Introduction: A Padded IPad Mini Cover

About: I adore sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. I hope to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.
It’s always the little projects that throw me for a loop.  A dress pattern with twenty separate pieces and minimal directions does not phase me.  But a simple cover for an iPad throws me for a loop – go figure! 

My mom recently requested a protective cover for her iPad mini.  I do not have my own, so I made a tracing of the device on a piece of paper for reference.

Step 1:

I spend a day racking my brain for ideas.  I was dealing with a looming deadline with no time to purchase any new materials.

And then it came to me . . . an envelope clutch would be the perfect solution, or at least a good place to start.  And I certainly have enough fabric in my sewing room to choose from!

An envelope clutch is exactly what it sounds like.  A purse or clutch folded up like a paper envelope.  This means the holder can be made from a single pattern piece that is folded and stitched.  Quick and easy!

Step 2:

I gathered some quilting cotton from the stash.

I measured off the length of the iPad and added ½”  for my seam allowance and an extra ½” for ease of use.  Next the width was measured and doubled adding 1” for the seam allowance and ease of use.  For the top flap, I added a few inches to the doubled width measurement, marked the center point, and rounded that end off (the shape of the flap could obviously be changed according to taste).

A layer of fleece was added to the outside fabric for padding.  This will probably not prevent damage from any drop from a significant height, but it will prevent scratching.

A duplicate layer of fabric was cut out as the lining.  With the right sides together, I stitched the edges, leaving a couple of inches free to turn the fabric right side out.  But before turning, I trimmed down the corners, and clipped small triangles out of the curved flap – this eliminates bulk from interior seems.

The opening was stitched closed, and the entire piece was given a good press with an iron.

The bottom portion of the fabric was folded up, and the side seam stitched in place.

Step 3:

There are so many options for closures. 

I avoid Velcro like the plague because it collects dirt and debris.  I have even managed to snag my clothes on Velcro while reaching inside things, so that was out.  Pushing down on a metal snap in the middle of a delicate electronic gadget seemed like a bad idea . . .  so a loop and button were added as a closure.

Step 4:

So there you have it – a quick project that was completely out of my comfort zone, but I am very pleased with the end result!  After all, it serves its purpose very well, and mom was happy!
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