Hello everybody and a Happy New Year!
I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and spent some quality time with their loved ones. This Christmas I was a lucky girl and got a new tablet. Obviously number one on my to do list was to sew a case for my new baby to protect it from scratches and bumps. So let me present you this super easy and fast sewing tutorial for your own felt tablet sleeve. You can adapt it to any sized tablet/laptop/kindle and the best part is that you can make one in under 30 minutes – so no reason to procrastinate ;)
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- fabric scissors
- snap kit (optional)
- measuring tape
- any decorations you like
For this project I chose some thin grey felt, because I wanted to use this case just as a protection inside my handbag and not as a laptop bag itself. But after finishing it I would recommend to use thick felt to give it a more clean and store-bought look.
First of all you need the measurements of your tablet and adapt it to the fabric. I have the surface 3 (~27cm x 20cm) so I decided to cut my pattern the size 30cm x 50cm. If you like you can round off the upper corners like I did and if you are using an elastic as closure make sure to bevel the upper part (cover) as shown in the picture above or else it will crinkle.
To easily grab your laptop and remove it from the case I added a little notch. Mark a 5 cm wide notch (on the short side of the fabric) and round off the edges. Using you fabric scissors cut along the lines.
Now it’s time to hop over to your sewing machine: with a straight topstitch sew along the short side with the notch. If you want to decorate your tablet sleeve with ribbons, lace or embroideries, now is the time. Keep in mind that the lower part will be folded over to make sure your decorations will be centered.
As closure you can use a magnetic button but I decided to go for the elastic. Install the button as instructed OR pin your elastic in place and secure everything with pins. Make sure that the elastic is slightly stretched to give it a better hold when it is finished and have an eye on it while sewing, because you do not want it to slip out. Then fold over the bottom part to create the bag. I used my presser foot to sew with a 0,5 cm seam allowance all around the case (except the lower edge).
AND you’re done! That was easy, wasn’t it?
I hope you like this tutorial and enjoy sewing your own tablet sleeve.