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
- 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″.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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