Here's what you need:
- About a yard or less of some type of durable material (I used a pair of cargo pants that were too small)
- About a 1' x 1' piece of decorative fabric (if you'd like)
- About 12' of rope (mine is about a 1/4" in diameter)
- 2 - 7.5" x 4.75" piece of cardboard (mine is from a cereal box)
- 1 - 7.5" x 4.75" piece of polystyrene or foam product (mine is from a camera bag I took apart for something else)
- 2 buttons
- 2 rubber bands
- Fabric glue (I used Aleene's Fabric Fusion - it makes the material ROCK HARD which is great for this project)
- Needle and thread
*ps: I apologize for the less than stellar photos in this instructable. My laptop is being serviced so I'm using a spare one that doesn't have Photoshop. I'm just using my little Olympus point and shoot camera and Microsoft Office Picture Manager to photograph and edit the items and diagrams.
Step 1: Create the Base
The diagram looks a little different than the cutout, but I did - it's more of a picture of how I would've liked to have cut the material.
Step 2: Glue the Case Together
Then pull the left end of the fabric over the foam (I have the foam facing up so it will be on the inside of the bag and the cushy side will be against the screen) and glue the edges of the fabric down
For my own bag, I had to scrap together a bunch of pieces because I didn't really know what I was doing, hopefully your design will look a lot cleaner than mine...
Step 3: Create the Tablet Holder
-Cut out holes for your power button, volume, and microphone (I actually did this after I glued everything down and it was great that the fabric was hard so I could cut through all the layers, but cutting through glued fabric was really tough so the choice is yours!).
-Apply a thin layer of glue to one side of the fabric and fold it in every 3/4". The fabric glue makes the fabric really rigid so be mindful of how much you use.
-Use the bit of fabric left at the end to anchor the border onto the bag.
-Now for the vertical border. Fold the top and bottom pieces of fabric remaining on the bag inward every 3/4" and cut out holes for your microphone and charger port
-Tuck the ends of the horizontal border into the vertical border as you ad glue to the fabric and fold the top and bottom pieces on the bag inward every 3/4".
You should now have a place for your tablet or ebook reader to rest. I have a rubber case on mine so it fits snugly with the dimensions I've used. You can always make it a bit smaller or add pieces of elastic to each corner to keep the tablet in place.
-Apply glue to one side of the fabric and
Step 4: Add Details
- I glued some fabric on both sides of the purse for a bit of visual interest. If the fabric looks familiar, it's because it's from anotIher one of my instructables.
- I also added some buttons and a bit of rope to make some closures to keep the case shut. I used rubber bands to hold the rope together because I'm able to adjust the rope if I need to make the case tighter.
- Lastly, I sewed some loops on either side of the bag and added rope I braided together about 3 foot in length. I also added a small piece of fabric with a button so I can bring the ends of the rope up and make a shorter strap on the purse.
Well, I hope this tutorial was somewhat clear and useful! Best of luck!