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Ipad Case Project

How to sew a fabric case for your ipad

This project is written by sewing tutor and author Helen Rhiannon from All Sewn Up Wales.

The iPad case is the ideal gift for Father’s Day.  It is simple to make yet looks more complicated than it is!  Honest!  You could also stitch in a layer of thin wadding to the outside pieces of fabric or add some fusible fleece for a little bit of padding. Good luck!

What you need

I used three different fabrics for the iPad case so three fat quarters will be more than enough if you choose to use three fabrics also.  The bias binding can be bought on the roll if you want to save on your fabric.



Fabric –  2-3 Fat Quarters.

I used Textures  from Art Gallery Fabrics Kindly provided by Hantex.

Bias Binding if not cutting it out from fabric

11 inch Zip – (The length can be longer than needed as it gets cut to fit). For bindings and zips, visit Weaver Dee

If you want to make a padded case you could add fusible fleece to the outer fabric pieces.

Fabric Scissors



Matching thread

Sewing Machine – Straight stitch length 2.5

Templates – Print A4 – One and two

Stage 1 – Cutting out your iPad case.

Lay fabric out with any patterns facing up.  Lay your pattern pieces onto the fabric as instructed and place the edge of the pattern on the fold of the fabric where necessary.  Keep the ‘grainline’ in line with the natural straight edge of the fabric.  If adding wadding or fusible fleece add them to your 2 outer pieces now.

Sewing a bound pocket

Stage 2 –  Preparing and sewing the Bias Binding.

Iron the bias binding fabric flat and then press half a centimetre of fabric into the centre on both sides.  Then fold the piece in half lengthways and press again with some steam.

Get your pocket piece.  Place the right side of the fabric facedown to the table.  You will have the wrong side facing up at you. 

Position the edge of the bias binding alongside the edge of the piece with the wrong side of the bias binding facing up at you.

 You will now sew along the crease of the fabric which is 5mm from the edge of the bias binding.

How to sew binding

TIP– Make sure your needle is in the central position and then you can normally place the edge of your foot alongside the edge of the fabrics and this should be roughly 5mm from the edge when sewing.  Check to be sure!

Flip your piece over so the right side of the fabric is facing you.  Fold the bias binding over the raw edge to the right side of the front.  Make sure the edge of the bias binding is sitting over the row of stitching by a few millimetres and pin in place.

How to bind a seam

Sew along the edge of the bias binding approximately 2mm from the edge.  Press well when finished.

Father's day gift to sew

Stage 3 – Preparing the front piece and the zip.

Place the pocket on top of the front piece and pin in position.

Now place the zip along the top of the front piece.  Make sure you place the end of the zip exactly on the fabric edge so the fastener is approximately 1cm from the edge when zip is closed. (See photo).

Cut the zip to length so it fits the exact width of the iPad case.

How to sew zip tabs

Stage 4  –  Neatening the end of the zip.

Using a scrap of fabric approximately 3cm long and 1.5cm wide, fold in half and pin to the end of the zip.  Stitch along the edge of the fold.

To help reduce bulk when sewing the zip in later on, cut away the plastic teeth.

Sewing a case for an ipad

Stage 5 – Sewing the front and back sections onto the zip.

Place the zip face up and then place the front and back sections either side as shown in the photo.

Flip the front piece up and over so that the top edge matches the lower edge of the zip.  Pin in place.  When pinned, flip it back over as in photo.  Then flip the back piece over so the top edge matches the other side of the zip.  Pin in place. 

Using your zipper foot, sew both parts where pinned. See tip below. Don’t sew too close to the teeth of the zip.

How to top stitch a zip

TIP – Before sewing, undo the zip a few inches, sew down to the zipper and keep the needle in.  Lift the foot and do the zip back up.  Continue to sew.  This allows you to keep a straight line.  Repeat for the other side.

OPTIONAL – Top stitch the seam edges on the front and back but make sure you sew no more than 2mm from the edge of the seam, see photo above.  You don’t have to do this.  You can just press it flat from the top but be careful not to melt the zip!

How to attach lining to a zip

Stage 6 – Sewing your linings to the zip.

Place your sewn pieces face down so you are looking at the wrong sides of the fabric.  (The zip is face down).  Place your lining pieces face up on top, as shown in the photo above.

Flip the top piece down and match the raw edge of the fabric to the top edge of the zip.  Pin in place.  Then, flip the bottom piece up and match the raw edge of the fabric to the edge of the zip. Pin in place.

You will see that you are sandwiching the zip between the two raw edges of the outside and lining fabric edges. Sew each pinned edge using your zipper foot.  Sew  the whole length of the zip.

Gadget case sewing tutorials

Stage 7 – Sewing the iPad case together.

You should have the outside pieces and top of the zip facing down on the table and the linings and back of zip facing up.  Fold one lining piece over to meet the other lining piece so that the right sides are together and your corners match.  Pin linings together all the way around.

Repeat for the outside pieces by matching the right sides together and pinning all the way around.

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Pin right up to the zip as shown in the photo.  The zip is on it’s side at a 90 degree angle to the table. When you have pinned up to the zip, keep the pins in and fold the zip to one side so it is flat with the fabric.  Pin in place to allow you to sew over it. 

Important – Undo the zip before sewing around the outside otherwise you won’t be able to turn it the right way round. Trust me!

Sew the whole way around with a 1cm seam allowance, making sure to pivot at the corners.  Also make sure you leave a gap in the lining to be able to turn it through.

Making an ipad case

Stage 8 – Finishing the iPad case. 

Trim the corners like in the photo above and then turn the iPad through.  Poke the corners out and the ends of the zip.

Handsew the gap and you are fnished!  Get your iPad and place inside for a cosy fit. Fiddly project but worth it! 

How to sew a fabric case for your ipad

You can make it to fit other tablets also by altering the length and width of the patterns.  Make it at least 2cm wider for each side to be abe to fit the tablet in with the zip in place. 

Please let me know how you get on making your own and if you have any questions, then please just get in touch!

Do share pictures on my facebook fanpage as I love to see what everyone makes.

Thanks! Helen @AllSewnUp