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Make an iPad cover

by: Chica

Make an iPad cover
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Like many of you out there, Jo and I love the portable function and all-around awesomeness of our iPads. They are just so versatile that we often wonder how we ever got along without them! Like any expensive device, though, we want to protect them with a cover. Rather than pay big bucks for one of the many available (and boring) iPad covers on the market, I decided to make my own custom iPad cover. I started the design process by looking at our custom Kindle cover, which just needed a few adaptations to work for the iPad. The most important feature (besides looking cute, of course!) is that the iPad case needs to also serve as a stand for when I want to watch videos. You might be surprised at just how easy this cover is to make!

NOTE: This tutorial was designed for an original series iPad (which measures approximately 7.5″ wide, 9.5″ tall, and 0.5″ thick) so my pictures and default measurements are for that model. However, I’ve provided formulas below so you can adjust the pattern for different devices. Just measure your device’s width, height, and thickness, and plug those numbers in!

The first thing you’ll need is some heavy chipboard for the inside of the case. Don’t use regular corrugated cardboard from a box, because it will bend too easily. Use something solid and sturdy. A great upcycled source for chipboard is the back of a heavy-duty notebook or the inside of a binder cover.

You need to cut five pieces of chipboard using the following measurements. Go ahead and mark each piece with its number so that you don’t get them mixed up later.

CHIPBOARD measurements:

original series iPad
Piece #1: (10″) x (7.5″)
Piece #2: (10″) x (.5″)
Piece #3: (10″) x (7.75″)
Piece #4: (10″) x (.5″)
Piece #5: (10″) x (3.75″)
formula for other devices
Piece #1: (height + .5″) x (width)
Piece #2: (height + .5″) x (thickness)
Piece #3: (height + .5″) x (width + .25″)
Piece #4: (height + .5″) x (thickness)
Piece #5: (height + .5″) x (width / 2)

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You’ll also need about a half a yard of fabric, cut in three pieces using the following measurements. This is where you get to have a lot of fun and choose something that really matches your personality!

FABRIC measurements:

original series iPad
Piece #1: (10.5″) x (23″)
Piece #2: (10.5″) x (15.5″)
Piece #3: (10.5″) x (8″)
formula for other devices
Piece #1: (height + 1″) x (3.25″ + 2.5*width + 2*thickness)
Piece #2: (height + 1″) x (3.25″ + 1.5*width + 2*thickness)
Piece #3: (height + 1″) x (width + .5″)

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Finally, you’ll need some 1″ wide elastic. This is the trickiest supply to find, because it’s so hard to find colored elastic. If your fabric looks good with white or black, then you’re in luck, because white and black elastic are readily available. I was actually very lucky (and amazed) to find a gorgeous teal elastic within a selection of new knit elastics by Dritz in our local Jo-Ann Fabric store. I don’t see it for sale online yet, but keep an eye out. I’ve also seen quite a selection of colored fold-over elastic online and in Hobby Lobby stores, and that’s a good option. Also keep in mind that you don’t have to use 1″ wide elastic, and can use something thinner if you find it in a color you like. I like the security of the wider elastic, though.

ELASTIC measurements:

original series iPad
Four short pieces: 4″ each
One long piece: 11″
formula for other devices
Four short pieces: 4″ each
One long piece: height + 1.5″

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Okay, now that the supplies are straight, let’s get started! Take the four shorter pieces of elastic and lay them on the corners of your smallest piece of fabric and pin them in place. Make sure that the ends of the elastic completely reach the sides of the fabric.

DIY custom iPad cover

Then use your sewing machine to run a quick row of stitches on each end of the elastic, as close as possible to the edge of the fabric.

DIY custom iPad cover

This will add extra security to the elastic straps and also keep them in place during the rest of the construction.

DIY custom iPad cover

Use your scissors to trim off the excess corners of the elastic, taking care not to trim too closely.

DIY custom iPad cover

DIY custom iPad cover

Lay the smallest piece of fabric on top of the middle piece of fabric, right sides together, and line the edges up all the way on the right side.

DIY custom iPad cover

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the pieces together on the right side, then open them up and lay them flat.

DIY custom iPad cover

Place the largest piece of fabric face down on top of what you’ve got so far, and line it up on the right side again. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the pieces together on the right side.

DIY custom iPad cover

Use a ruler to measure 2 inches from the row of stitches and make a mark with a pen. Do this at both ends of the row of stitches.

DIY custom iPad cover

Slip the long piece of elastic in between the pieces of fabric, so that it sticks out the top and bottom. Line it up so that the elastic is centered on the marks you made, and pin in place.

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Now use your sewing machine to sew along the two long sides of the fabric. You should now have a rectangular “bag” that’s only open on the left, and sewn on the other three sides. The diagram below shows in yellow where the sewing should be, and also where the elastic should be.

DIY custom iPad cover

Flip the bag inside out and you should have a set of corner braces on the front side and and an elastic band on the back side.

