This fabric was a leftover rayon suiting from some pants that I made. I’m kind of a plaid pants freak ^w^ The zipper was leftover from a bag project and the inner seams are bound with some bias tape I had lying around. Wooo destashing! And in the end I used up every bit of that purple plaid. No survivors!
I don’t actually own an iPad myself (nor can I afford to buy one for my boyfriend, who wants one so badly). But I figured with all the people out there who probably got one for Christmas, having a project for a free case might help some peoples out! The case is padded lightly with some batting, and gives an inch or two of wiggle room. So if you’re one of those people who likes to put their electronics in a hard case then in a soft case, this will give you room for that. There’s also a little pocket on the front for putting your charging cable. All in all, a very sweet and stylish recycling of one of my favorite fabrics 😀
Materials & Tools:
• ⅓ yd. of medium weight fabric for outer bag (denim, twill, or suiting is good)
• ⅓ yd. of lightweight fabric for lining (I used quilting cotton here)
• ⅓ yd. of batting (I used cotton batting here. The thinner it is, the easier it will be to sew)
• 20” zipper (at least)
• 2” of ¾” wide Velcro
• 4¼” of ⅜” elastic (optional)
• 2½ yds. of bias binding tape (optional; either store bought or homemade is fine)
• Matching sewing thread
• Sewing needle
Before you begin:
1. Print out the project pattern here
2. Assemble the pattern pieces, see the page here for more help
3. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut them out
4. Mark the fabric pieces with the markings from the pattern
1. Install the zipper along the case top pieces. Do this by layering a top piece from both your outer fabric and lining with one side of your zipper tape in between. Line up the unnotched edges of your fabric with the zipper tape. You’ll see that there’s a smaller ¼” seam allowance for this, and this is to accommodate how you’ll be sewing along the zipper tape for your seam. Using your zipper foot (if you have one, it’s not absolutely necessary), sew all 3 layers together. Repeat this for the other side of the zipper, and press the fabric away from the zipper. Slide the zipper slider down, and trim off the zipper teeth that extend over each side (if any).
At this point you’ll want to layer your case bottom pieces over this new zipper section you’ve created. They should be about the same length and width. There might be a few millimeters difference due to the width of your zipper tape, so take this opportunity to trim your zippered section so it’s the same size as your bottom pieces. This will make steps 2 and 11 much easier for you.
2. Layer the bottom piece for the outer case fabric on top of the end of your zipper and the lining piece beneath. Sew all these layers together very carefully. I would use the flywheel only, personally, to be sure that the needle doesn’t break when you try to sew over the zipper. Repeat this with the other ends of your case bottom and the other end of your zipper. You should be left with a ring.
Onto the pocket!
3. Sew the flap pieces together, both the outer case and the lining. Leave one long side open for turning it right side out. Clip the corners, turn the flap right side out, and press it flat.
6. If you want, this is where you can take your small piece of elastic and sew each end to one of the top corners of the pocket. It won’t reach all the way across, but this is what will make your pocket elasticized and cinch in on the top so items are less likely to fall out.
7. Clip the corners of the top of the pocket and turn it right side out. Tuck under the opening that you had and iron it very flat. If you’ve done the elastic bit, you’ll need to sew along the top edge of the pocket. Stretch the elastic and sew through it, about ⅜” from the top edge. This will anchor your elastic in place.
9. Sew the pocket sides and bottom along the pattern guidelines. Sew the flap as well by lining up the seam line on the unfinished edge of the flap with the pattern guideline (right sides together) and the Velcro pointed towards the top of the bag. Sew the flap in place, fold it down, and it should match up with the Velcro on the pocket. Iron the flap down and topstitch about ¼” away from the folded edge to hold the flap down.
Now back to the bag:
10. Layer the lining, batting, and outer case fabrics for the front together as a sandwich with the right sides facing outward. Baste all the layers together to make the next step easier. Repeat this with the case back pieces.
11. Match up the notches on the case front with those on the case top and bottom. You’ll see that the ring with your zipper installed should reach all the way around your case. If for some reason it doesn’t, you can always go back to step 2 and redo your seam allowances either larger (to make the ring smaller) or smaller (to make the ring bigger). Sew the ring in place, and keep in mind that you might want to clip your seam allowances at the corners to make the curves go easier.
12. Wrap your bias binding around the raw edges of your seam to keep them from fraying or looking ugly. Sew the binding in place. You could also leave the edges raw or finish them with other methods such as pinking or sewing a zigzag stitch.
Now your iPad should have a nice little home! Hopefully this project wasn’t too complicated as I realize there were a few curveballs here and there. Let me know in the comments if you’ve had any problems. Or do you have a kind of case that’s your favorite for electronics? Let me know!
All in all, I hope you enjoy making this project, or if you’d rather have the one from the pictures, you can buy it from my Etsy.
If you do wind up making the project, I’d love to see it! And I’ll send you free patterns from my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
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