12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop – iPad Case Tutorial + Giveaway

Welcome to day 4 of the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop!

I hope everyone is having fun and getting some great ideas for holiday gifts this year. Today I am going to teach you how to make an iPad case. This tutorial can also be used to make a Kindle case (or Nook or any other tablet device), you will just need to measure your device and add about 1-1/4″ to the width and length to figure out your cut fabric sizes.

For example, the iPad I used for this tutorial was 7.5″ x 9.5″. And my cut fabric pieces below are 8.75″ x 10.75″. So yep Kindle users, you will need to break out the calculator!

Another note, I have an iPad 1 which is a bit thicker than an iPad 2. So iPad 2 users, you may want to cut your pieces 1/4″ (total) smaller to account for your sleeker design. :)

Let’s get started.


iPad Case Tutorial


Supplies

9″ zipper
2″ of Velcro
Fabric (see amounts below)
Batting or Interfacing, depending on how poofy you want it (see amounts below)

Cut the following pieces:

Outer Case Fabric Back – 8.75″ x 10.75″
Front Top Portion – 3.75″ x 8.75″
Front Bottom Portion – 7.25″ x 8.75″
Pocket Lining Fabric Cut 1 – 3.75″ x 8.75″
Cut 1 – 7.25″ x 8.75″
Cut 1 – 8.75″ x 10.75″
Inner Lining Fabric Cut 2 – 8.75″ x 10.75″
Strap Fabric Cut 2 – 3.5″ x 3.5″
Zipper Ends Fabric Cut 2 – 1.5″ x 2.5″
Batting or Interfacing Cut 2 – 8.75″ x 10.75″
Cut 1 – 3.5″ x 3.5″

(Adding a note: Lots of people are curious as to what the fabric is that I used for the cover. It is Ruby Star Rising Transistor Radios and I bought it from Alice at Fresh Modern Fabric.)

**Please note: 1/4″ seam allowances for this project**

Assembly
1. Let’s start with the strap. Place your 2 pieces of 3.5″ x 3.5″ fabrics right sides together. Place the batting or interfacing on the bottom of the fabric sandwich (see photo). Stitch together around 3 of the 4 sides.

Flip right side out and press.

2. Trim your zipper to 8.75″.

3. Let’s make your zipper ends. I learned this technique from the talented Anna of Noodlehead. Not to sound too much like Oprah, but learning to do these zipper ends was a life changing moment for me…well, as far as nice looking zippers are concerned! :)

Take your zipper ends and press the sides towards the center as shown in the photo below.

4. Place the zipper ends on the each end of the zipper like this:

Top stitch the zipper ends to both ends of the zipper. This give it a nice finished look.

5. Now let’s assemble the front outer portion of the case. Take your 3.75″ x 8.75″ piece of outer fabric and your 3.75″ x 8.75″ piece of pocket lining fabric. Place them right sides together and place the zipper in the middle of the fabric sandwich. See photo.

Pin in place.

6. Using your zipper foot, stitch down the fabric-zipper-fabric sandwich.

7. Open your sandwich and press.

8. Take your 7.25″ x 8.75″ piece of out fabric and your 7.25″ x 8.75″ piece of pocket lining fabric. We are going to repeat the previous step, but on the other side of the zipper. Place the fabric right sides together and place the zipper in the middle of the fabric sandwich. See photo.

Pin in place.

9. Using your zipper foot, stitch down the fabric-zipper-fabric sandwich.

10. Open your sandwich and press.

Front:

Back:

Top stitch down both sides of the zipper for a nice, finished look.

11. If you are like me, things may be *slightly* crooked now. Take this opportunity to trim your zipper front piece now to 8.75″ x 10.75″. Set this piece aside.

12. Let’s make the outer back of the case. Take the strap you assembled in Step 1. Take the 8.75″ x 10.75″ outer back piece of fabric. Center the strap on the top as shown in the photo below (Unfinished ends together) with a slight bit of overhang.

13. Baste into place with less than a 1/4″ seam allowance.

14. Let’s finish the assembly of the outer portion of the case. Make a fabric sandwich as follows:
8.75″ x 10.75″ outer back right side up – 8.75″ x 10.75″ assembled zipper front right side down – 8.75″ x 10.75″ pocket lining piece right side down

15. Stitch around sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Flip right side out and press.

16. Now let’s assemble the inner lining. Place the 8.75″ x 10.75″ inner lining pieces right sides together. Place an 8.75″ x 10.75″ piece of batting or interfacing on the top and bottom of the fabric sandwich.

Stitch around sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Do not flip right side out.

17. Time to put it together! With the exterior of the case right side out and the lining of the case wrong side out, place the exterior inside the lining and pin the tops together. Make sure the strap is tucked in.