DIY custom iPad cover

DIY custom iPad cover

Take piece #1 of your chipboard and slip it inside the fabric, all the way down to the end.

DIY custom iPad cover

DIY custom iPad cover

With the chipboard shoved down into the fabric as far as possible, and the fabric pulled taught, use your sewing machine to run a row of stitches along the edge of the chipboard, as close as you can get it without sewing through the chipboard (that’s a good way to break a needle!)

DIY custom iPad cover

Put chipboard piece #2 into the fabric next, and shove it all the way down in place.

DIY custom iPad cover

Then run another row of stitches as close to it as you can to piece #2.

DIY custom iPad cover

Continue with chipboard pieces #3 and #4, adding a row of stitches after each one.

Finally, put chipboard piece #5 in place, and you should have a couple inches of fabric left on the end.

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To close the end up, start by folding one side of the fabric down over the chipboard.

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Then tuck the other side in on itself, to create a smooth and even fold.

DIY custom iPad cover

Use a slip-stitch to close up the seam. If you need help with a slip-stitch, check out Lesson 10 in our Sewing 101 video series to learn the technique.

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And just like that, you’re done!

DIY custom iPad cover

Just slip your iPad under the elastic corners and you’re good to go.

DIY custom iPad cover

To close the case up, just pull the cover over top of the iPad, wrap it around, flip it over, and stick the flap under the elastic band on the back.

DIY custom iPad cover

The cover is so snug and secure and makes it so easy to carry the iPad around in style.

DIY custom iPad cover

And if you want to hold the iPad in your hands, the flaps fold up to create a slim and sleek case that is easy to hold.

DIY custom iPad cover

The best part, though, is that the stand lets you prop the iPad up for watching movies. Just open the case back up and fold the cover back on itself, and form a triangle with the flaps. I just love it!

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151 comments so far:

  • 1
    Jeanne 03/04/2012 at 3:33 pm

    What a grand idea! I really want an iPad, and being able to create my own, unique cover for it just adds to the fun. One question, from someone who does not/cannot sew: Can I make this with just the super Stitch Witchery? That’s what I use for all my “sewing” (hemming mostly).

    Thanks for any tips!

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    Chica 03/04/2012 at 4:47 pm

    Jeanne, I don’t think you would be able to do this with just Stitch Witchery, because you need to sew rows of stitches up close to each piece of cardboard as you fit them in place. I don’t think you’d be able to mimic that with Stitch Witchery.

  • 3
    Alicia 03/04/2012 at 6:54 pm

    OMG! Just my luck! I printed the Kindle cover pattern last week, used your handy little formula to do the math and figured out all the measurements for the iPad. Then I thought I was a genius by switching the width and lenth of everything to make it stand up the other way. I finished my project about 5 minutes ago. Then came to check out your site…and you have the pattern up and all figured out. HAHAHA! I should have just waited. :) Hilarious.
    Anyway, it turned out great. Thanks!

  • 4
    Chica 03/05/2012 at 6:50 am

    Alicia, I told you I’d have an iPad formula for ya soon :) Sorry I was a day too late!

  • 5
    deanna 03/14/2012 at 9:15 pm

    I just finished the iPad cover. Your directions were spot on. I used laminated fabric which made it a bit tricky but I’m fairly satisfied. The next one will be even better. Making another one for a friend. If I get real good, I’d like to discuss selling them!

    The front:
    The back:

    Thanks for the fun rainy day project!

  • 6
    Chica 03/15/2012 at 6:57 am

    Great job, Deanna! I love the fabric you used. It’s so unusual! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

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    Sheri 03/16/2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love it! What do you use to cut the chipboard?

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    Chica 03/16/2012 at 2:05 pm

    Sheri, I use a metal ruler and an craft knife to cut my chipboard, making sure to work on a surface that can handle scratches and cuts.

  • 9
    C4G 03/17/2012 at 7:19 pm

    Now I would love this style for my nook tablet. I’m not a sewing wiz, any chance on a tutorial for this style for the nook tablet? :)

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    Chica 03/17/2012 at 7:49 pm

    C4G, please check out our original Kindle cover tutorial for instructions on how to make a case like this for a Nook.

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    Mary 03/24/2012 at 1:02 am

    I made this tonight. Took very little time thanks to my rockin husband cutting out the board. I used mat board….the stuff they use to frame pictures. It works but I wish I could have found something a bit stiffer but no one around here knew what chipboard was. Any other suggestions? Anyhow. This came out really pretty and was very easy to make. Didn’t take long and I’m pretty new to sewing. So not much experience required. Great tutorial. Thank you soooo much!!!

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    Chica 03/24/2012 at 8:30 am

    Mary, I’m so happy to hear that you had such success with this project! You can often find chipboard at an artist’s supply store or a scrapbook store. When I first made the Kindle cover this this tutorial was based on, I used the board from the inside of an old binder, which worked perfectly. Take a look at the Kindle tutorial for instructions on how to get the board out.

