I wanted to make a couple of iPad covers for birthday gifts and was really pleased that the pattern I came up with is super quick and easy. The mini was my prototype and it took me about two and a half hours including all the pattern drafting and hand sewing. I made the large one in two hours which included an hour of hand sewing the binding down. Machine sew the binding and it will be even quicker.
The interwebs are flooded with tutorials for iPad covers, but I thought, “Hell, why not one more?” With the holidays just around the corner and the pressure on to make on a deadline, a quick and easy gift might be just what someone is looking for.
Let’s take a look at what we’ll need:
This tutorial assumes you have knowledge about quilting and binding.
Begin by cutting your fabric and batting. Cut a (mini: 9 x 18 inch)(full-sized: 12 x 21 inch) piece from the fat quilt for the exterior and from the half yard for the interior. Cut your batting the same size. You can use one piece of batting or double it if you want your cover to be extra thick. I used one layer of a very sturdy batting but would probably use two in the future.
Sandwich your fabric and batting and quilt as desired.
Once quilted, square up if needed.
We are going to add binding to the edge now. We do not need to cut this binding on the bias; straight of grain will do. Cut one piece of the binding fabric (mini: 2 x 9 inches)(full-sized: 2 x 12 inches). Either run this through a double-fold bias tape maker or do what I did which is to press the strip in half lengthwise, then fold the edges into the center and press again. It should look like this:
I don’t usually machine sew my binding because I’m not good at it, however, even I can handle twelve inches of straight line sewing to get this binding on. Fold the double-fold binding over one short edge of your quilted piece and clip in place. Then take it to the machine and sew it down, sewing close to the edge.
Place the quilted piece in front of you with the exterior piece face down and the bound edge closest to you. Fold up leaving a 4 inch flap on the top. It should look like this:
Baste down one side starting at the bound edge, across the bottom (yes! even though it isn’t open, it will make binding the edge easier later on), and back up the other side to the bound edge.
Now we need to round the edges. This is more art than science. Find something round that you think is the right size and use it to draw a curve on each of the four corners. Then, cut on the line you drew.
We now need to cut the bias binding to go around the edge of the iPad cover. This binding must be cut on the bias as we need the stretch from the bias to be able to pull the binding around the corners. You will need enough bias binding to go around the piece plus about 10 inches to make the loop. If you are using one layer of batting, I would recommend cutting your binding 2.25 inches wide. If you are using two layers of batting, you might want to up that to 2-3/8 to 2.5. You know your sewing tolerances better than I do so you will have to make that judgment call.
Once your binding is ready to go, apply it to the edge of your piece in the method you prefer. I like to do a double fold binding that I sew down on one side, then fold over the edge and hand sew down. If you are comfortable machine sewing your binding, I say go for it! I’m just not good at it so I don’t even try.
One step left at the machine and that is making the loop. Cut off 6 inches of your left over bias binding and double fold it like we did for the edge binding above. This time fold it in half and sew close to the edge all the way down the side. Then sew close to the edge down the other side, as well.
Form a loop and baste across the top so the loop holds it’s shape for the next step.
Cut off 2.5 inches of the left over bias binding and fold it like the double-fold binding we did for the edging above. We are going to make a casing over the end of the loop. The next set of pictures show what we are going to do:
Take your loop with casing and center it on the flap. Sew it in place sewing close to all four edges of the casing (sew right over your basting stitches). Be sure not to sew over the edge binding by accident!
All that’s left now is to hand sew down the binding and add your button.
So tell me that wasn’t easy-peasy-George-and-Wheezy.
Please feel free to make as many of these as you want for your personal use and as gifts. I ask that you do not use this pattern to manufacture items for sale. Thank you!