February 14, 2013

How to Make an iPad Case (or any other case for any other device really)

Not long ago my husband was given a gift through his business.  It was an iPad mini, but he already had an iPad that he uses for his business.  That was a complete score for me (evil laugh) because it became mine and I never thought I'd have an iPad.  I've brought it with me places, but without a case I don't feel comfortable letting it sit in the black hole that my purse is.  So, I made a case for it.

It's not a hard project.  You just need some scrap leather and a sewing machine and you can whip one out pretty quickly.  Here's how I made it.

I purchased a big piece of leather a couple of years ago and I'm still using it on projects.  It's lasted forever.  I also pulled out a tiny piece I had of brown leather.  The leather I used here is pretty thick, stiff stuff.  (You could also use felt with this tutorial, since it doesn't fray.)

Time out for a real life shot.  Can you tell my boys like the iPad even more than I do?  Good thing I love them.  Eeewwww.

So I started by cutting a long strip of leather about an inch wider than my iPad and double the length of it.  (If you don't have a piece of leather that long you could turn your device the other way and use a wider piece that's not as long.)

I made sure it would cover it entirely once sewn up the sides.

I also cut a small rectangle from the other color to be the closure strap.

I cut a small rounded piece out on the front and back to make it easy to pull out the iPad.

I sewed around the three edges of the strap, attaching velcro at the end and then sewed the edge of the last side to the backside of the case.  

I kept putting the iPad in it to test it out and get it to fit just right.  I figured out where the matching velcro should go so that the iPad would be strapped in tightly.  Once everything looked right I sewed across the top (individually on each piece) just for looks and then I sewed up the sides.

I used black thread and I wasn't crazy about how it looked so I decided to paint the edges of the leather with some Martha Stewart paint.  That paint works on any surface and it's actually really awesome stuff.

 I added a covered button for looks on the strap.

And now she's ready to come along with me.

Thanks for reading.


Аленушка said...

I like it! Your blue peice of leather seems to never end)))
Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

Catherine Peart said...

Great project and good call on painting the edges! Love that button too. Ooooh, I have some button making kits I bought a while ago that you just reminded me about. Might just have to do that today now! (btw, any electronic of mine looks just like that with the sticky finger marks - gross)

Maureen said...


Very Nice!
Happy Valentine's Day!


Unknown said...

It looks great!! The button is my favorite part :)

Sarrilly said...

Super cute! I like the finishing touch of adding paint to the edges - gives it a really sharp look!

Lindsay said...

This looks great! You may have already done this before, but could you maybe do a covered button tutorial? I guess you might have used a button you had on hand, too, but I've always been curious about how to cover buttons and make it look professional. :)

Sew Sister said...

Great tutorial, thanks such a useful project. I especially like the button.

Kristín Hrund said...

Thank you so much for this cool tutorial - so easy, pretty and practical! Hope you had a wonderful Valentines day!

Delia said...

Love it! Very pretty.

Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative said...

Very cute and easy! I would love to make one for myself. Thanks for this tutorial Cheri! :-)

Carly said...

I loved this when I first read it and knew that this was what I wanted to do for my Kindle! I finally got around to making my version of it, and I posted it on my blog, of course directing everyone back here to you!

Thanks for all of the fabulous inspiration!



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