For the most part Tyler and I are rather frugal. We have a set budget and we do our best to stick to it. It's tough, but often times it inspires creativity and resourcefulness. Our ipad has been hanging around our house without a case of any kind. We use it often and then just set it down in the office. I'm not super fond of it hanging out uncased so I set out the make a sleeve for it. We don't cart it around every where we go so I didn't see a need to purchase a protective case. Plus, we're on a budget remember, and purchasing a case was not in the budget.
I decided I would make a padded sleeve for it. I love padded sleeves because they are really easy to make and super functional. I wanted something that would keep the ipad safe and sound while we weren't using it.
Sleeves really are one of the easiest things to make. For this project you need six different fabric pieces. Two pieces for the outside fabric, two pieces for the lining, and two pieces for the inside padding. Start by cutting all of your pieces, each of my pieces were 10" x 12". For the most part you want an extra inch of fabric all around your ipad. This will provide a good amount for seam allowance and it will insure you ipad will actually fit without being to snug.
Once all of your pieces are cut lay your outside fabric print side facing each other and then put a piece of padding (interfacing) on each side. You are basically sewing it inside out. Pin around the sides and then sew around the sleeve. Remember not to sew the opening of your sleeve.
Once those pieces are sewn together set them aside and grab the two pieces for your inside lining. Lay those pieces facing each other, your sewing these inside out too, and sew around the edges. Remember, to not sew around the top of your sleeve and remember to leave an opening at the bottom as well. You will need that opening to pull your sleeve through when you finish.
Once your inside lining sleeve is sewn take the outside section with the padding and turn it right side out. Then take the lining of the sleeve and pull it over you sleeve. Sew around the top of the sleeve attaching the lining to the outside fabric.
Once you're finished pull the sleeve through the hole in the bottom of the lining fabric so everything is right side out. Sew the bottom of the lining hole and place the lining inside the sleeve. The last step is so sew a seam at the top of the sleeve to finish the look. All done!
Making sleeves/cases is actually one of my very favorite projects. They are super easy and come together rather quickly. I also really love how versatile they are, they can be used for so many different things. Happy creating! xo. Samantha