I feel almost embarrassed to state that I’m a noobie iPad owner, something that I feel so lucky about yet slightly ashamed as it was such an expensive treat….but I kind of saved up for it & am truly enjoying it even more than I thought I would. Anyway, I am an apologist about it & the less said about my guilt the better, however, I wanted to share a brill tutorial to make a cover/ jacket for it. Not a sleeping bag to keep it safe & warm, but a robust flappy reading folder, a jacket, an IPad cover to protect it from bumps and what’s more, it’s been designed to prop up your iPad for when you’re watching a sewing or knitting tutorial on You Tube, following a recipe, reading a blog, watching a programme or whatever else use a tilted screen could have for you (you tell me?!)
I followed this tutorial by Chica and Jo which required some hardboard & wide elastic plus fabric, of course. I had a revelation when I remembered that I had some Snoopy fabric in my stash ….
It was a piece printed with pages to be made into a soft book showing the dude himself doing his grand tour of Europe. The printed “pages” were almost the right size for the iPad template, but I admit I spent ages trying to cut the fabric to design which picture appeared where. And I still got it wrong! I had no idea Italy & a Harley would turn out to be on the front!
The design is clever: you create the elasticated cornered area for your iPad to sit, then the tutorial takes you through the process of creating the bagged fabric that is stiffened & segmented by appropriate sized pieces of hard board (jeez this stuff is a pain to cut with a Stanley knife, I tell you!).
Once you have your fabric bag, you pop in each piece, in order, sewing them into place as you go so that you end up with a “jointed” & very firm robust case. It also has an elastic to hold it all closed when your iPad is not being used.
Ipad cover back
You may have noticed that I scooped some awesome rainbow elastic for mine. Unfortunately despite thinking & rethinking, I attached it the wrong way up (yes, my elastic has a right & a wrong side) grr. I only discovered this after sewing the 5 boards & their 4 separating seams in place having not truly worked out the mechanics of the case until that point.
I was not going to undo all that because my boards were also quite a tight fit & I didn’t fancy drawing them back out of the fabric. Therefore the elastic is either upside down, or I twist it to get max rainbow benefit, or I use this hairband I bought
Give it a go, this is a really good tutorial, & now I have something (apart from its original box) to use, I can get on with some other sewing. And what may that be you ask? Well, nagging at the back of my mind is the 40s Minnado dress I need to alter (it could be very useful for Autumn methinks) plus I am in the final throes of trying another trouser pattern, & trying to get a good fit. That is where I am off to now …..hope you are all enjoying your Sundays :-) what are you sewing this weekend?