Tablet Cover (works for Kindle or iPad)

This beginner friendly project is made from durable wool melton cloth and a combination of 4 cotton prints that you can use to express your personality. This long lasting essential can be used daily and also makes a great gift!

  • Melton Cloth- we recommend making your pattern first and then taking it with you to the store to ensure you have enough (keep in mind you should get a little extra for shrinkage and steam your piece well before cutting into it) 
  • 10cm each of 4 coordinating cotton prints
  • 5cm of 1” wide velcro (hook and loop)
  • Thread to match Melton Cloth
  • Marking Tool of Choice
Making your pattern pieces:
  1. Measure the device you will be covering. You will want to measure all the way around the width of the device as well as around the height of the device.  For our example we got 14” around the width and 19.5” around the length.
  2. Take these two measurements and divide them in half to see how big your pattern pieces should be. 14÷2=7 and 19.5÷2=9.75. Next you need to determine what your seam allowance will be. We decided to use a 1/2” seam allowance (it will later be trimmed smaller). 
  3. So your front pattern piece should be the half measurement plus seam allowances (1/2” x2=1” added to each measurement). In our case this equals a piece that is 8”x10.75”. For the velcro placement, you should have it down at least 1/4” from the top of your piece and then centre it across the width. 
  4. For the back piece you also need to add some extra length to make a flap. We have decided to make a flap that is 2” so we will add this measurement to the length of our piece making our back piece 8”x12.75”. For the velcro placement for your back piece you can simply put your front template onto your back template and trace the velcro placement onto it. 
  5. We decided to make our cotton strips 2” wide (finished). We have a 1/2” seam allowance and would like our cotton strips to hang over the edge of our melton by 1/2” on each side as well, our pattern piece is 3”x 9”. This extra half inch on the sides will give a bit of room to play with when sewing your strips of cotton onto the melton. If you alter the size of the finished project, it is likely that you will need to adjust the size of the strips accordingly.
Determining how much fabric to purchase. 
Melton doesn’t really have a fabric grain that needs to be followed when you are working with it so we can purchase enough to cover the width of your pattern piece. Since our piece needs to be 8” wide we purchased ¼ metre (approx. 10”) of fabric (this also allows for a bit of shrinkage-see note above in supplies list). For the strips of cotton fabric we will be using we need to cut pieces that are 3”tall x9”wide so we purchased a minimum 10cm (approx.4”) of each of the four fabrics.
Assembling the Device Cover
  1. Steam your piece of melton with lots of steam to “preshrink” it. Even though the wool is felted, it can still shrink a bit when you are pressing your work. Using the marking tool of choice, trace your cotton and melton pieces and cut them out. 
  2. Take your first cotton strip and line it up with the bottom edge of your front piece (it will stick out 1/2” on either side of the melton). Stitch in place with a 1/2” seam allowance.
  3. Place your second cotton strip on top of the first one, right sides together. Mark your sewing line 1/2” from the top of this cotton strip. Stitch through all three layers, using your marked line as your sewing guide. Flip your second cotton strip over along your stitching and press in place.
  4. Mark and sew your third cotton strip in place, this time lining the top edge with the top of the second strip. 
  5. On your last cotton strip, mark the 1/2” seam allowance (on the right side) of one long edge of your strip and press under.
  6. Line up the raw (unpressed) edge of your fourth strip with the raw edge of the third one.  Mark and stitch this strip in place as you have the others. Flip and press this final cotton strip in place. Stitch down the top edge of the final strip in place (stitching as close to the fold as you can). 
  7. Using your template as a guide, mark your velcro placement on your front and your back melton pieces. Edgestitch both velcro pieces in place. 
  8. Pin your front and back melton pieces together (wrong sides facing in).
  9. Working from the backside of your project and starting from the top right corner, stitch all the way down one side, across the bottom and up the other side, stitching 1/2” from the edge of the melton (you can mark your stitching line if needed). 
  10. Still working from the back, mark a cutting line 1/4” away from your stitching line on the sides and bottom of your piece. Trim your piece along these three lines. 
  11. Starting at the top edge of your front piece and using a zigzag stitch, stitch around the sides and bottom of your cover (including across the top flap). While you stitch you will want the left stitch of your zigzag to be through all your layers of fabric and your right stitch to just come off the edge of your fabric. 
Congratulations on completing your tablet cover!

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