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Designing an iPad Case

July 8, 2012

I can’t ever seem to follow directions during my monthly sewing class at Eddie’s Quilting Bee. This month everyone was making linen napkins. They were really nice, but since I hadn’t gotten the monthly project email, I came with my own project in mind: a case for my new iPad.

I wanted it to be just a little bit bigger than the iPad in all dimensions so I took my iPad with me to class. I picked out a big, bold print that would go with the iPad’s green cover, and I cut the fabric so that each side contained the same motif in a different colorway. I got the basic design for the zipper and pockets from a friend’s iPad case, only I added a button to one of the interior pockets to secure small items like the charge cord, and I also added an extra pocket inside for my stylus. My iPad is going to be mostly used for work – taking notes at seminars and conferences, reading papers, etc., so having a stylus on hand at all times is key. And, I can’t afford to lose it as its more than one should pay for what is essentially a pen. So, a special narrow pocket in the case seemed like as easy solution.

My original idea was to use left over minky scraps for the lining, figuring my iPad would be nice and cozy encased by all that fluff. But, after I worked out how to insert the lining, all that fluff made the case too small for my iPad. I could only just squeeze it in. So, out came the minky and in went a simple cotton.

The only thing I’d change if I were to make another is to add a second external pocket. I’d then also add handles to the outside that could tuck away in the two outside pockets, giving me the ability to use the case as a clutch and as a bag.

But, that aside, I couldn’t be happier with the case.  It was really fun to take an idea I had in my head and figure out how to make it happen in fabric.  It’s going to get a lot of use!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2012 7:19 am

    That case looks so beautiful. Your iPad will be very happy and I love the ideas you included in your design.

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    July 8, 2012 7:43 am

    VERY cute!!! What a great print and it is nice to have a secure place for the stylus. Probably way more practical than linen napkins. ;)

  3. July 8, 2012 10:44 am

    how cute and fun! And so much simpler than your jacket!

  4. July 8, 2012 11:08 am

    Super cute!

  5. July 8, 2012 2:53 pm

    Great iPad cover!!

  6. July 9, 2012 8:48 am

    Love it, one of those is on my list to do as well.

  7. July 10, 2012 11:10 am

    Adorable! And I have the same green iPad cover!

  8. July 11, 2012 7:09 pm

    That’s one cute case! And how great that it was such a fast project :)

  9. July 12, 2012 8:48 am

    Cute! I have a new, free-floating iPad and really need a case! Did you make a pattern for this or just measure the fabric around the case? I’d probably need some puffy protection. I drop everything–my phone, my computer…

    • July 14, 2012 12:57 pm

      Hi Amy, I made up the pattern as I went along, but I’d be happy to sketch out for you what I did if you want. Also, even though I ultimately did not use the fluffy lining, I did you a thick foam interfacing to keep my iPad protected. I think it’s necessary to have something – my original intention was just a bit overboard!

  10. July 14, 2012 7:06 am

    Very cute — and much more interesting than linen napkins!

  11. July 14, 2012 10:51 pm

    Oooo so cute! I need to make an iPad case myself, I think I will use yours as inspiration. I really love the colours.

  12. July 25, 2012 10:52 pm

    The case looks great! I’m totally impressed with your zipper.


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