But suppose you jumped on the tablet bandwagon, but you don't have an iPad. Maybe you have a Xoom. Or a Kindle. Or something in between, like my 7" Galaxy Tab. Its hard to find cases for these. You can't walk into an Apple store or a Brookstone and pick up a accessories for them.
Sure you can get a case for your tablet... from the manufacturer. And it comes in any color you want, as long as you want black. So where are the cool accessories for you?
Well, gentle reader, the cool stuff is as close as your sewing room. Because I am going to help you make your own sweet gadget sleeve, no matter what kind of gadget you have.
This sleeve features ~
- cushy felt lining for extra protection
- exterior patch pocket for earbuds, sync cable, extra memory, etc
- button closure
- made from recycled / re-purposed materials!
Materials required ~
- rear quarter panel of a pair of jeans
- two pieces of felt (I used eco-fi brand)
- decorative button
- elastic hair tie
- marking pen (optional)
- sewing machine (optional, you can also hand sew, or use fabric glue on the major seams)
- iron (also optional, but recommended)
Step 1: Measure Twice, Cut Once
- Get a single sheet of newspaper and fold it. I used a Wall Street Journal, but you don't have to be as classy as I am. Its also fun to make patterns from the Sunday Funnies and the classifieds.
- Put your device so that it lines up with the fold and the edge (see image 1). Fold up the edge to measure the thickness of your device. Let about 3/8" extra hang over the top of your gadget. This is your seam allowance.
- Draw a line around your gadget. Draw another line all around that is the same width as the width of your fold (height, plus seam allowance)
- Cut along the outside line and open up the paper at the fold. Ta da! A pattern!
Recap for people who like math:
Cut a rectangle out of a piece of newspaper.
The rectangle's length should be equal to 2 * (gadget_length + 2* (gadget_height+3/8)).
Its width should be gadget_width + 2* (gadget_height+3/8).
For example, my gadget_length is 7.5, gadget_height is .5, and gadget_width is 4.75. So my pattern is 18.5" x 6.5"
2 * (7.5 + 2* (.5+.375)) = 18.5"
4.75 + 2* (.5+.375) = 6.5"