Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case

Gotta keep that device secure & lookin’ good!

Jazz up your tablet storage with this fun and easy tutorial. This sewing project is a good one, because let’s face it, devices are a part of our life! So why not make sure they’re protected, secure and looking fantastic? Give yours a personality all its own by choosing fabrics that are special to you. Finish it off with a Dritz® screw-together grommet for a truly professional look. 

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case

Dritz® supplies:

Omnigrid® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • Sizing Worksheet (download PDF file)
  • Non-directional cotton fabric for outer panels – about ½ yard
  • Cotton fabric for lining – about ½ yard
  • Cotton fabric for binding and strap – about 1/3 yard
  • 1” x 1” hook and loop fastener tape
  • Fusible fleece interfacing (such as Smooth by Fairfield) – about ½ yard
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface

Prep:

Complete sizing worksheet prior to starting. Here’s our example: 

  • Our tablet is 8.5″ x 5″ 
  • Cut outer fabric (front panel) 9.5″ x 6.5″
  • Cut outer fabric (back panel) 15.5″ x 6.5″
  • Cut lining (front panel) 10.5″ x 7.5″
  • Cut lining (back panel) 16.5″ x 7.5″

NOTE: SA = seam allowance


Supplies to make tablet case: Omnigrid ruler & rotary cutter, Getta Grip Clips, Dritz spray adhesive and screw-together grommets

1) Gather supplies, measure device and complete the sizing worksheet.

2) Cut fabric according to your measurements. Cut 1 outer front panel and 1 outer back panel from non-directional fabric. Cut 1 lining front panel and 1 lining back panel from lining fabric.

3) Cut fusible fleece the same size as outer panels. Fuse fleece to the wrong side of the outer front and back panels.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case

4) Center outer panels on wrong side of lining fabrics. Baste pieces together with spray adhesive.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

5) Quilt outer panels as desired. Start and stop your stitches on the lining.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

6) Trim lining to meet edges of outer front and back panels. The panels should match the measurements from your worksheet.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

7) Cut out the template from the back of the grommet package.  Center on the lining side of the back panel 1” down from the edge. Use a fabric marking pen to trace template onto the fabric.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

8) Following the directions on the package cut out the marked area. Attach the grommet using a screwdriver.

TIP: need more information about applying the screw-together grommets? Check out this tutorial.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

9) Make the strap. Cut a 6” wide x 10” long strip of binding fabric for a mini tablet. For a full size tablet, cut the strip 6” wide x 12” long.

Fold one short edge of the strap in ¼” and press. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Open center fold and bring both raw edges in to meet center fold; press. Fold along center fold again and press.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case

10) Unfold strap 1 time and place the loop side of the fastener tape ½” from the pressed end of the strap.  Sew the loop tape in place through 2 layers of fabric, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Refold strap. Topstitch along all sides of the strap. Save the hook portion of the fastener tape for later.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

11) Center the strap, aligning raw edge of the strap with the bottom of the front panel. Baste at bottom edge with a ⅛” SA.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

12) Place front panel on back panel, aligning bottom edges. Slide tablet between layers and fold flap down.

Determine the placement of the hook fastener tape by pulling the strap through the grommet.

Mark the appropriate location for the hook fastener tape with a pin.

Remove back panel and tablet.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

13) Position hook fastener tape at the pin. Stitch in place on strap and through all layers of front outer panel. Stitch an X pattern on the strap below the hook and loop for added strap security.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

14) Make the binding. Cut 2 strips of binding fabric 2.25” wide x width of fabric.

Place the binding strips right sides together at a right angle. Draw a 45° line from one corner to the edge.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

15) Sew along the drawn line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Trim fabric to ¼” from stitching. Press seam open.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

16) Fold binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

17) Apply binding to top edge of front panel. On lining side, align raw edge of binding with top edge of panel. Sew with a ¼” SA. Fold binding over to the front, encasing raw edges and overlapping stitches. Clip in place. Hand sew or machine stitch folded edge to panel.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

18) Place front panel on top of back panel, lining sides together. Align bottom edges. Pin panels together. Baste at 1/8” around sides and lower edge of front panel.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies.

19) Starting in the middle of one side, attach binding to the front side of the case with a ¼” SA. Leave an unsewn 3” tail at the beginning of the binding. Backstitch at the beginning of your stitches.

When you are ¼” away from a corner, stop with needle down. Pivot and then sew diagonally to the corner. Clip threads.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

20) Fold binding over the diagonal stitching to make a right angle.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

21) Fold binding back over itself, aligning fold with edge of panel. Pin in place.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

22) Start your stitches ¼” away from the corner (at the pivot point). Repeat for remaining corners of the case.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

23) As you stitch binding to the last side of the case, stop about 4” from your beginning stitches; backstitch. Leave a 3” tail unsewn. Trim binding tails so they overlap by ½”.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

24) Open the binding tails and pin trimmed ends together with right sides together. Sew with a ¼” SA. Finger press seam open.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

25) Refold binding and stitch to edge of tablet case; backstitching at both beginning and end.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

26) Fold the binding over to the back of the case, overlapping the stitches. Miter the corners and use Getta Grip® clips to clip in place. Hand stitch binding using a ladder stitch.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

Your tablet case is ready! Slide your device into its new digs …


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

Close its flap (stop a moment to admire that cool grommet fastener) …


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

And you’re ready to roll! Your device is protected, secure and truly one of a kind!

Hope you have fun with this tutorial – we sure did! (Lots of folks walking around our offices with cool device cases!) Tell us what you’re sewing these days – we’d love to hear from you!

Big thanks to Jennifer Mathis for creating this super cute project for us! Jennifer loves modern sewing and design – we’re big fans of her work! Check out more of her tutorials, patterns, and inspiration at Ellison Lane.

 

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