  • 13
    Mary 03/30/2012 at 11:53 pm

    I couldn’t get any not in use binders. I’m in college so they’re kinda in demand in my house. I did however find a pack of 25 chipboard sheets on They’re pretty good quality and I think they’ll work nicely.

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    Summer 04/11/2012 at 12:18 pm

    I purchased the corrugated plastic sign material at a home improvement store for use in my covers. It works very well! It is lightweight and it also has the benefit of making the covers washable (spot clean or wash by hand in a sink) without falling apart like chipboard inserts! You will want to cut your fabric pieces slightly larger to allow for the small thickness increase. Another good idea is to spray the finished cover with scotchguard stain protector before using.

  • 15
    Chica 04/11/2012 at 12:41 pm

    The plastic signs are a great idea, Summer. Thanks for sharing!

  • 16
    Jezzi 04/15/2012 at 10:19 am

    Last night I was buying an iPad for my boyfriend and I. But as I was perusing through the dull and limited covers I thought to myself, “didn’t Chica and Jo do a tutorial on this?” Lo and behold came home and looked ur site up with my new iPad and indeed!!!!!thanku!!!!!! Now I got to go pick out a fabric :). My bf thinks I’m a dork for doing this stuff but hey. He is going to be impressed when I make my own cover :) I should make it pink so that he won’t use the iPad as much hahaha

  • 17
    Jezzi 04/15/2012 at 10:21 am

    Oh I almost forgot. U guys r awesome :)

  • 18
    Chica 04/15/2012 at 5:33 pm

    Jezzi, we’re so glad you thought of us and we had the tutorial you needed. Enjoy your fun custom case, and I say you should go for the pink!

  • 19
    Mel 04/17/2012 at 1:04 am

    This is an amazing tutorial. I don’t have an ipad yet, but if I make a case for it maybe the man will get the hint. LOL. I’ve seen quite a few of these on Etsy and was looking out for a free tutorial, and this one has really clear pictures and instructions. I’ve linked you over on my blog here (


  • 20
    Chica 04/17/2012 at 6:48 am

    Mel, I’m glad you like this case and thanks for the link!

  • 21
    tlv 05/16/2012 at 9:10 am


    I’m french and want to buy a 7” tablet.

    When I will do the cover I ‘ll post dimensions for those who are interested by.

    Your cover id beautyfull

  • 22
    LaPriel 06/29/2012 at 10:43 pm

    Wow! Thank you. This is just what I need to make a cover for my friends son. He has a pandigital so I will do some measuring and tweaking. You can use a zipper foot to sew close to the chipboard. Might save a needle or two :)

  • 23
    Chica 06/30/2012 at 11:56 am

    Great idea to use the zipper foot, LaPriel. Thanks for sharing!

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    LaPriel 07/11/2012 at 1:09 am

    Ok, I made two different I pad patterns today. I really like this pattern!
    I had to cut my chip board a bit smaller to fit it.
    Use an old blade on your rotary cutter to cut the chip board. It is so much faster!
    It isn’t necessary, but I think I might interface all my fabric pieces next time. I used quilting cotton. A bit heavier fabric will wear longer.

    Thanks for the great pattern.
    Oh and the zipper foot worked great.

  • 25
    cwilliams 07/20/2012 at 12:20 pm

    I have an acer200 and would like to make a stand up cover for it. How much do I add for seam allowance for each piece of fabric so that I can customize any size tablet?

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    Chica 08/03/2012 at 2:18 pm

    cwilliams, take a look at the custom formula in our Kindle cover tutorial. You should be able to adapt that technique to any tablet.

  • 27
    Katie 08/24/2012 at 3:06 am
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    Chica 08/24/2012 at 4:29 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the tutorial, Katie. Thanks for sharing your photos — love how your case came out!

  • 29
    Crystal 09/18/2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for offering this for free! I’m going to make this very soon. I have a thin plastic shell type case on my iPad. Do you think I need to make the cover a little bigger or is there enough room because of the elastic.

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    Chica 09/19/2012 at 7:30 am

    Crystal, if you want to make the case big enough to go over the plastic cover, you will probably need to adjust the measurements a little, depending on how big your case is. Measure the iPad with and without the case and if the difference is more than 1/4″, add that difference to your piece measurements to be sure the finished case is big enough.

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    Joanna 09/25/2012 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for this so much! I finished my altered version yesterday. I have a Samsung tablet that’s smaller than an ipad and a little smaller than a kindle and it turned out GREAT! I’ll have to look up the kindle tutorial next.

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    Kathryn 10/01/2012 at 7:16 am

    Hey. I’d love to make this style of case for my kindle, i prefer this style to the other kindle ones. Do you have the measurements for this cover for the kindle?

  • 33
    Chica 10/01/2012 at 11:23 am

    Kathryn, check out our separate Kindle cover tutorial.

  • 34
    Megan 10/28/2012 at 10:58 am

    Doing a craft show in two weeks, would love to be able to show off my new iPad case. However, the material I’m working with is not big enough to get all 3 pieces, could someone explain out of the 3 pieces which would be the “inside” and what would be the “outside” covers. Thanks!

