A Simple Slip Case: Revamped
Since we published the tutorial for the Simple Kindle Slip Case in 2012, Amazon’s Kindles have taken a new shape. I’ve updated the free tutorial to accommodate those shiny new tablets. Additionally, a worksheet and instructional PDF will be available soon to help you resize the slip case to fit any other flat electronic device that you carry (including slim laptops!).
Two of the covers shown today were made for kids. One was more than a little inspired (very obviously, I’m sorry for that but I loved it so much) by this whimsical cushion from Donna Wilson. To recreate it’s look I cut felt freehand and machine embroidered it with a tight and narrow zig zag stitch to the thin turquoise cashmere pocket flap that was left over from a 2010 coat project. Using a cat drawing that my youngest illustrated, the larger iPad case is composed with felt and machine embroidery. I considered adding clothes to both animals, I still think that would be a great embelishment if you’re doing this at home.
- hair elastic or braided elastic scrap, about 4 inches
- a sizable button
- large scrap of felt, fleece or flannel for lining
- at least two variations of fabric scraps a few inches larger than the device you are outfitting
- the usual suspects: sewing machine, hand sewing needle, thread, hot iron, scissors
- optional: felt and coordinating thread to machine embroider animals
Seam allowances are 3/8″
- Refer to our PDF for common tablet dimensions or measure an electronic device and use the worksheet below to calculate dimensions to cut two main and two pocket panels. Pocket panels should be about 2.75″ shorter than the height (or width for wide/horizontal format like our iPad case) of main pocket panels. If you modify opening direction just make sure to subtract from the appropriate measurement (noted below as either vertical/tall or horizontal/wide).
Your Device (depth under 0.5 inches) Measurement Add to Measurement Cut Fabric Dimensions Height (A) _______ +1.75 = _______ Width (B) _______ +1.75 = _______ Vertical/Tall (A) or Horizontal/Wide (B) Pocket Panel (A or B)____- 2.75 = _______ Your Device (0.5 – 0.8″ deep) Height (A) _______ +2 = _______ Width (B) _______ +2 = _______ Vertical, tall (A) or Horizontal, wide (B) Pocket Panel (A or B)____- 2.75 = _______
- Prepare Pocket Panels by folding and pressing the top of each pocket panel about 1/8″ an inch, fold over one more time and press. Edge stitch flat.
- Place the pocket panel print side up on top of the main panel. Sew to secure the sides of pocket panel in place. Sew along the two long edges so the pocket flap is secured and does not shift. If you would like to divide the pockets into sections do so now.
- Place a hair elastic or both raw ends of elastic scrap at the top center point of one of the rear panel and secure with extra backstitches (make sure the size of the elastic will allow you to sew a button in place; it should easily slip over but also secure the case opening).
- Next place the lining fabric (felt, flannel) on top of main panel (right sides together), sew the top edges together. Press seam allowance open. Repeat.
- Line up the two joined long pieces, right sides together. Try to match up the lining and exterior fabric joints. Pin around the edges.
- Beginning 1/3 from an end of a lining fabric, sew along the entire piece stopping three inches short of closing the seam. You’ll need to leave this area open to turn the piece right side out.
- Clip corners and excess fabric.
- Turn piece right side out through the opening, take care to separate the pocket flaps. Try using a dull pointy object to push out corners and then again to push the lining inside the slip case.
- Check to make sure that nothing is amiss, that the tablet fits and then sew the tiny opening closed.
- Press the slip case with a hot iron, gently rolling the top inward to avoid exposing excess lining. Edge stitch in place.
- Place and sew a button on the front of the case (not the side with the elastic). Be mindful of the tension between button and elastic.
This last one is for my mother-in-law and features a soft natural linen (with fusible interfacing affixed) with a delicious Skinny LaMinx fabric.
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