If you sew but don't have a dedicated sewing room, you might be able to relate to what I'm going through right now.
I have had so many projects in mind to tackle....but since that requires my sewing machine to be hauled out of storage and set up, these projects have been stock piling. And now that I have the sewing machine out, I just can't seem to stop sewing. Everything else seems to be on hold until I get a good chunk of these sewing projects out of the way.
Baby on the way also means that I know that this will be one of my last opportunities to work on my beloved SINGER for a few months at least.
I have a mental checklist of items to sew. The priority right now is baby/maternity items. And while an IPad cover may not seem to fit into that category, it really does.
You see, I use my iPad for everything...pictures, note taking, email...everything. I even have a handy dandy keyboard stand for it to make it a little more versatile (it's amazing). Planner that I am, I realize that a trip to the hospital to deliver baby must include my iPad. Because it's rarely not in use, I never bought a cover for it. With the impending delivery trip on the horizon, I felt the need to prepare for the protection of my beloved iPad. A cover was added to the sewing checklist.
It took me less than an hour to sew this up from start to finish.
I didn't measure and I didn't follow a pattern. I also didn't think to take pictures to show you how I did it.
I used a piece of 8.5" X 11" cardstock as my only measuring tool other than the iPad itself.
I used an old skirt for the fabric and a piece of insulbright for the inner padding.
Inner & Outer Fabric
Using the 8.5" X 11" cardstock I 'measured' and cut 2 pieces of fabric that measured approximately 22" X 9".
I also used the 8.5" X 11" cardstock to measure and cut an outside pocket for the cover. I lined it up along the bottom hem of the skirt (so that I wouldn't have to hem the pocket and cut around the cardstock.
Then I used a piece of the cut fabric measuring approximately 22" X 9" laid on top of my insulbright padding to measure and cut one matching piece of insulbright padding.
Prepping the pocket:
By using the hem of the skirt I saved myself to the work of hemming the top of the pocket.
I didn't bother hemming the bottom of the pocket either. Instead, I turned the edge over and pinned it. Then I laid it on the outer fabric where I wanted it placed and sewed across the bottom of the pocket (right side), which doubled as hemming the bottom edge.
Next, I laid out the pieces in the following layers:
1. Outer fabric, right side down.
2. Insulbright padding, shiny side down. (I used this padding because it was what I had on hand and I thought it might add a little waterproofing to my cover. In hind sight, I wish I would have used another padding because the insulbright is a little crinkly and the sound bothers me a bit.)
3. Inner fabric, wrong side down.
4. Pin the layers along the sides down the full length of the unfolded fabric (the full 22").
Next I sewed the zipper onto both sides of the top of the layered fabric (the edge measuring 9". Then I flipped it right side out and top stitched the fabric onto the zipper.
Velcro on the Pocket
At this point I realized that I wanted a closure on the pocket. I found some Velcro in my stash and sewed it on to the inside top edge of the pocket and onto the inner fabric of my cover. It would have been better if I had done this before sewing the pocket on to the outer fabric, but I'm glad I thought of it before sewing the sides up.
I decided after sewing the sides to add a handle to my cover. This meant using my seam ripper to open a small hole in the side seam and then back sewing over the handle. If you're making one yourself and know you want a handle, I recommend placing your handle in the seam BEFORE sewing the sides to eliminate this extra work.
Sewing the Sides
With the cover turned inside out, line up your edges with the zipper placed at the top. Pin the layers together so that they don't shift while sewing them together. Now simply sew down each side of the cover making sure to catch all the layers in the seam. You also want to make sure that you OPEN THE ZIPPER BEFORE SEWING THE FINAL SIDE. The zipper will be super tricky to open if you miss this step.
Voila! A padded, pocketed, handled iPad or tablet cover ready to tote my iPad and charger to the hospital for baby's delivery.