  • 35
    Chica 10/28/2012 at 11:57 am

    Megan, the largest piece of fabric will end up being on the outside of the case. The two smaller pieces will make up the inside.

  • 36
    Joyce Yoder 10/28/2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hi-cover looks great! I am wondering if the measurements are for the ipad 1 or 2? I have the ipad 1-I think I have heard the 2 is a bit thinner and possibly a tiny bit smaller, so wondered if the measurements would fit mine! Thanks for the help!

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    Chica 10/29/2012 at 8:27 am

    Joyce, I just did some Googling and learned that the iPad 1 measures 9.56″ x 7.47″ x .5″ and the iPad 2 measures 9.5″ x 7.3″ x .34″. Those dimensions are similar enough that I believe this case design will work just fine for either model.

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    Trish 11/19/2012 at 6:38 am

    I just had to say thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!! I’m so excited I’ve been searching the internet for a week or so to find the ipad cover I want and I found it in yours. Thank you I’m going to make tomorrow. Many thanks again from Australia!

  • 39
    Chica 11/19/2012 at 8:20 am

    So glad we could help, Trish! Hope you enjoy this project and let us know how it goes.

  • 40
    Sarah 11/19/2012 at 11:10 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I am going to do this with some super special woven wrap scrap material I just purchased and can’t wait! Quick question… Have you ever tried adding a thin batting to the chipboard to make it a little more padded for the device? And if so, do you know how that changes the demensions of the fabric you need to cut?

  • 41
    Chica 11/19/2012 at 11:19 am

    Sarah, we have not tried this, but several of our readers have mentioned adding padding to this and to our Kindle cover. It seems like thin padding should fit fine with these measurements, but it wouldn’t hurt to add an extra quarter inch or so to be sure. Enjoy!

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    Areej 11/23/2012 at 6:39 am

    i love the design. i need to make i pad covers for my new project and i am trying to use it.

  • 43
    Virginia 11/25/2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hello and Happy Holidays. I was wondering how this would work with a new tech I have noticed on line by using plastic bags melted ontop of each other.

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    Chica 11/26/2012 at 7:22 am

    Hi Virginia. I think you’re referring to “fused plastic” which is a fun way to recycle old plastic bags into sheets that can be used for many craft projects. Theoretically you could use fused plastic for this project as well, but I have a feeling it would be too delicate for the inside-out seams and tight fit of the measurements we use. If you’re an experienced sewer, you may be able to adjust as you go, but if you’re a beginner, I would recommend sticking with regular fabric. Hope that helps!

  • 45
    jo 12/02/2012 at 12:40 am

    If you want the chip board to be more water resistant, you could coat it with spray sealer or polyurethane before you insert it into the fabric. And some Scotchguard(tm) could be used to protect the fabric before you install your device. Just a thought…

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    LINDSEY 12/08/2012 at 10:41 pm

    Great tutorial! Thanks for figuring out all the math for me! I just wanted to make a suggestion for those wanting to use the colored elastic, but not finding the best selection at their craft/fabric store. I went to Wal-mart and bought an 8-pack of elastic headbands for $3. They come in a ton of colors and are plenty long for this project! Hope this helps some of you! — Lindsey

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    Mary H 12/21/2012 at 9:25 pm

    I have made multiple Kindle, Nexus 7, IPad covers similar to this but different. End result same
    However, I prefe 1/4″ styrofoam board in place of the heavier board. I embroider names on the fronts, sports logos, anything requested. Just made one out of Spider Man material. Just wanted to add the bit regarding the use of a lighter weight product. It doesnt bend once fit tightly into the material.

  • 48
    Michelle 12/28/2012 at 11:41 pm

    This tutorial is awesome!! I was looking for ages for a tutorial like yours that not only protects the iPad but has a stand and opens up aswell. I love your clear instructions and I love how easily it all came together! The only changes I made were adding interfacing to all pieces and batting to the piece behind the iPad :)

  • 49
    Sandra B 12/29/2012 at 2:20 pm

    Just finished about 10 minutes ago! I think it is so stinkin’ cute! Used a pretty purple/green batik and for the sturdiness I cut out the inside of an old binder which did work great. The only thing I changed was I used 1/2 inch black elastic instead of 1 inch and also cut a scant 1/4 inch off the length of each of the binder boards. They were too thick to get in when cut to dimensions given. I love it and thank you for a great tutorial!

  • 50
    Jo 12/29/2012 at 7:47 pm

    Sandra, your fabric sounds so pretty! So glad you were able to use our tutorial.

  • 51
    Jo 12/29/2012 at 7:49 pm

    Michelle, I showed Little Jo your cover, and she loves the pattern! It looks great!

  • 52
    joanne johnson 01/01/2013 at 3:25 pm

    I just finished my ipad cover what a great pattern thank you so much. I quilted the outside fabric so had to cut the boards a little smaller but am so greatful for the pattern.

