My daughter, Megan, asked me if I could make a protective case for her new iPad. She carries it in a large book bag and wanted something padded to put it in. This seemed like it could be a quick and easy project and I wanted to make it from materials on hand. After looking through some fabric of hers, my thoughts wandered to the leather that we recently used for a skirt yoke. Was there enough left? Yes!
I wanted to personalize this case in some way and decided to put an “M” on it in reverse appliqué. I picked out a fabric that would show from underneath and ironed a heavy interfacing on the back. I taped it on to the back of the leather piece since pins would leave permanent pin holes.
On the front, I taped the letter “M” and stitched around it. I just kept moving the tape as I sewed!
Once the stitching was done. . .
I made a slit with a small pair of embroidery scissors. . .
and cut as close to the stitching as I could, revealing the fabric underneath.
Next I cut a piece of Annie’s Soft and Stable (foam stabilizer) and a lining fabric to the same size as the leather piece.
These were spray basted together and then stitched at the “fold” lines of the finished case.
Leather sticks to the throat plate of the sewing machine, so I did this stitching with a piece of thin paper underneath which was easily torn away after the stitching was done.
Now what? I decided the best way to finish the edges was to bind them in the same lining fabric. I started with the top of the front of the case. This is double folded binding cut 2-1/4″ on the straight of grain.
Next I bound the flap. I rounded the corners and made bias binding (also 2-1/4″ wide) to do this part.
The final binding was cut 2-3/4″ wide on the straight of grain and was applied to the final 2 sides after folding the piece.
I used a hair elastic and a button from my button jar for the closure.
Now her new iPad should be nice and protected from scratches in her book bag.