DIY | No Sew iPad Case
Every time I purchase a new piece of technology I make a solemn vow: this time will be different! This time I will take extra good care of it. I will always put it away when I’m finished, I will keep the screen super clean and I will never throw it into my bag where it can get scratched up. But, just like new years resolutions, a few weeks pass and I’ve already broken every single one of my promises. Dammit! My iPad lasted the longest but lately I’ve started slacking off. Leaving it around the place, letting my cat walk over it and generally letting it get a little scuffed up. I realised my main problem is the poor thing doesn’t have anywhere to live! My problem had a clear solution - if I make a cozy case for my iPad to live it, I will obviously never treat it poorly again!
Okay, this is probably not going to solve my problem forevere - but Shhh! Let me have this one!
For this project we’re using fabric / hemming tape instead of using a sewing machine. Fabric tape is a fine mesh substance that adhere to fabric when heated with an iron. It’s great for these kind of simple projects, as it is very forgiving - if you make a mistake you can reheat the seams and pull them apart and start again. It’s not as strong as using a sewing machine, but if, like me, are saving your pennies to buy yourself a machine, its an awesome alternative!
2m of Calico fabric
1m of Cotton padding/webbing
Fabric / Hemming Tape
20cm of ribbon
An iron and Ironing board.
1. Measure and cut 4 rectangular pieces of calico fabric. Each piece should be 1 inch larger than your device on three sides and 3 inches larger on one side - this extra fabric will be used to make the closing flap.
2. Take two of those fabric pieces and using a fabric marker, draw on your desired pattern.
3. Measure and cut 2 pieces of cotton padding to 1-2cm larger than your device.
4. Match up the fabric squares into pairs; one patterned and one plain. Place one of the padding pieces in between each of the pairs of fabric, keeping the padding piece centred to one end, so the extra fabric we left on the longer side is still loose.
5. Remove the un-patterned piece of fabric and run a strip of Fabric / Hemming Tape outside the edge of the padding and place two long pieces across it diagonally (to form a large cross). Replace the fabric, making sure none of the fabric tape is showing. Iron into place according the the fabric tape directions. Repeat this step with the other set of fabric & padding.
6. You should now two padded sides for your case. Take one and using the excess fabric we left earlier, fold over twice towards the plan side to form a hem. Your hem should sit just above the padded area. (If it is too long, trim away) Iron your folds down so you have a straight line. Run another line of fabric tape under the hem and iron to secure.
7. Place the two sides back together with the pattern sides on the inside. Line the padded area with fabric tape, leaving the hemmed end/longer end open. Iron down to secure.
8. Trim away the excess fabric from the secure ends, the fabric tape will keep the joins from fraying.
9. Gently pull the pouch inside out so that the pattern side is on the outside and iron flat.
10.The closing flap on your pouch will be un-hemmed. Separate the two pieces of fabric and fold in the corner pieces and along the top edge of each side and iron flat (see image above). Place fabric tape in between the two sides and iron to secure.
11. Lastly, using the fabric tape attach two pieces of ribbon- one to the closing flap and one below so that you can tie the pouch closed when using.