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    Thea 01/02/2013 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I’ve made two and am working on a third. I’m thinking that I’d like the device in the middle instead of at the end. It seems it might be easier to open that way. I plan on trying that next. I love the idea of embroidering the owner’s name on the cover. Very clever and creative.

  • 54
    kim 01/06/2013 at 1:42 pm

    I LOVE THIS!! away to go attempt it for my husbands ipad. thanks for the tutorial!! xx

  • 55
    Pollyanna Patchwork 01/07/2013 at 6:00 pm

    Hi there, I just found this tutorial and whipped up a new cover for my iPad in under 2 hours! I cut up one of my old rotary cutting mats that had seen better days and used that instead of chipboard. I also used basting spray to attach some wadding off cuts to one side of the mat to add some extra padding!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial!

  • 56
    Chica 01/08/2013 at 7:15 am

    Pollyanna, we love hearing about such resourcefulness. Great job!

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    lili 01/17/2013 at 9:29 pm

    Cn yuou use hot glue if there’s no sewing machine available?

  • 58
    Jo 01/18/2013 at 9:23 am

    Technically, you could use hot glue but I would imagine it would lack durability.

  • 59
    Marion 01/18/2013 at 10:55 pm

    HELP-HELP+more HELP. I have a mini ipad and these measurements are massive for my ipad and now I’m totally lost … please can anyone help me?

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    Chica 01/19/2013 at 12:10 pm

    Marion, we haven’t had a chance to play with an iPad mini yet, so I don’t have adjusted measurements for you. However, take a look at our Kindle cover tutorial, where we show you how to create the same case but with a vertical hinge. Search for the link to our “custom Kindle case formula” on that page to find a formula that will let you determine measurements for any device.

  • 61
    Sharon 01/19/2013 at 6:42 pm

    I will be using the basic iPad instructions to make a case for my Kindle Fire because I prefer the case to open like a book if I am holding the device. I am planning to use some old floor linoleum that I have around the house as the stiffener, and as Thea mentioned, I want the device in the middle instead of on the end. I am also going to use 1″ thick heavy duty foam to pad the case. My daughter has also asked me to make a case for her Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) so I will be using the same materials for her case.

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    Marion 01/20/2013 at 3:39 pm

    Well, I did it! Took time & adjustments but finally finished the mini ipad. I used flannel for the middle piece (to prevent scratching) and then at the end had lots of fabric left over, so, I left the side open (w/velco)to store my earpiece and battery for when I’m traveling… now am ready to head to Taso,NM while my hsbd goes skiing.

  • 63
    Chica 01/20/2013 at 5:43 pm

    That’s great news, Marion! Glad you worked it out and have a nice case to protect your iPad mini :)

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    KatieLynne 01/25/2013 at 3:32 pm

    Hey there Chica!
    This is such a cool project…I have two ipads (one’s my husband’s) that need this. It’ll make it so much easier to use in bed–I look up stuff as I’m reading (maps, words, cultural practices, etc.).

    I’ve got a question though: have you ever heard of any of these types of pads overheating in a holder such as this? May sound dumb, but maybe they’re making items like these better these days so that will not be a problem.
    Thanks a BUNCH for this tutorial.
    A new fan, KatieLynne

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    Chica 01/25/2013 at 3:52 pm

    Hi KatieLynne, and weldome to the site! I have not heard of any instances of e-readers overheating in cases like this, and considering that the device manufacturers themselves sell cases that cover a similar amount of the device, my thought is that overheating is not a potential problem.

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    Sanne D. 02/08/2013 at 5:20 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, I made my cover yesterday and I love it! I like that it can be fully customized to my taste. I used jeans fabric and added a bowtie and some appliques.

    I had some trouble sewing everything, but that’s because I don’t use the sewing machine much. But the skewness here and there adds to the charm :D

  • 67
    Chica 02/08/2013 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photo, Sanne. Your case looks great! Denim is extra hard to sew with because of it’s thickness, so if you’re an inexperienced sewer, you did great!

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    Cara 02/16/2013 at 7:00 pm


    I made 2 of these for my kids tablets. Thanks for the pattern and for the formula for working out the sizes as we don’t have ipads.
    I am planning to make a cover for my iphone, but was wanted to have a magnet rather than elastic. I’m very new to crafty things (these were my first) and I have no idea about what to use as a magnet and metal for it to stick to. Do you have any suggestions for me?

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    Chica 02/17/2013 at 8:39 am

    So glad you liked our formula, Cara, and kudos for venturing out into new crafts! Before you make a phone case with a magnet in it, you might want to research whether or not having the magnet that close can cause damage or not. I did some quick Googling and can’t find a definitive answer either way. If you do decide to go the magnet route, though, try asking at your local fabric store. The staff there may be able to point you to a nice magnet clasp that would work well.

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    Jackie 02/20/2013 at 12:57 pm

    If I add some soft batting to this project will I have to changed the dimensions and if so , by how much

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    Chica 02/20/2013 at 1:02 pm

    Jackie, it’s hard for me to answer that without trying it myself or knowing how thick your batting is, but my guess is that just making the fabric 1/4″ to 1/2″ wider would be enough. If you try it out, we’d love to hear about your results.

