This iPad mini case project is ideal for fat quarters of fabric as it can be made from a single FQ if you use the same fabric for the outer and lining. The basic case is simple to make and has no metal fasteners that could damage your tablet as it is secured with an integral tab. The case is lightly padded with fusible fleece and can be embellished with quilting.
If you want something a little more challenging, then you can add a zip pocket for your earphones, find the instructions for doing that at the bottom of this post. The pattern has been designed to fit an iPad mini (plus smart cover) with some ease, but will provide a more generous fit for other similar sized tablets.
You will need
Outer fabric [minimum size 25 cm (W) x 45 cm (H)] I used Art Gallery Fabrics provided by Hantex
Lining fabric [minimum size 25 cm (W) x 45 cm (H)
Fusible fleece [minimum size 25 cm (W) x 45 cm (H)]
Piece of gross grain ribbon, approximately 2 cm wide and at least 14 cm long
Scrap of leather, vinyl or any other non-fraying fabric, at least 2 x 10 cm in size.
Pattern – Download the pdf pattern from here
Print the pattern pdf, ensuring that it is printed at actual size and that any fit/scale/shrink options are not selected. If you want to add a zipped pocket the location is marked on the pattern. Join together pattern pieces A, B and C.
Using the pattern cut one each of the outer fabric, the lining fabric and the fusible fleece.
Pieces of fusible fleece can be joined by butting the edges together and stitching with a wide zigzag.
From the gross grain ribbon, cut a piece 14 cm long
From the leather/vinyl, use the pattern to cut a tab holder (this is approximately 2 x 10cm).
Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the outer fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Optional: Lightly quilt the outer fabric/fleece – I used simple linear patterns, but you might be more adventurous. If you are planning on using a dense quilting pattern, it is advisable to quilt a piece of fabric slightly larger than the pattern piece and cut it to size after quilting.
Mark the positions of the tab holder on the right side of the outer fabric. (The tab holder is placed centrally and approximately 7cm from the edge.)
If using ribbon, fold under 1cm at each end of the ribbon and fold under again so that the raw edges are enclosed. Pin the tab holder to the fabric and stitch to the fabric as shown.
If using leather/vinyl, temporarily secure the tab holder to the fabric using tape or long pins placed OVER the leather/vinyl. Carefully stitch each end of the tab holder. Do not use a fixing stitch or reverse stitching to secure your stitching, but instead take the thread ends to the wrong side and tie off.
Optional : A zipped pocket can be added at this point, see additional instructions.
With right sides facing, stitch together the lining and outer fabric using a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a 10 cm opening along one side (as indicated by the dotted line). It may be helpful to mark the beginning and end of the opening with double pins.
Trim the seam allowance to ~0.5cm EXCEPT at the opening.
Notch the outer curves and clip the inner curves.
Turn to the right side and press. Fold in the raw edges at the opening and hand stitch the gap closed.
Fold the tab holder end to the main body, placing the fold line approximately 14 cm from the edge. Starting at the fold, top stitch the two layers together, continuing round the tab end and down the other side (as indicated by the dotted line).
The stitching should be a few millimetres from the edge.
Ta Da! Your case is finished
OPTIONAL ZIP POCKET
You will need
10 cm/4” zip (or longer, it can be cut to size)
Pocket fabric, 15 cm x 22 cm
Using the pattern as a guide, mark the position of the zip on the right side of the main fabric piece.
Fold the pocket fabric in half so that it measures 15 x 11 cm and finger press the fold line. Open out the fabric and on the wrong side, mark a line 10 cm long centred along the fold line (the ends of the line will be 2.5 cm from the edge of the fabric).
Matching the lines, pin the pocket fabric to the main fabric, right sides together. Using a slightly shorter stitch length than usual, stitch a few millimetres from the fold line to make a rectangle.
Place a pin at each end of the stitching and carefully cut along the fold line through all layers of fabric, making small diagonal clips into the corners.
Turn the pocket lining to the wrong side of the main piece and press the opening. If you are able to trim some of the fleece from the seam allowance, it will help the opening lie flat.
Pin the zip to the opening in the fabric, and tack in place if needed.
Stitch a few millimetres from the edge of the opening, ensuring that the pocket fabric is kept well away from the zip and doesn’t get caught in the stitching.
Fold the pocket fabric together – don’t worry that the lower edges do not meet.
Trim excess fabric from the lower edge and stitch around the sides using a 1 cm seam allowance. Neaten the raw edges using a zig-zag stitch.