18. Stitch around the top of the case, leaving about 4″ open to flip the case right side out.

19. Flip the case right side out and tuck the inner lining into the outer shell. Press. Top stitch around the top to close the opening and give the case a nice, finished look.

20. Add velcro to the back of the strap and the case. Stitch in place.

Congratulations! You’re done! Don’t forget to add your photos to the Flickr group.

Now for the giveaway!

Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop by leaving one comment on this post. I will choose one winner via Random.org on Oct. 26th.

Also, please visit Ellison Lane Quilts and leave one comment on her tutorial to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of a $250 gift certificate to Fabricworm!

And just for stopping by, you can take advantage of a generous 15% off discount at Fabricworm with the coupon code fw12days through the end of the blog hop.

Don’t forget to keep checking out the tutorials over the next week and a half!

Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio

******** UPDATE ********
I’m closing comments and picking a winner for the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate! If you have any questions or comments in the future on this tutorial, feel free to email me. My email address is at the top of this page by my photo. Thanks everyone, be right back with the winner!
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The lucky winner is Mary on Lake Pulaski. Mary said “Great tutorial! I’ll be making one tomorrow! Thank you.”

Congratulations Mary! I will send your email address off to Jennifer who is coordinating the prizes!

Y-Seams Tutorial

Two days ago I was looking in the book Material Obsession 2 and I reeeeally wanted to make a block from the Jazz Hands quilt. But…it had Y-Seams. A lot of Y-Seams. I decided to suck it up and try it out. There were a couple handdrawn diagrams for instruction and it took me a bit of time to really figure it out. But I did and then posted about my success on Twitter. Well, as many as three people were interested in a tutorial, so here it is. Ha!

Disclaimer! This is how I personally figured out how to make Y-Seams. I am self taught, I’m sure there are a thousand ways to do this. This is mine.


Y-Seams Tutorial

What is a Y-Seam? Sometimes in sewing, you have three pieces of fabric that need to be sewn together in the shape of a “Y”. Like this:

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1. Start by taking the bottom 2 pieces and place them right sides together.

Stitch from the bottom up to the dot in the photo. That dot is a little closer than 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric. If you want you can backstitch a bit at the end (I didn’t).

Sewing:

Finished:

2. Press the seam open. See where you have a bit that you didn’t sew.

3. Now the top portion of the “Y”. We need to sew the top piece to the bottom piece.

Take the top piece of fabric and fold it down right side together with the left portion of the bottom fabric.

4. Stitch down the fabric along the red line above. With your needle in the down position, stop at the red dot on the diagram above. This is the seam line from step 1!

5. Now is where it gets a bit tricky. Leaving your needle in the down position, lift your presser foot. Turn the top fabric so the seam now lines up with the second half of the “Y” you need to sew.

Continue sewing down the rest of the fabric to complete the “Y”.

6. Press the fabric down towards the bottom of the “Y”.

Congratulations! You made a Y-Seam!

And now you can go ahead and make something really cool like this!


Pattern is Jazz Hands from Material Obsession 2

12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I’ve very excited this year to be participating in a Christmas Blog Hop. “Christmas already?!!?” you say? I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but I also know that if you want to make some fabulous handmade gifts for your family and friends, you better get started now!

For 12 days, starting this Friday, you will find a tutorial for a great handmade gift on the blogs below.

Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio

In addition to a free gift tutorial, each blog will also have a giveaway from a great sponsor on their post during the 12 days. And Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts will have a grand prize on her blog’s tutorial of a $250 gift certificate to Fabricworm! Think of all the fabric you could buy for gifts with that!

Fabricworm is also offering a generous 15% off discount during the 12 days of the blog hop with the coupon code fw12days.

There is a Flickr group set up to join and share what you make. So there you have it, very exciting. Stop by Monday for my tutorial!

Summer Sampler Series : Kansas Dust Storm

Wow, today is the last block of the Summer Sampler Series! Head on over the Lee’s blog for a tutorial on block twelve, the Kansas Dust Storm quilt block. As always, feel free to post your photos and any questions in the Flickr group.

I want to thank everyone for quilting along with us. I have really appreciated your wonderful comments and emails over the last 4 weeks. So many people, myself included, learned new skills and accomplished things they never would have tried before.

I had a great time cohosting this quilt along with Katie and Lee. We have never met in person and tackling something as big as a quilt along, with a lot of people depending on you, is no small task. We were all required to figure out the block construction on our own – quite the challenge at times. They both have worked so hard, been so dependable, I can’t say enough good things about teaming up with them. Big thanks to you Katie and Lee!

I do plan on assembling my quilt top soon. I just need to decide if I want to do sashing, cornerstones, etc. Lee plans on having her top done by next Friday, so check back then for more details!

Updated: Here’s my last block! Now to think about the top…

Summer Sampler Series : Kansas Dust Storm Quilt Block