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    Jackie 02/20/2013 at 1:35 pm

    Can you replace the outside elastic with fabic?? or another type of material Thanks!!

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    Chica 02/21/2013 at 6:52 am

    Jackie, if you replace the outside elastic with fabric or something else non-stretchy, then you won’t be able to stretch it over the flap to secure the case shut.

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    Barbara 02/24/2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to make this “great tutorial”. I’m going to add a fleece piece of fabric to cover the screen so it doesn’t get scratch.

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    Avery 02/27/2013 at 11:28 am

    This seems like a pretty basic question, but what size needle did you use for sewing this, given all the layers, elastic, etc.?

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    Chica 02/27/2013 at 6:46 pm

    Avery, I used the default needle that happens to be in my sewing machine, nothing fancy. I didn’t have any trouble sewing through the elastic, but if you are using a particularly thick fabric (denim, leather, etc) you might want to choose a different needle style. I’d ask the experts at your local fabric store for help choosing the right one.

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    Judy 03/06/2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hi. These are really cute ! Did you already answer the question of camera openings on the back ? Thanks

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    Mariana 05/08/2013 at 8:31 pm

    Hi. Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve adapted it to make a cover for a Nook Simple Touch. I used modal and added padding.

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    Chica 05/10/2013 at 7:01 pm

    Nice job, Mariana. Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachelle 05/20/2013 at 10:00 pm

    Gotta say, your instructions were awesome and SUPER easy to follow. My only problems were with my own construction and sewing skills! lol However, it turned out great!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Chica 05/21/2013 at 2:56 pm

    Rochelle, I’m so glad we were able to give you the guidance you needed to create your own cover. Congrats!

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    Kitty 06/11/2013 at 2:45 pm

    What dimension would I need for a mini ipad cover I think it’s smaller then a ipad? Should the cardboard be the same size as the mini and the fabric longer?

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    Chica 06/12/2013 at 12:22 pm

    Kitty, the cardboard should be about 1/4″ inch bigger than the device on all sides so that you have room for it to fit snuggly inside. The fabric should be 1/2″ bigger than the cardboard in order to have enough for your seam allowances. You may want to take a look at our Kindle cover tutorial because it includes a formula you can use to create a cover for any device size, and you can use it to figure out your custom measurements. The only real difference is that the Kindle and iPad covers open in different directions, but you may like the Kindle version better for the smaller iPad Mini anyway!

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    Ayo 08/21/2013 at 8:06 am

    Hiya I live in the uk and was wondering what u used to cut your chipboard and does chipboard have another name? As all the pics I’m seeing of it is not what u have on here pls help. Tanks

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    Chica 08/21/2013 at 5:54 pm

    Ayo, we cut our chipboard with either a paper trimmer or a craft knife and straightedge. I’m not sure if chipboard goes by other names in the UK or not, but you can use any stiff cardboard you can find, or even plastic if you can find some that seems like a good weight. We’ve had readers use the inside of a binder cover or the cover of an old book as the material, too, which works very well.

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    Shawna 10/10/2013 at 11:47 pm

    Hi there. I just made this, well most of it and my ipad doesn’t fit!! I cut all the fabric according to the directions, did I miss something? Are the measurements listed at the top for an ipad or did I goof up somewhere?

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    Chica 10/12/2013 at 2:56 pm

    Shawna, the measurement in this tutorial are for an original model of iPad. This device is approximately 7.5″ wide, 9.5″ tall, and .5″ thick. If you have a later version of iPad (iPad2, iPad Mini, etc), then this cover won’t fit. You can measure your device and adjust the fabric/cardboard measurements in the tutorial accordingly.

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    Penny 10/31/2013 at 10:06 am

    I had to make custom measurements for mine. My iPad was of odd dimensions. I had to make custom measurements for mine so I had to recalculate and make my own templates. I made templates out of a cereal boxes and then used them to cut the Chip board, fabric, and the heat bond. So I made two different size templates. One for the fabric, heatbond & one for the Chipboard. iPad cover is finally finished. Took me over a week to pick it back up. I will say this is NOT a beginner sewing project. I did add a pocket (use a stiffer interfacing) on the inside and used biased tape across the top of the pocket. Then I used Heat Bond fusible fleece interfacing on the backs of all the fabric that was not called for on the original tutorial. The magenta colored elastic that is holding my iPad on the inside and the one inch elastic headband on the front is made from two different size headbands found in hair accessories since it was hard to find colored elastic. This worked out great.

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    Patricia 01/06/2014 at 11:03 pm

    Hi, I just made a couple of these cases for mi ipad. The tutorial is really easy to follow. Thank you sooo much for your help.

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    Sally 01/27/2014 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial! I made this with 3 changes gleaned from the comments section. Instead of chipboard, an old warped self-healing cutting mat was cut up for the stiff interior. An added pocket on the inside will hold a lense cleaning cloth for the screen. Finally, the fabric size was increased by 1/4 inches and cotton batting was sewn onto the wrong side of the fabric. Don’t forget to grade your seams when you do this.

