Friday, March 1, 2013
Snappy iPad Sleeve
So it took more than a couple of days, but I was able to complete the second tablet sleeve and share with you - better late than never, right?
Here's the Nook sleeve I made where I made a front and a back and sewed the two sides together. For this iPad sleeve, I used a different method where I made an outer and inner sleeve and sewed them together. Let's see how:
We started with an outline traced of the iPad - this is the picture I took of the Nook outline; the iPad is on the reverse but I didn't take a picture. The dimensions I measured for the iPad were 9 1/4" x 11 1/4".
Fabric cuts: Exterior - two cuts of the white on black home decor fabric. Interior - one cut of the black on white home decor fabric, a piece of the felted wool sweater my friend gave me to use for this project, one cut of fusible fleece (minus 3/8" seam allowances all around), and a square to use as the tab closure (about 3" x 3 1/2"). I would have used the felt for both sides of the interior, but there wasn't enough remaining after the Nook sleeve and another small project : (
With right sides together, sew along three sides of the exterior fabrics. Repeat for interior fabrics. Make the tab closure by sewing along two sides with right sides together, then clip, turn and topstitch. One end can remain raw as it will be trapped inside the sleeve. Apply the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the interior fabric (not the felt). My fleece did not want to cooperate and didn't fuse well, so you'll see it coming loose in the next photos. Trim seams and notch curves.
Leave the exterior fabric wrong side out. Turn the interior fabrics so the right sides are out and then tuck the interior fabric inside the exterior fabric. Now your right sides are all facing each other inside the sleeve. Line up the tops and pin in place. Center the closure tab on the backside of the sleeve and pin in place. You can see the double pins on the opposite side - those are to remind me to leave an opening there. Stitch around the top, leaving an opening for turning.
Pull the interior of the sleeve out.
And then pull the whole thing through the opening.
Stuff the interior back inside the sleeve. Add a snap to the front of the sleeve between the layers so the iPad doesn't get scratched and the corresponding part on the end of the tab closure - I forgot to take pictures of this step - whoops! You could also do a buttonhole on the tab and a button on the front of the sleeve. Topstitch around the top of the sleeve, tucking in the raw edges left from turning.
Slide in your iPad (shucks, I don't have one to slide in!), snap it closed and you're ready to go! Kim, I hope you like these handmade goodies -- Love you!
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