To say technology is here to stay is an understatement of the biggest kind! Portable technology is quickly becoming commonplace in schools as well. Outfit your student’s tablet or eReader with a spiffy new case using this great tutorial by Valerie of Between Quilts.
Thanks for having me Jenn! I’m delighted to participate in this fun series and feel inspired to kick off the school year in style with these projects!
Our tutorial today is for an iPad/Kindle Carrying Case. I have a basic commercial case for each of these devices but found that when I traveled, I always felt like my iPad and e-reader were bumping around in my tote bag. So, I came up with this Carrying Case – which is really a glorified pouch with a couple of modifications. So if you have made any kind of zippered pouch, this construction will already be familiar to you and you can crank one of these out pretty quickly. Here we go!
Prepare your exterior panel pieces by quilting fabric and batting together. I chose to piece my exterior panels and quilt them, but you could also use a solid piece of fabric with fusible fleece. Both will make it nice and cushy.
Now fold your divider panel piece back wrong sides together. Place folded divider panel on top of one of the lining pieces. I placed the bottom of the panel 1/4″ above the bottom of the lining piece to help reduce bulk in the seam of the final product. Stitch the divider panel onto the top of the lining piece around the sides and bottom with a 1/4″ seam.
Fold back the ends of the fabric and clip the ends of the zipper (so this won’t be in the seam when you sew the pieces together).
Attach the Zipper:
Lay one of the lining pieces Right Side up and lay your zipper on top.
Open up your pieces and line up the exterior pieces right sides together and your lining pieces right sides together. Open up the zipper at least half way or you will be getting real intimate with your seam ripper after this step!
As you are lining up the sides, scootchie the zipper teeth towards the lining and pin/clip all around, making sure to leave an opening about 5″ in the bottom of the lining piece.
Clip all 4 corners to reduce bulk.
Turn inside out by pulling the exterior through the opening you left in the lining. I love this part – It’s like watching a pouch be born! Use a blunt tool to push out the corners. Press your seams.