Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quilted iPad Cases, In-the-Hoop

Last year I made some quilted iPad cases using in-the-hoop embroidery designs from Embroidery Garden. Originally, I bought only the design for the iPad mini case; later, I purchased the design for a regular size iPad case, after a friend liked the mini sample and wanted the larger size.

Both versions of the case are made mostly in-the-hoop, then are finished on the sewing machine. The flap is made first, then the body of the case is made in a second hooping.

Kris gave me two bunny fabrics from her stash to use on her cover. I used the larger scale white rabbits for the outside of the cover and the smaller print for the lining.

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The flap, front and back are all padded with cotton batting. The front and flap are lightly quilted.

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After the embroidery and sewing steps are complete, the case is turned a couple of times so that the cover and flap are on the outside and a pocket is formed on the back side. The tablet slips into the front and the back pocket is for holding charging cords and other accessories, secured with a snap closure. I used pink ribbon to match the bunny ears for the tab closure on this iPad cover.

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A velcro or button closure are optional for the front flap but I did not add one because I was certain that Kris would have some cute carrot buttons in her stash.

I liked the way this case turned out, so when my niece got an iPad for her birthday last August (2013), I made one in red, her favorite color at the time.

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The closure for the back pocket is made of black ribbon with a red snap.

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I forgot to add the elastic when making the flap, so stitched in on by hand afterward, along with a shank style button for a closure.

iPad Case

I recently made an iPad mini case in the same fabric for another friend, using fusible Velcro instead of the button closure.

These are handy little cases, but I haven't made more of them, partly because I don't have an iPad and my Samsung tablet just barely fits inside, and partly because the regular iPad only fits inside without a protective cover. The iPad mini design comes with 2 sizes - one for the mini only, and one for the mini with a cover.

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