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    Chica 01/28/2014 at 8:16 am

    Sally, I’m glad you enjoyed this project. And thanks to all our other readers who have left such helpful comments for you to glean from :)

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    Vicki 03/15/2014 at 4:44 pm

    Wonderful pattern! Easy to follow. I made mine in 2 hours. I altered it down for a kindle fire because I use mine horizontally. The only thing I found I had to do different was switch #1 and #3 (could be my sewing also). Thank you for taking the time to figure this out and make the pattern free!

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    Amanda 05/09/2014 at 11:44 pm

    I just made one of these for my mother in-law for mother’s day. It turned out great. I used my zipper foot to sew as close to the edge as possible and I think that helped a lot.

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    Ineke 05/26/2014 at 10:58 pm

    Turned out nice, added batting toward the outside for extra protection an d soft touch:)

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    rona hay 11/21/2014 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Chica
    I have a Samsung Tablet and am wondering if you have a similar – or same – pattern I could use to fit mine please?
    Many thanks for a great site !

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    Chica 11/22/2014 at 8:43 pm

    Rona, check out our Kindle cover tutorial and click on the “custom Kindle case formula” link near the top to get a formula for making a case to fit any device.

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    Cheryl 11/29/2014 at 8:22 am

    Has anyone tried to use the mesh type plastic that normally is used to weave yarn or embroidery thru. PlastIc canvas I think it is called? Love the tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing

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    Chica 11/30/2014 at 8:36 am

    Cheryl, I haven’t heard of anyone trying that, but it sounds like it could work. If you try it, let us know how it comes out!

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    Veronica 12/02/2014 at 5:28 pm

    I bought a tablet this weekend and wanted to make a cover for it. Wasn’t sure I would be able to make a stand but would settle for a cover. I came across your tutorial and modified the measurements for my tablet. I’m so excited how perfect this came out. Thank you for posting this tutorial. I got exactly what I wanted, a cover and a stand. I love it!!

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    Irit 12/08/2014 at 1:03 pm

    My husband bought a 10″ tablet with a keypad. Most of the work was translating inches to centimeters (this is how my head works here in Israel….) and then adjusting your measurements to our tablet. Just finished the project and it’s great!!! your instructions are clear, simple and the outcome is lovely.
    The measurements I used in centimeters:
    #1 28 X 18
    #2 28 X 2.5
    #3 28 X 18.6
    #4 28 X 2.5
    #5 28 X 9

    #1 29 X 56.5
    #2 29 X 38.5
    #3 29 X 20.5

    Elastic: 4 pieces of 12.5. 1 piece of 30.5


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    Ardi 12/10/2014 at 5:58 pm

    The power button on my husband’s ipad is in the top right hand corner. Do you have any suggestion on how to place the elastic so that this will not be covered up. This is a major problem with the cover that was purchased for him. I am going to try this project but would like some input on my question before I begin.

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    Chica 12/13/2014 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your metric measurements, Irit. So glad you enjoyed this project!

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    Chica 12/13/2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hmm, that’s a tough one, Ardi. Do you think the tablet would be secure enough if you just left that elastic off entirely and only had three corners with elastic?

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    Angela 12/17/2014 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! I just made covers for both of my boys. They each have iPad2s and the covers came out just fine. I’m sure they will love them for Christmas.

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    Mary 01/01/2015 at 6:43 pm

    How do I allow for the camera lense? I don’t want to cover up the lense with the case. I have an iPad Air and the lense is located in a corner. Any ideas? I still want to take photos while my iPad is in the case.

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    Chica 01/04/2015 at 10:56 am

    Mary, that’s a great question! I guess a notch of some sort is called for. If you figure out a way to make it work, please share with us!

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    Pam 03/01/2015 at 6:23 pm

    Thankyou so much for the pattern and wonderful directions. My IPAD cover had seen better days so I found your tutorial and made one for myself but the chip board I got from the craft store was thin so I ordered some from Amazon and made a cover for my daughter and grandson and they both love them. Also I used interfacing to make them a little more tough for kids

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    Pam 03/26/2015 at 11:44 pm

    This was a great tutorial. I added interfacing and a light batting. It went together really well. Thank you! I want to make another one and incorporate a quilt block.

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    Chica 03/29/2015 at 10:07 am

    Pam, I love the idea of incorporating a quilt block!

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    Keri 06/15/2015 at 3:22 pm

    How did you get the measurements for the fabric? I need to change it to fit my iPad mini. I understand the measurements for the chipboard but not the fabric. Can you explain how you got those measurements? Thank you so much! I am excited to start making this!

