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iPad Cover Tutorial – DIY iPad Case Using Fat Quarters

This is a nice easy DIY iPad case using just two fat quarters, or 3 if you want to use 3 contrasting colors.

These iPad covers will suit most iPads, including the iPad Pro, but probably not the larger version. But they certainly fit Paula’s iPad 4 and my iPad Air.  They may also fit some android tablets.

Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for the step by step written instructions

Measurements

  • These iPad covers measure 8½” x 11 ¼” when finished.

What You Need

To make this DIY iPad case, you will need two fat quarters. If you want to use 3 different colors, then you would need 3 fat quarters or you can just use yardage or scraps you have on hand.

Fabric

  • Back  – 1 piece 12″ x 18½”
  • Bottom Front – 1 piece 12″ x 13½”
  • Top Front – 1 piece 12″ x 4½”

Fusible Fleece or Batting

  • Back – 1 piece 12″ x 9¼”
  • Bottom Front – 12 x 6½”
  • Top Front – 12″ x 2″

Accessories

TOOLS USED IN THIS TUTORIAL

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Method

  • Fold all 3 pieces of fabric in half along the short width.
  • Press each piece so that you have a nice crease along the folded edge.

  • Place each piece of fusible fleece/batting in between the folded fabrics.
  • If you are using fusible fleece you will need to iron into place. You won’t need to do this if you are using batting.

  • Lay the zip on the mat, zipper pull facing up.
  • Place the top front piece of fabric and place it along the zipper teeth.
  • Don’t butt it up too close to the zip as it may get caught in the fabric when zipping and unzipping the pouch.
    NOTE:
    We used a Lapel Stick to hold the fabric in place along the zipper (watch the video to see this in action) however you can just use pins. We used both.

  • Sew along the fabric with a zipper foot.
  • Repeat the process with the front bottom piece of the fabric.

  • Now we need to trim the excess zipper from each end. We will start on the side that has the end of the zip.
  • Also, make sure the pieces of fabric line up. If you do have a slight difference like we did, you can trim the side.
    NOTE:
    If you have a lot of difference then you need to unpick one side and resew it. You don’t want to trim too much as your tablet may not fit the pouch.

NOTE- IMPORTANT:
Before you trim the other end of the zip, open up the zipper about halfway or slightly more.

  • Now you can trim the other end of the zip. We used scissors here.

  • Now grab your backing fabric.
  • You can place this whichever way you want as it looks the same either way. It also doesn’t matter whether the folded end is at the top or the bottom.

  • Place the front piece face down over the top of the backing piece.

  • Pin in place.
  • Sew all around the outer edges with a ¼” seam. Back-stitch over the zipper parts to help reinforce them.
  • Note that you don’t need to leave an opening as you will be turning the bag through the open zip. This is why it is so important that you leave the zip open.
  • Use a walking foot if you have one as it will help to keep the layers together whilst sewing.

  • Carefully trim the excess away from the corners, to reduce the bulk.

  • Turn the pouch through and carefully ease out the corners.
  • Press the pouch.
  • Add your tassel or bag handle or you can leave it with just the zipper pull