Hello and Happy Wednesday! My name is Rochelle, blogger at Lucky Lucille, and today I’m sharing a tutorial for making your own quilted tablet sleeve. The featured fabric in today’s post is the wonderful linen blend canvas by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton & Steel, paired with a quilting cotton print from their basics collection. Both fabrics can be found here and here, respectively. I aim to keep this tutorial quick and to the point so please refer to the photos to back up my brief instructions, and read through everything thoroughly first before getting started. Let’s do this!
Okay, so there are a few materials to gather before we get started. You’ll need the tablet, laptop, or other device you’d like to make the sleeve for, some fabric for the outside of the sleeve, some batting, a coordinating fabric for the lining, one button, matching thread, a ruler or measuring tape, and a length of 2” wide bias tape if you prefer not to make your own. Using a rotary cutter and cutting mat is the easiest way to cut your fabric, but it’s simple enough to make yourself a paper template from your device’s measurements.
Step One: Measure
We’ll start by taking a few measurements. You need to measure the length of your device, the width, and the thickness. For example, my iPad mini measures 7.75” tall (long), 5.25” wide, and about .25” thick. Now we’re going to do a wee bit of math to determine how to cut our fabric. To account for the thickness of your device, add the thickness to each side of the length and width. For example, my new measurements would be 8.25” tall by 5.75” wide. Now, add 1” to each of those measurements to include a 1/2” seam allowance. My new measurements would be 9.25” x 6.75”. Finally, to add a tiny bit of ease to my sleeve, I’m going to round up to 9.5” by 7”.
Still with me? Awesome! Now we’re ready to cut out our fabric.
Step Two: Cut Your Fabric
Using the measurements you just figured out, cut two of your outer fabric, your lining fabric, and your batting. Also cut a 2” wide strip of outer fabric on the bias that’s long enough to bind the opening of your sleeve. Finally, cut two rectangles of outer fabric to use for your button tab. My button tab pieces measure 2.75” wide by 5.5” long (my 1/2” seam allowance is included in this). For a bigger device you may choose a much wider button tab. Use your creative license :)
Step Three: Prep Outer Sleeve
Lay your quilt batting on the wrong side of your outer fabric pieces. I chose to trim my batting down before quilting to reduce bulk at the side seams. I pinned my fabric in place from the right side so I could quilt from the top.
Step Four: Quilt
Using whichever stitch design you prefer, quilt both outer fabric pieces. I picked a random, free-hand rectangles design. If you’re looking for an effective yet super simple quilting method, you can sew many straight lines down the length of your outer fabric …or across …or both! Again, use your creative license.
Step Five: Sew Outer Sleeve and Lining
With right sides facing and using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of your outer sleeve leaving the top seam open. Repeat for the fabric lining. Turn the outer sleeve rightside out, leave the lining wrongside out. Now with wrong sides facing, slip the lining into the outer sleeve through the open top seam.
Step Six: Baste Layers Together
With side seams aligned, corners nicely pushed out, and top seams even, baste the lining to the outer sleeve along the top using a long temporary stitch.
Step Seven and Eight: Sew Bias Tape
With the right side of your bias strip facing the sleeve lining, sew bias tape to the inside of your sleeve. I really like this bias tape tutorial by Colette Patterns if you need extra help: https://blog.colettehq.com/tutorials/facing-or-detail-bias-binding
Press your bias tape up so the wrong side faces toward you leaving a clean seam on the inside of your sleeve.
Step Nine: Finish Bias Tape
Press allowance of bias tape down towards the outside of your sleeve to sandwich the raw seam inside. Edgestitch in place from the outside to secure the bias tape and finish the body of your sleeve.
Step Ten: Make Button Tab
With right sides together, using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew along the perimeter of your button tab leaving the top edge open as you did sewing the sleeve body. Turn rightside out, gently push corners outward and press flat. Topstitch around the outside of your tab and add your button hole to the finished end. Press the seam allowance of the raw, open end to the underside of your tab and press finished tab in half. Find the center of the back of your sleeve and mark with a pin.
Step Eleven: Attach Button Tab
Secure the button tab to the back of your sleeve by edgestitching the folded bottom seam in place. Next, secure the top of your button tab by stitching across the top following the seam of your bias tape. Follow the topstiching along the length of your button tab to secure the sides, add an X across for an extra fancy effect.
Step Twelve: Mark Button
Fold the finished, secured button tab over to the front and mark the placement for the button. An easy way to do this is to align the tab flat, as if it were already buttoned, and stick a fabric marking pencil directly through the center of the button hole. When you lift the button tab up there will be a mark of chalk exactly where your button should go.
The last step is to sew your button at the spot you marked and voila! – A new sleeve for your iPad, Kindle, or laptop.
Thanks for following along, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!