My favorite things to sew are dresses because I love wearing them and the summer is a great time for flirty and fun outfits. I also get to make things that are just the right size for me, instead of buying a “size small” at the department store where I could fit Skye and Sakura inside the chest area, if you get my drift.
My second favorite things to sew are things that are practical that Adam would like. And no, I have not tried to sew him any clothes or make him wear anything I’ve done. But he did appreciate the protective cover I made for our new smoker in the backyard. Gotta protect that brisket-making-machine! Come over if you want to see it sometime.
The reason for this post is to demonstrate how to make another practical protector – a cover for a tablet device. The example I’m showing below is for a Kindle.
First, make two pouches out of two kinds of fabric. My outer layer is a striped linen fabric with very neutral tones. My inner layer is a brown fleece. The fleece will serve as padding for the case. I’m sure you could experiment with different kinds of fabric.
With right sides together, sew three sides (or two sides if you decide to use one folded piece) and leave one long side open.
Turn the outer layer ride side out. Carefully sew on about 1 inch of Velcro (the soft fuzzy side) onto the middle of the outer layer, about an inch or so from the open edge.
Turn the outer layer inside out. Turn the inner layer right side out. Then, stuff the inner layer inside so that the right sides are touching. Set it aside.
Now cut out a rectangle about 2”x5” from each of the fabrics. Take about 1 inch of the other Velcro piece (the spikey rough side) and sew it to the inner layer piece. Put the two rectangle pieces with right sides together and sew around, leaving the end open.
Turn the piece inside out, and there you have your flap.
Insert the flap piece into the pouch on the opposite side from where the soft Velcro piece is sewn. It is very important that the flap piece goes inside, in between the inner and outer layers, with the end sticking out. Pin all around. Then, sew all around the open edge of the pouch, joining the inner layer to the outer layer and securing the flap. Be sure to leave about 3-4 inches open so you can turn it inside out.
Okay, now turn it inside out.
And then stuff the lining inside of the pouch.
Almost done! See that opening that was used to turn the whole thing inside out? Now just top-stich all the way around the outer edge, sewing very close to the edge of the outer layer to give it a finished look.
Insert your Kindle device, and there you have it!
As the title of this post implies, a similar protective cover/pouch can be made for the iPad. I’ll post them next time when I can grab some pictures of the iPad cases I made for my husband. Yes, that is plural cases… one of them is a surprise for him. I’ll show you soon!