DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

Thanks to Allison‘s recent recommendation, I went and bought myself a completely overzealous amount of this awesome gold pleather fabric. There were so many ideas rolling around in my head that I kind of went to town, and now there’s a sensible pile of faux gold leather, just waiting to be made into something. So clearly I had to make an iPad sleeve. Duh.

I love this thing because it’s part glam and part down-to-earth (what with the wooden button and all). If you want to make one too, grab some materials:

  • two different sturdy fabrics (here’s the gold pleather I used)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • button
  • needle and thread

Start by cutting two pieces of fabric. The one you’re going to use on the back and for the fold-over flap should measure 9″ x 13.5″, and the one for the front should measure 9″ x 11″. Using a straight stitch, sew a 1/4″ hem around each piece. (Note: these measurements are for the iPad 2, 3, and 4 and include space to leave on a SmartCover. If you’d like to make a sleeve for use without the SmartCover, reduce all measurements by 1/4″.)

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

Lay the front piece on top of the back piece, wrong sides facing. Pin the pieces so that the bottom and outside edges are aligned, and sew a straight stitch around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

Mark a spot in the center of the sleeve, about 1/2″ below the flap when it’s folded over. Sew a button on this spot.

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

Cut a strip of fabric that’s 4″ x 1/2″. Fold in half so that it’s 4″ x 1/4″ and secure with a straight stitch.

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

Bend it into a loop and sew it down on the inside of the flap, being sure that the button will fit through the loop. Trim the excess.

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

Slip your iPad into your sleeve and take it out on the town! I can’t wait to test this baby out. It would also make an awesome gift for a techy friend who could use a little style. And just to put it out there, this thing is great for transporting your iPad and protecting it from scratches, but don’t go tossing it off a building or anything. Unless you add some padding. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

DIY Faux Leather iPad Sleeve

  1. Audrey on said:

    I’m thinking… gold pleather toddler toy storage bags? No reason 50 pieces of tiny pretend food and tea party paraphernalia have to be stored in ugly boxes and bags, right? 🙂

  2. Francesca on said:

    Oh i love this idea! Can’t wait to try this! 🙂

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  4. violet on said:

    The perfect quickie present for my young daughters! Thanks

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  6. Quilt Barbie on said:

    I added a strap for my young nieces, easier for them to carry!

  7. Lili on said:

    Hi, I love this case and I am going to change the measurements and make a cover for my kindle that I got for Christmas.

    Thank you for the great idea.

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  9. Hilary on said:

    I clicked on the gold pleather fabric link in this post and can’t find the source anywhere where the link ends. Please help! Would love to do this diy with it. Thanks!

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Hilary! I think I fixed it — go ahead and try the link again. Thanks for letting me know it was busted!