Picture of All Leather iPad Sleeve (figgy edition)
Here I'll show you how to make a pretty simple iPad sleeve all out of leather.  Delicious leather.  Can you smell it?  This sleeve uses 5 to 7 oz. chrome tanned leather and suede (also cow leather just finished differently)

Dimensions can be modified to fit the iPad mini. ( I need to get me one of those.  But when I do it will be for my wife ;-)

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools
-Leather- I use between 5 and 7 oz. leather.  Need about 3 sq. ft. of finished leather and 1.5 of colored suede (make it thick 6 oz.)
-Contact cement
-2 rivets
-1 heavy duty metal snap
-Thick thread for machine
-Thin cardboard, chipboard, poster board for pattern
-(optional) you can make up a mock up of your iPad so you don't damage your's out of mdf.  Not really necessary if you are only making one.

-Sewing Machine with leather needle.  Should be a rather strong machine if your leather is a little heavier weight.  If your leather is lighter weight you can just use a home machine.  Mine's a walking foot Juki DNU-1541 
-Straight edge
-Razor. Snap off kind
-Sharp shears or scissors
-Music by Radiohead ( something like Kid A should do the trick.  Don't skimp here this is important! )

Step 2: Pattern

Picture of Pattern
Make 4 pattern pieces

-Back with flap
-Front inside pocket
-Front outside
-Small pocket on front

Figure out how far you want the flap to come down and how wide you'll want it.  This sleeve will not be sewn inside out but make sure you give a little wiggle room for the stitch.  
The back piece with flap will not have any turned edges so you can figure out the rest off of that.  Add about a half inch to top of front all other pieces so they can be turned ( step 3 )

Cut out all your pieces
I used suede for the front inside and small pocket for contrasting colors. (PURPLE!)

Printy2 years ago
I hope you win. :D This is fantastic!!
Phiske (author)  Printy2 years ago
Thanks so much! I hope so too!
Kanatka2 years ago
GREAT work !! Pictures are perfect for understanding the how-to part. Good luck on your work and I'm a fan! Kanatka
Phiske (author)  Kanatka2 years ago
You're too nice. thank you! By the by... purple ties are awesome!
Phiske (author) 2 years ago
Thank you very much!
So cool! I just love your embellishments! They are done so well :)
Phiske (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks so much! Glad you like it.