Wow, time flies when you’re having fun, eh? This has been such a wonderful week of handmade gift ideas with my friend Melissa of Bless This Mess, I can’t believe it’s already coming to an end!
We’ll both be back tomorrow with a round up post of all the Handmade Holiday 2015 gift ideas (plus a bunch of other handmade gift ideas from the pages of our blogs), but today, we both have one more tutorial for you! Melissa is sharing how to make a super cute Easy Rag Wreath. I have never made one before, and I love the looks of it! I think I might have to make one for Valentine’s Day (wouldn’t it be über cute done with red and pinks?).
And over here I’m doing another sewing tutorial, but this one is a lot simpler than the Upcycled Baby Booties from yesterday. This one requires just a few stitches, and is done in just a few minutes. Today, I’m showing you how to make a DIY Leather iPad Sleeve (or Kindle Sleeve or Whatever-Other-Tablet-Thingamajig-You-Have Sleeve). It’s the perfect gift for the tech junkie in your life. The case protects your tablet, looks super cool, and is a really impressive gift!
I can’t stress how SUPER SIMPLE this case/sleeve/envelope is to make. Let’s go ahead and get started. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Heavyweight Leather or Suede (see below for measurements)
- Heavyweight/Leather Sewing Machine Needles
- Heavyweight Thread
- Scissors, sewing machine
How much leather to buy?
The amount of leather or suede you’ll need depends on the tablet you want to store. For an iPad Mini and Standard, you’ll need 1/4 of a yard. For an iPad Pro, you’ll need a 1/3 a yard.
If you have a different kind of tablet, here’s how you figure out how much leather you’ll need: measure the SHORT side of your tablet. Now take that number and divide it by 36 (the number of inches in a yard). And that’ll tell you how much of a yard you need to buy. You can buy leather by the yard online (or in some large fabric stores), and leather scraps of varying sizes are available at most fabric stores—you might not be able to find a scrap large enough for a big tablet, but if you have a smaller one, you should be able to track some down easily. You also might be able to track down an old leather or suede jacket or skirt at the thrift store—lucky you! You could also go with faux leather or suede (which is what I used).
The key to making this project so simple (and protective of your tablet) is to use heavyweight leather or suede. You want it to hold its shape and not be “floppy”. I wouldn’t go lower than a 4 ounce weight leather. If you choose to use faux leather or suede, you’ll have a hard time finding a thick enough piece. You’ll need to iron on some fusible interfacing (like this) to make it thicker before proceeding. Some fabric stores will carry heavyweight pleather or faux suede (usually with their home decor fabrics) and this is what I used.
Cut your piece
This case is made from one long piece of leather, so all you need to do is cut one piece for each case you intend to make. If you have an iPad, here are the sizes of the pieces you need to cut:
- iPad Mini—5 1/2″ x 17 1/2″
- iPad Standard/Air—7 ” x 21″
- iPad Pro—9″ x 26″
For any other tablet, you can figure out what size piece you need by measuring both sides, add 1/2″ to the small measurement and 1″ to the long one. Then double the longest measurement. That’s the size of your piece.
Cut out a notch
Fold the piece of leather in half. Grab something small and circular (a pill bottle works beautifully) and mark a half circle at the top of the two pieces of leather.
Cut out the circle on both layers.
Sew the top
Load up your sewing machine with heavy duty, coordinating thread, and heavyweight needle. I like to do a decorative stitch around the top to give it a finished look. You can use a zig zag stitch or an overlock stitch. Chances are, unless you have a very basic machine, you should have a number of overlock stitches available to you—check your manual. FYI: this is my machine. I love it! It’s simple, easy-to-use, but still powerful enough to do everything I want to do with it. And it’s affordable!
Sew both tops. This step isn’t necessary—the leather won’t fray—but I think it adds a nice finished look to the sleeve.
Sew it together
Fold the case together (wrong sides in) and sew a 1/8″ seam allowance all the way around the outside of the case.
If you like, you can continue the decorative stitch all the way around, but I like to keep it simple on the edges.
Enjoy your handiwork
Done! Ain’t she a beaut? And how easy was that?
If you want, you can embellish the sleeve with leather appliques, buttons, or other add-ons. If you happen to have leather punches around, you could also monogram the sleeve (how cute would that be?).
Thank you guys so much for indulging my need to craft! I hope you’ve had as much fun this week as I have. Don’t forget to pop over to Melissa’s place to check out the five projects she shared this week. And make sure you pop back in tomorrow, when Melissa and I will be sharing all of our handmade holiday gift tutorials (old and new), plus, giving one lucky reader the chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card—that’ll help you do some holiday shopping! See you tomorrow. Happy Friday, friends!