Organic Cotton tablet case
We think this months creative make by Ali from Very Berry Handmade would make an excellent gift for Mothers Day, that’s if you can bear to be parted from it. As always Ali has done a great job breaking down the process into a clear step by step tutorial. We’ll hand over to Ali now to take you through her fab make;
Even though this looks a little bit more complex than your average gadget sleeve, it is actually super-simple to sew – you can easily whip one up in an afternoon. Using Ochre & Ocre’s beautiful and hardwearing organic cottons makes total sense to make this stylish and practical project.
Tablets come in a huge variety of sizes and any cover or case needs to be a snug fit, so it is impossible to write a one-size-fits-all pattern. The measurements used here will create a clutch which is suitable for the latest iPad (the iPad Air), but not for the iPad mini or older versions of the iPad. At the end of the pattern I will describe how you can adjust the measurements for other size tablets.
The seam allowance is 1cm, unless otherwise indicated.
You will need:
¼ metre of main accent fabric (I used Isabella in red)
¼ metre of coordinating fabric (I used Malvern Stripe in grey and red)
¼ metre of medium weight fusible fleece (I use Vilene H640 – this is widely available in online fabric shops)
5cm of 2cm hook and loop tape (Velcro or an equivalent)
From main accent fabric cut:
1 piece 12cm by 21cm for centre panel
1 piece 21cm by 28cm for back of the sleeve
1 piece measuring 16cm by 22cm for the front flap
From the coordinate cut:
2 pieces measuring 10cm by 21cm for the front side panels
2 pieces measuring 21cm by 28cm for the lining
1 piece measuring 16cm by 22cm for flap lining
From fusible fleece cut:
2 pieces measuring 21cm × 28cm
1 piece measuring 21cm × 28cm
Step 1 – Make the clutch outer
Put one of the front side panels right sides together with the central panel, matching one of the 21cm edges, pin then stitch together. Repeat with the other side panel on the other side of the central piece. Press the seams towards the centre panel. <Pic 1; Pic 2>
Fuse the fusible fleece to the completed clutch front.
Top stitch both sides of the centre panel, close to the two seam lines. <Pic 3>
Measure 10cm down from the middle of the top long edge of the completed clutch front. Mark this point and position the upper long edge of the hook and loop tape on this mark. Use a dab of washable glue or pin the tape, whilst you stitch it into position. <Pic 4>
Apply the 21cm by 28cm piece of fusible fleece to the back section of the clutch outer.
Put the 2 outer sections right sides together and stitch round 3 sides, with a generous seam allowance (i.e. more like 11mm than 10mm), leaving the top edge open, of course! Trim the seam to about 6mm, cut across the corners and trim out some of the bulk of the fusible fleece from the seam allowance. <Pic 5>
Turn right side out and press thoroughly, then set aside whilst you move on to the next section.
Step 2 – Make the flap section
Fuse the smaller piece of fusible fleece to the outer flap fabric.
Trim the curved corners of the pouch flap outer and lining piece, using the curved edge of a mug or glass (or something similar!) with 8-10cm diameter. <Pic 6>
Take the lining section of the pouch flap and measure 2cm up from the middle of the bottom curved edge. <Pic 7>
Mark this point and position the lower long edge of one section of the hook and loop tape on this mark. Use washable glue or pin to secure, whilst you stitch the tape into position. <Pic 8>
Put the flap front and lining sections right sides together, and stitch round, leaving the long straight edge open. <Pic 9>
Top tip: mark the curved seam line on the flap to make stitching really easy.
Trim the completed seam to about 5mm, and cut notches in the curved corners to reduce the bulk. <Pic 10>
Turn the flap right side out and press the seam to create a nice sharp edge. Top stitch around the seam line. <Pic 11>
Step 3 – Make the lining section
Put the 2 lining sections right sides together and stitch round 3 sides, this time with a scant seam allowance of 9mm rather than 10mm. Leave a turning gap of 10-12cm in one of the short sides – making sure that you reverse stitch at either end of this gap. <Pic 12>
Trim the seam to about 5mm, and cut across the corners to reduce bulk.
Step 4 – Putting the clutch together
Take the clutch outer and mark the centre of the back section with a fabric marker. Make another mark at the centre of the unstitched edge of the flap section. Pin the flap to back of the pouch, matching these 2 marks. <Pic 13>
Baste in place to keep secure for the next section.
Place the outer section, with attached flap inside the lining section with right sides together. Align the side seams, making sure that the flap stays nicely in place, and pin all round the top edge. Stitch.
Turn right side out using the turning hole that you left in the lining. Check everything is ok, the flap is nicely aligned and then turn back through and trim the upper seam. Turn right side out again and press very thoroughly.
Top stitch round the top edge of the pouch. <Pic 14>
Stitch the turning hole closed (use a slip stitch/ladder stitch) and press again to finish.
Adjusting the measurements
For other tablets, measure the height, width and depth of the gadget, and make a note of the dimensions – for the height and width, round up to the nearest half centimetre. If the tablet is 8mm or less in depth add 4cm to the height and width to get the measurements for completed front and back outer pieces and lining pieces. If the tablet is more than 8mm in depth, add 5cm.
To find the width of the flap section, subtract 6cm from longest measurement calculated above. To find the height of the flap section, subtract 5cm from the shorter measurement.
To calculate the position of the hook and loop tape stitched in Step 1 of the pattern, take the height of envelope flap measurement and subtract 6cm. Measure this distance from the top of the outer section and position the top edge of the tape at this point. The placement of the hook and loop tape on the flap section is no different from the pattern.
Example measurements for tablet measuring 14cm wide, 20cm high and 8mm deep:
Outer and lining pieces: 18cm by 24cm (adding 4cm to each measurement)
Flap pieces: 13cm (18cm-5cm) by 18cm (24cm-6cm)
Position of hook and loop on the front of the outer: 7cm from the top edge (13cm-6cm)