Today I’m going to show you how to sew your own padded iPad case (with tips on modifying it for any electronic that needs a padded case) & I’ll give you the pattern I used for the flap on mine. Plus some views of an iPad stand I made (took it with me to Blissdom) & a link where you can buy a similar pattern.
If you would like to post the finished results of you trying this pattern on your blog please do so but please include my full blog name with a direct link to this post. Please do not provide the pattern on your site- send your readers here to download it for themselves. Thank you!
Let’s get started! Here is what we will be making today:
So let’s look at what we’ll need:
Supplies: iPad (or electronic like a cell phone, iPod, hand-held game, etc.), batting, fabric (some for outside & some for lining), sew-on Velcro (or snaps), coordinating thread, & pins. You will need the measuring tape if you are making a case for something besides the iPad.
Step one: print out flap pattern (available for download here: iPad flap pattern )- make sure it goes completely across the 8.5″ side of a piece of computer paper for it to be the correct size (for an iPad- you’ll have to play around with enlarging & shrinking it to get the right size for other electronics).
Then cut off the corners (where it is striped)
After that you’ll need to tape a second full piece of computer paper to the pattern (where it indicates) in order to get the correct length.
Then lay your electronic on the pattern to make sure there is enough length & width.
This is where I take the unconventional sewing route (sorry I totally blanked on these pictures). For the non-flap side I lay the batting, then the lining fabric (right side up), then the outside fabric (right side down) and place the electronic on top & pin around leaving more than an inch of allowance. Leave the bottom open for turning. I sew around the 3 sides, clip the seams close & reach in between the lining & outside fabric and pull inside out. Set aside.
For the flap side lay the pattern on the wrong side of the outside fabric. Trace & cut out. Then lay the fabrics in the same stacked order as above and pin around. leave the bottom open again for turning. Sew, turn & continue to the next step.
The last step (sorry I lapsed on the photos again) is to take the two pieces & place them outside fabrics together. Sew the bottom & two sides (leave the side with the flap open or you won’t have a place to put the iPad haha) together then turn it inside out- you’re done! This is where I sewed the Velcro on the flap & the top edge because I didn’t care that you would see the seam from the outside. You could add it to just the outside pieces before you sew it all together if you don’t like to see the seam OR you could make a super cute pin on decoration for the flap & that would hide it! 🙂
I know there are ways to sew a pouch with no raw seams in the lining inside but I really was in a rush & didn’t care-plus this was just super easy so I took the easy way out. No one has asked to look inside my case–yet–they might after reading this post lol!
I also wanted to share with you the sturdy stand I made to take with me to Blissdom:
If you want a pattern that is very similar to this (it’s narrower- sized to just fit the iPad & not the stylus) you can get one for $9.95 from the Sew Spoiled etsy shop.
If you’d like to make your own stylus you can go visit my friend Karen from Saving The Family Money’s video tutorial! I didn’t follow her tutorial exactly (no drilling for me lol) but you can get the idea!
What do you think? Will you try making your own case? I’d love to see pictures!!
Have a happy day,
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Reminder: If you would like to post the results of you trying this pattern on your blog please do so but please include my full blog name with a direct link to this post. Please do not provide the pattern on your site- send your readers here to download it for themselves. Thank you!