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Tablet Case Project

Easy Tablet case project

This tablet case project is an extract from Take Two Fat Quarters: Bags & Purses by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier. Read our review of this book here. 

A tablet case makes a great gift. It doesn’t have to be fussy, as you can see, and it is an ideal FQ make. This case fits snugly and has enough cushioning to keep your darling device protected when it is not in use. The front pocket is incredibly useful too, not to mention easy to construct.

My case is for a 25.5cm (10in) tall tablet; if your tablet is quite a bit smaller, you can create your own paper pattern for cutting out the right fabric quantities by drawing around the tablet on a piece of paper then adding a 2cm (3/4in) outline all around.

Finished size

20cm (7¾in) wide x 25cm (9¾in) high x 2cm (¾in) deep

Padded tablet case project

Gather

Fabrics –

 One FQ for the outer – I’ve used quilting cotton

 One FQ for the lining – I’ve used quilting cotton

 

Interfacing –

 FQ of lightweight, sew-in foam interfacing – I’ve used Style-Vil by Vlieseline

 

Everything else –

 One 20cm (8in) zip for the

front pocket

 Something to decorate the zip pull – matching leather or vegan leather cut really thin (about 5mm or 1/4in is perfect) does a great job

 Your usual sewing needs (Sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter, ruler, iron, pins & fabric clips, marking tools, ruler, hand-sewing equipment)

Note:

Seam allowances are all 5mm (1/4in) unless otherwise stated. Please read through all the instructions carefully and assemble the equipment before you begin.

How to make a case for your tablet

Cutting

From the outer fabric (pink cotton):

                – One 21cm (8¼in) wide x 26.5cm (10½in) long piece for the main outer back

                – One 21cm (8¼in) wide x 20cm (8in) long piece for the front pocket bottom

                – One 21cm (8¼in) wide x 6.5cm (2½in) long piece for the front pocket top.

 

From the lining fabric (cream patterned cotton):

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                – Two 21cm (8¼in) wide x 26.5cm (10½in) long pieces for the main lining front and back

                – One 21cm (8¼in) wide x 20cm (8in) long piece for the front pocket lining front

                – One piece 21cm (8¼in) wide x 23cm (9in) long for the front pocket lining back.

 

Tip

There are no cutting notes for the foam interfacing. Instructions will be given as we go along, but the basic idea is to press the fabric panel to be interfaced and then pin it to a slightly larger piece of foam interfacing. Use a machine tacking/basting stitch to attach the panel to the foam, keeping a gentle yet taut tension on it. Then trim the excess foam away.

Tablet case project assembly instructions

In turn, attach the outer back, pocket front bottom and pocket front top to the Style-Vil foam, then trim the interfacing to the size of the pieces.

Simple tablet case tutorial

2. We will now make the front pocket. With the zip and the outer front pocket bottom and front pocket lining front, insert a sandwiched zip.

Do this by placing your zip face down lined up with the top edge of the exterior fabric. Then lay your lining fabric on top right side down aligning the edge with the top edge of your zip. Stitch into place. 

Fold back the zip and the lining so the zip is facing up and the lining is behind the front panel. Press into place.

Topstitch along the zip to decorate (see the photograph above). Do not attach the top bag sections to the second side of the zip yet.

3. Machine tack/baste the pocket layers together – around the sides and bottom, and within the seam allowance – to keep them nice and neat.

How to sew zips

4. Attach the top half of the front zip pocket outer to the top part of the zip (see the photo above) but don’t topstitch at this point. Note that this top half of the front zip pocket is not lined yet.

DIY tablet case

5. Lay the outer front pocket panel face down in front of you, then place the front pocket lining back (right side facing down) on top. Line up the bottom edge of the front pocket lining back with the bottom edge of the outer front pocket and pin or clip. The top of the front pocket lining back will extend just past the top of the zip tape, but not all the way to the top of the whole pocket.

How to topstitch a zip

6. Flip the panel over, fold the top zip tape up and topstitch along the zip (see the blue stitching in the photograph above). This seals the top of the pocket at the same time.

7. Machine tack/baste the bottom and sides, within the seam allowance, keeping the lining nice and taut as you stitch all the way around.

8. Lay the front pocket panel onto a piece of slightly larger Style-Vil foam interfacing and tack/baste on.

Tablet case pattern for beginners

To make up

9. With the right sides together, sew the front pocket panel and the main outer back together around the sides and base. Sew the main lining front and back in the same way, but leave a turning gap in the lining.

10. Clip across the seam allowances at the corners of both bags and turn the outer the right way out. Use an appropriate tool to carefully push the corners out so that they are sharp.

11. With the outer the right way out and the lining inside out, pull the lining on over the outer and line up the side seams.

12. Sew all around the top edge, leaving no gaps. Turn the bag out through the gap in the lining, fold the raw edges of the gap inside and then close the gap by machine. Stuff the lining down into the bag and topstitch around the top edge.

13. Decorate the zip pull with your piece of leather or vegan leather, making sure it is long enough to knot casually.

Order your copy of Take Two Fat Quarters: Bags & Purses from the Search Press website. 

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