We don’t know about you guys, but we never leave the house without throwing our laptops or tablets in our bags. We are our most productive after treating ourselves to a latte, and we want to make the most of that productivity by writing up posts or responding to emails, so it’s useful to carry some sort of tech around at all times. But all that time spent bumping around in the bottom of our bags can do some serious damage to a device. To avoid key scratches and biro marks, you need a super cute cover that you can whip up in 10 minutes to protect any inner bag mishaps.
— 1 piece of solid fabric (9 inch x 9.5 inch)
— 2 pieces of patterned fabric (9.5 inch x 9.5 inch)
— iron-on hemming tape (4 inch x 9.5 inch and 2 inch x 11.5 inch)
— snap button fasteners and pliers
1. Place the solid fabric right side up and lay a 9.5-inch hemming strip along the top edge. Place one piece of your patterned fabric face down over the top of the hemming strip and line up the edges of the two pieces of fabric. Go over the fabrics and hemming tape with a warm iron.
2. Once the fabrics are fused, fold back the top fabric to the spot where the hemming tape has fused the two pieces together and press flat with the iron again.
3. Turn the fused pieces of fabric over. Create a hem at the top of the patterned fabric by folding the top edge down over another 9.5-inch hemming strip and going over the hem with the iron.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 at the other end of the plain fabric. You should be left with one long piece of fabric.
5. Fold your one long piece of fabric in half so the two opposite patterned fabric are together, right sides facing. Put the 11.5-inch strips of hemming tape between the fabric layers along the longest lengths.
6. Press the hemming tape with the iron until the fabric is fused. Turn the whole piece inside out and press flat.
7. Use your scissors to make holes for your snaps. Place the snap fasteners 2 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches in from one side of the cover along the hemmed edge and 1/2 inch from the top using the snap pliers.
This tutorial works for any device you want to protect, be it a laptop, tablet or phone. When measuring your fabric over your device, make sure you give yourself enough wiggle room for hemming and fabric overlap.
Rather than using a sewing machine, you’ll bind everything together with hemming tape.
Fabric combos are limitless with this tutorial. So head to your nearest fabric store and start putting things together.
If you want to make sure your snaps are evenly placed, it’s a good idea to get out the ruler and do some math to ensure perfection.
And really, isn’t opening and closing snaps as satisfying as popping bubble wrap?
And just like that, your iPad is protected and infinitely more stylish.
And to think you never even had to thread a single bobbin to make it happen.
Have you made a no-sew iPad cover before? Share your pics in the comments below!