Sew Cute: Personalized iPad Sleeve
I’m not super tech-savvy. My hobby is sewing, after all, which is pretty old school. It took me years to give in and get a smartphone—and of course, now that I have one, I’m smitten! So when my boyfriend received a tablet for Christmas, I didn’t expect to find it as fascinating as I do. I’ve retrained myself from borrowing it too much, but I couldn’t resist making a custom case for it (although store-bought cases can be pretty adorable too!).
This is a nice, simple sleeve, crafted with felt for sturdiness and soft liner fabric to protect the tablet’s screen, and a cheeky word across the front. The top snaps shut so the tablet won’t slip out in transit. I made it guy-friendly, so the colors are pretty basic, but the sleeve would look so adorable with a bright color or pattern. It’s also easy to customize with a word, phrase, or initials—the possibilities are endless!
*Note: I made this cover for an iPad Air, so you’ll need to adjust the size for other types of tablets. To do so, measure your tablet and add an extra half-inch around the sides and bottom, and an extra two inches around the top.
- Felt for the outside of the cover
- Soft, shed-resistant fabric for the inside of the cover
- Contrasting fabric for the letters
- Thread in a corresponding color to the fabric for the outside of the cover
- Thread in a corresponding color to the fabric for the letters
- Basic sewing needle
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Ballpoint pen
- Iron and ironing board
- Optional: sewing machine
- Trace two 7 3/4-inch by 11 1/2-inch inch rectangles onto the cover fabric and liner fabric. Cut all four shapes out.
- Trace the word “mine.” onto the fabric for the letters, making the letters 1 1/2 inches tall. You can freehand this, or print out letters to use as a template (I hand-drew mine to give the sleeve a more hand-made look). Cut the letters out.
- Pin the letters across the top of one of the cover pieces, leaving 2 inches of room between the letters and the top of the fabric, and 1 1/2 inches between the letters and the side of the fabric.
- Cut a couple of feet of the thread that matches the letter fabric, fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
- Stitch the letters into place using a simple looping motion, keeping your stitches close together to create a more uniform look. Knot your work when you’ve completed each letter.
- Fold the top edge of the cover piece with the letters down 1/2 inch, towards the back of the fabric. Fold the top edge of one of the liner pieces down 1/2 inch as well. Stack the two pieces of fabric together with folds facing. Iron the fold, and pin it to set it in place. Pro tip: it’s not great to put too much direct heat on felt, so I recommend putting another piece of fabric between it and the iron while pressing.
- Stitch the fold in place using either the sewing machine, or the needle and the thread that corresponds to the color of the cover fabric. Place your seam 1/4 inch in from the edge of the fabric.
- Repeat the above two steps with the other cover piece and liner piece.
- Stack the two halves of the cover together, felt to felt, and pin them in place.
- Stitch the two pieces together using the sewing machine or the needle and thread. Keep your stitches 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric, and leave the top open.
- Flip the cover right-side out and iron it to set its shape.
- Stitch each side of the snap into the top of the cover, ensuring that the edges of the fabric can meet over the top of the tablet. To do this, first stitch the female side of the snap in place in the back of the case, then match the male end up with it.
- You’re finished! Slip your tablet into its comfy, cute new case.