Sunday, April 24, 2011

iPad Pouch Tutorial

First line of business...HAPPY EASTER!!!! I hope all of you are having a grand day!

So it seems that you like tutorials, hm? Me thinks so. :) 

Upon popular request, here is the iPad Pouch/Case tutorial. This will fit the first generation iPad as well as the iPad 2. 

Fabric used in above photo: Front cover is Treasures & Tidbits by Piece O Cake and 
back cover is Pick A Bunch by Nancy Mims, both for Robert Kaufman.
Zipper - 10" or longer
Scrap pieces of fabric 
Main fabric - I used Osnaburg
Lining fabric
Fusible batting
piecing and quilting thread

12 squares measuring 3.5" from scrap fabrics
2 pieces measuring 3.5" x 9.5" from the Main fabric
2 pieces measuring 2.5" x 9.5" from the Main fabric
2 pieces measuring 9.5" x 11.5" from the lining fabric
2 pieces measuring 9" x 11" from the fusible batting

1.  Using your print fabric squares measuring 3.5", sew 3 together in a horizontal row. Press your seams to one side. Make 4 of these. Then sew two rows together (with opposing seams so they nest) to create a patchwork of 6 squares (3 x 2). Repeat to make one more. 

2.  Sew a main fabric piece measuring 3.5" x 9.5" to the top of each of these patchwork pieces. Press. 

3.  Sew a main fabric piece measuring 2.5" x 9.5" to the bottom of each of these patchwork pieces. Press.

4.  You now have a front and a back piece that look like this. 

5.  At the top of each of your pieces, fold over a 1/4" and press. 

6.  Add your fusible batting according to the manufacturers directions. Center and place this just below your 1/4" fold over to reduce bulk. Do this to both the front and back piece. 

7.  Quilt as desired. 

8.  Lay your lining piece, right side up, and place your zipper along the top edge. The ENTIRE zipper should be on the fabric (meaning if you flipped over your piece, you would NOT see the zipper). Match the edge of your zipper to the edge of your fabric and pin on the bottom half of the zipper to hold it in place.  

9.  If you have a zipper that is longer than your 9.5" edge of your lining piece, shorten your zipper according to the directions on the package OR you can use my tutorial in PDF format HERE.  Use the above photo as reference as to how your zipper should lay. The left side where the zipper pull is, should hang over the edge just a bit, and on the right side, even less hangover. 

10.  Lay your front piece on top of the part of the zipper that you did not pin down. This piece should be right side up, and the fold face down along the zipper. Pin in place. 

11.  Sew 1/8" away from the folded edge of the front piece through all layers (lining, zipper, front piece) using your zipper foot.  

12.  Remove your pins and fold the lining piece back so that it is under the front piece. 

13.  Take your second piece of lining, right side up, and lay your zipper piece on top of that, line up the top edge along the zipper. Lay your back piece right side up, 1/4” folded edge face down along zipper edge. Pin in place and sew 1/8” from zipper using zipper foot. 

14.  Remove your pins and fold the lining piece back so that it is under the front piece. 

15.  You should now have a front piece with a lining piece on one side of the zipper, and a back piece and lining piece on the other side of the zipper.

This is what the outside should look like.
This is what the "inside" should look like.
16.  Put the two lining pieces together, right sides together, and repeat for the front and back pieces, right sides together. Pin in place all around the perimeter. Also, if you use patchwork and stitching on the outer pieces, be sure to match these up, front and back.

Also, be sure your zipper is OPEN at least half way so when it comes time to turning your pouch right sides out, it will be possible. :)

17. Sew 3/8” all around the edge, leaving an opening at the bottom of the lining so you can turn it right sides out. Make sure to back stitch at your start and stopping points for stability.

Note: When you sew over your zipper, the zipper should fold basically in half towards the front/back pieces. See the below photo for reference. Also, make sure you stitch back and forth a few times over the zipper for stability. 

18.  Turn your pouch right sides out, sew up the opening in the lining and admire your cute little iPad case. :) 

Feel free to upload pictures of the pouches you have made from my tutorial to my Flickr Pool HERE

Now mind you, this is just a starting point. Using these same steps, you can change up your measurements to make whatever size you need! For the iPad, the total outer and inner measurements were 9.5" x 11.5". Change up the patchwork or just use solid pieces. Or, change the size to 7" x 10.5" and make yourself a Kindle pouch like this...

The possibilities are endless!!

Much Love!!!


  1. Such a great tutorial! I have just the perfect fabric for it although a little scared to try sewing in a zipper!!

  2. Great tutorial, as always! I may change it up to make a case for my MacBook Pro..... Bill won't let me make a case for his iPad - too "girly"!!

  3. I love this!! I am going to try to make one today, although the schedule today is a bit crazy :/ There is always tomorrow!! Thanks for this tutorial!!

  4. I love this!! I'll be making me one today!

  5. I will be making one of these this week... One of the choir directors just got an iPad and I have some music note fabric that I have been wanting to use...

    I might move the zipper to the side though...

  6. That is so cute. I just need an iPad to go with it (Hahaha)

  7. Great tutorial, I too was a bit worried about the zipper. So I went through my stash and choose some fabric I wasn't in love with just in case I stuffed it up... but it went brilliantly! I now want to go buy some 'nice' fabric and make another.

  8. Slightly off subject, but I saw a sneak peek of your Fat Quarterly quilt {Blocktangles} and I really like how you maxed out the jelly roll! The issue doesn't release until tomorrow, but I couldn't wait. I sat down and sketched out my own version! {grin}

  9. I love the pouch for the IPad - I'm going to keep this on my blog just in case I ever get one! LOL! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  10. Thanks for this lovely tutorial! For sure, I will try to do it! Kisses from Spain. Anita dinamita

  11. Planning to adapt this to make a cover for my sketchbook. Thank you for such a precise tutorial, I was curious as how to put together a quilting bag with a lining and you have opened my eyes to fusible batting!

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  13. 'm trying to make this for my Nook Tablet that is about 8X5. I am cutting the fabric 1 1/4 inches wider and longer but it wont fit. I used 1/4 inch seam allowances. I'm putting the zipper along the top. Would putting it on the side be better for this small of a pouch? What size would you cut the fabric pieces in order to get them to fit an 8X5 reader? It turned out super cute,just to small. Thanks. For some reason I can't wrap my brain around this math!

  14. Great tutorial! thank you very much.

  15. Dear KarrieLyne, thank you for this great tutorial! I whipped up a pouch for my hubby this weekend (between mom-duties). Easy to follow and nice photographs!

  16. Love this iPad pouch tutorial. It's so easy to follow.

    Thanks a lot.

    Marlene Detierro (TRUSTprice - Software Download)

  17. Hi there,
    I just want to check if there is plenty of room for the ipad to slip into this pouch? I worry that the zip might scratch the iPad if the pouch is too snug.
    Thank you


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