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DIY Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket

DIY tablet cover


- 3/4 yards of a reversible quilted fabric – a thin layer of batting is sandwiched between two different fabrics and then quilted.  (If you can’t find a quilted fabric you can use two different fabrics – 3/4 yards of each – and quilt them yourself).  Here's a picture of the 2 fabrics with the batting in between.

DIY tablet cover material

- 1 yard of coordinating fabric for binding strips (optional – use pre-made bias tape, extra wide double fold if you don't want to make the binding)

- 1 button

- 1 hair elastic

- Thread to match bias fabric

- 9″ zipper


*These figures are to make a cover for a 5″ wide x 8″ long tablet or reader.  You will need to measure your tablet or reader, and adjust your measurements accordingly.

DIY tablet cover size

Step 1)

Cut a rectangle of fabric that is 1 1/2″ wider than your tablet, and double the length of your tablet plus 4″.  Since this tablet is 5″ wide x 8″ long, the cut of the rectangle is 6 1/2″ wide x 20″ long.

DIY tablet cover step 1

Step 2)

Round the corners at one end of the rectangle.  You can use a spool of thread to mark the curves.

DIY tablet cover step 2

Bias binding or bias tape – (If you're using pre-made bias tape, you can skip these next steps.  Just apply the bias tape in the normal way, encasing the raw edge of the fabric or zipper on both the front and back sides, and top-stitching in place.)

Step 3)

For this tablet cover you will need to cut 2 strips of the coordinating fabric.  One will be for straight end of the rectangle and the other for the the top of the zippered pocket.  They should be cut the width measurement of the cover x 2″.

DIY tablet cover step 3

Step 4)

Also cut a 35″ strip on the bias for the binding that will go all around the edges of the cover in a later step.

DIY tablet cover step 4

Follow the steps to add the binding strip to the straight end of the rectangle.  You will use these same steps to apply the strip at the top of the pocket and the bias strip for around the whole cover.

Step 5)

Fold strip in half lengthwise.  Don't iron fold, just pin.  If you don't make an ironed crease in the fabric, then you can adjust the binding if you need to and the crease won't be in the wrong place.

DIY tablet cover step 5

Step 6)

To apply the binding strips, sew the strip to the wrong side of the fabric using a 1/4″ seam allowance, raw edges of the binding strip along the raw edge of tablet cover rectangle.

DIY tablet cover step 6

Fold the binding strip over to the right side of the fabric.

DIY tablet cover step 6b

Top stitch binding strip in place along folded edge.

DIY tablet cover step 6c

Step 7) The pocket

Cut out a piece of fabric for the pocket that is the same width as your long rectangle and 1 3/4″ less than the length of your tablet.  This pocket is cut at 6 1/2″ wide x 6 3/4″ long (8″ long minus 1 3/4″).

DIY tablet cover step 7

Step 8)

Lay your zipper face side down on the right side of the top of the pocket fabric.  You can let extra length of the zipper hang over on each end, it will be cut off later.  The long edge of the zipper should slightly hang over the fabric.

DIY tablet cover step 8

Step 9)

Sew the side of the zipper closest to the edge of fabric – 1/4″ away from edge of zipper.

DIY tablet cover step 9

Fold fabric so that the zipper is face side up.  Turn fabric and zipper over to back side.  Sew along the edge of the zipper on the back side –  encasing the raw edge of fabric.

DIY tablet cover step 9b

Step 10)

Attach binding to the other edge of the zipper the same way that it was attached to the end of the tablet cover.

DIY tablet cover step 10

Step 11)

Lay the pocket on the cover rectangle, with right sides together, with the bottom edge of the pocket the length of your tablet minus 1/4″.  Sew pocket to the long rectangle 1/4″ from the raw edge of the pocket.

DIY tablet cover step 11

Step 12)

Fold pocket at seam so that it is right side up on the long rectangle.  Stitch the top of the pocket to the cover.

DIY tablet cover step 12

Fold the cover at the pocket seam line.

DIY tablet cover step 12b

Step 13)

Pin all layers of each side of cover.  Sew the sides together, wrong sides together, with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

DIY tablet cover step 13

Sew binding around the cover on the back side, following the binding instructions above.  Turn under the ends of binding so there are no raw edges.

DIY tablet cover step 13b

Tuck under the ends of binding so there are no raw edges.

DIY tablet cover step 13c

Fold binding over to front side of cover and top-stitch in place.

DIY tablet cover step 13d

Step 14)

Sew hair elastic to the middle of the underside of the flap.

DIY tablet cover step 14

Step 15)

Sew button onto pocket front.

DIY tablet cover step 15

And you're done!  

DIY tablet cover result


SOURCE: So Sew Easy