This week we are off to visit the in-laws and decided at the last minute to buy iPads as a gift. Knowing we would all be travelling together for a week or two and may not be able to get covers on the way, I decided to make some. I hunted around on the internet for patterns and ended up making my own simple design which I whipped up in about an hour and a half.
In case you would like such a pouch – here’s the instructions. If you want to see some other similar ones, check out my ‘Funky Bags‘ Pinterest board.
24” of fabric
24” of thick, iron-on interfacing
10.5 x 22” piece of wadding
8” of round elastic
Size 16 or 18 sewing machine needle
2 large buttons (3/4-1”)
Thread to match
General sewing supplies, sewing machine, scissors, iron, tailors chalk/marker pen etc.
Trim the edges of the fabric square. Then cut, 2 x 10.5” strips across the fabric.
Then cross cut one fabric strip in half (approx. 22” long each).
With the remaining strip, cut one piece 10.5” long. Set aside the remainder of the second fabric strip for another project.
Cut the same pieces from the interfacing.
Cut the length of elastic into two, 4” lengths.
2) Create the panels and pockets.
Pin the wadding to the wrong side of one of the 22” lengths of fabric.
On the right side of the fabric, mark half way along both long edges of the panel. Stitch the wadding to the outer panel by sewing a ¼” from the outer edge.
Next, flip over the panel so that the right side of the fabric is facing up, then starting at one corner sew towards the centre mark on the opposide side (creating one diagonal line),
then from that centre to the opposite corner, then along the short edge, from the corner to the centre opposite, and back to the last corner.
~ Inner Panel~
Iron the long piece of interfacing to the wrong side of the inner panel piece.
Iron the short piece of interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket (10.5”) piece of fabric. Turn one edge of the pocket ½”, then roll a further ½”.
Now you should have all your pieces, like this…
Top stitch the turned edge of the pocket to secure it in place.
Mark a line 3” from one of the short edges of the outer (quilted) panel. Place the pocket piece, right side down on top of the outer panel, aligning the bottom edge of the pocket with the marked line. Sew the bottom edge of the pocket to the outer panel with a ¼” seam.
Fold the pocket up towards the opposite short end of the outer panel, so that the wrong side of the pocket is now facing the right side of the outer panel, and the turned edge of the pocket is about 3” from the short edge of the outer panel. Stitch a ¼” seam down the two sides of the pocket, leaving the top, turned edge open.
On the opposite end of the outer panel, mark the centre point, then mark 2.5” either side of the centre mark. Take one piece of elastic, fold in half to form a loop and position over one of the outer marks with the raw edge of the elastic on the raw edge of the fabric. Stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Repeat with the remaining piece of elastic onto the other outer mark.
Place the inner and outer panels on top of eachother, with right sides together and matching edges. Secure in place with a few pins around the outer edge. Mark a 5” section on one of the long sides of the inner panel. Starting at the lower edge of the 5” section, start sewing a ¼” seam all the way around the outer edge of the panel, stopping at the upper edge of the 5” section.
Turn the cover right-side-out, by reaching into the 5” gap, grasping the opposite edge of the cover inside, and then dragging it back through the gap. Continue turning the remainder of the cover out until the cover is right side out. Poke a chop stick or similar blunt utensil into each corner until it unfurls neatly (don’t use scissors or you will surely poke a hole in it;-).
Next, carefully fold the open edges under ¼” and pin or baste closed. Then fold the rectangle in half with wrong sides together (ie the pocket on the outside), align the edges and hold together with a few pins. Then, put a thick (e.g. 16 or 18) size needle in your sewing machine and stitch along each of the long sides a scant ¼” from the edge. You should now have a neatly enclosed pouch.
Last but not least, position and sew on the buttons. To do this, measure and mark the centre of the top edge without the pocket, then measure and mark 2.5” either side of this centre mark. This should be roughly the right place for the buttons. To check, hold the button one of the marks, then fold an elastic loop down (that is sticking out from the top of the other side of the bag) and check that the button will securely hold it in place. If it will be too tight, shift the button a little towards the top of the bag, if it will be too loose, then shift the button towards the bottom of the pouch. Repeat with the second button, on the other mark.
Put your ipad in the pouch, fold the elastic loops over the buttons and voila! You’re ready to go mobile.
This is my first draft of this pattern – so if anything is not clear leave a comment and I’ll clarify.
PS: Try not to sew your pins as I did on the first one 🙂 Whoops.