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    Chica 06/15/2015 at 7:02 pm

    Keri, we calculated the fabric measurements based on what would be needed for the size of our iPad. If you want to modify the instructions to fit an iPad Mini, you’ll need to adjust accordingly based on the measurements of the Mini. (Ex: if it’s an inch shorter than an iPad, make all the pieces an inch shorter)

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    Tina 06/16/2015 at 5:12 am

    oh wow I can not tell you how pleased I am to have found this tutorial ….. I have a ipad cover which I hate but haven’t been able to find one that I like ….. And now I can make my own …… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU xxxxxxx I love how you have done it all step by step …AWESOME ……. Thank you so much xxxxxx

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    Chica 06/16/2015 at 7:06 am

    Tina, thanks so much for the nice comments! Hope you really enjoy your new cover :)

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    Sharon 06/16/2015 at 12:02 pm

    I love this!!! My question is this: Could I use plastic canvas instead of the clipboard?

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    Chica 06/18/2015 at 7:07 pm

    Sharon, that sounds like it just might work!

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    Sophie 07/31/2015 at 11:23 am

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial. I’ve juste made one for the Samsung Tab for my classroom, I will make another one, it’s easy. Good explanations ! I will show it on my blog later.

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    Sophie 08/03/2015 at 2:45 am
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    Chica 08/04/2015 at 6:28 pm

    Sophie, those look great! Thanks for sharing your results.

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    Elley 08/13/2015 at 9:29 pm

    Planning on making one of these but would like to add a place to store my stylus. I saw one with pockets that might work. but it looked bulky when closed. any thoughts ? Maybe extend the case a little next to the ipad and add an elastic?

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    Sophie 08/14/2015 at 1:16 am

    thnak you Chica ;)

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    Chica 08/17/2015 at 7:16 pm

    Elley, we haven’t tried adding a pocket for a stylus, but it sounds like your ideas are on the right track. Let us know how it goes!

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    Joy 09/13/2015 at 9:39 am

    Your instructions are so good! Clear and easy to follow. I am going to make one for myself and for my husband. Thanks for taking the time!

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    PATRICIA 09/19/2015 at 2:14 am

    Merci pour ces explications qui sont très bien faites.

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    Camilla 01/24/2016 at 3:48 pm

    fantastic instructions :-) really easy to follow. Just made one and Will be putting pics and instructions in swedish on My blogg
    I’ve also changed the measurments to centimeter and millimeter. Keep up this brilliant site !

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    Linda 01/30/2016 at 9:23 am

    Has anyone tried covering an old iPad case?

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    Sylvie 02/01/2016 at 5:48 pm

    Very good instructions. I modified the sizes a little for ipad air 2. Also I put another row of stitching after the last piece of cardboard and folded only the last 1/2 inch inside and sew over by machine so it makes a stopper since I made it with heavy fabric (kind of ultrasuede) Merci beaucoup ! I wish I could send you a photo.

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    Chica 02/04/2016 at 12:57 pm

    Sylvia, thanks for sharing your results. We’d love to see a photo if you want to email it to us at

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    Tracey 02/22/2016 at 4:18 am

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. It was so easy and my cover came out perfect.

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    Janelle 02/28/2016 at 8:17 pm

    I have a 8″ tablet. I adjusted your measurements and used a pretty dish cloth to make my tablet case. A good tip is to use a zipper foot attachment on your seeing machine when stitching in between the chip boards.??

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    Emmy 03/26/2016 at 5:30 pm

    I made this today for my iPad Air. Only had to make a couple adjustments and I used plastic instead of chipboard also added Velcro as well as the elastic for closing and a grommet positioned for the camera lense. Will definetly make more.
    Thinking of a heavy foamie craft sheet instead of the plastic. Would love to see more of your projects.
    Thanks, Emmy

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    Vari 05/05/2016 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial. Just made mine and I’m very happy with it :)

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    Marci 06/23/2016 at 5:07 pm

    I made my first cover a couple years ago. Decided it was time for a new one. Just finished using plastic from a flexible binder and a jeans skirt from Goodwill. Love it!

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    Cee Jay 09/02/2016 at 3:29 pm

    This are ‘the’ best pattern/instructions I have come across to date in regards to making this item, but I will have to adjust the measurements accordingly for my 7 inch tablet and will make a toile before making the actual item (making a toile puts me at my ease because I will know what to do when making up the actual item. Or I should anyway ;-)). Emmy stated in her feedback that she used plastic but didn’t state what sort/type, but I’m going to use plastic art canvas, And Janelle had the brilliant idea of using a zipper foot for sewing between each piece of chipboard/plastic.
    Shame the instructions aren’t available on PDF, but I have bookmarked it.
    Thank you for your time in uploading the pattern and instructions.
    Cee Jay.

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    Ellen 09/05/2016 at 7:39 pm

    I put Steam a Seam on book board (also called Davy board) so that after assembly I could iron the board to the fabric for a more “solid” feel.

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    Chica 09/07/2016 at 12:48 pm

    Cee Jay, thanks for the nice comments about our tutorial!

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    Kris 12/26/2016 at 2:43 pm

    Just made 2 of these. Had to change dimensions for my tablet. Didn’t get the length right on the first one, but made a few changes for the second one. Just saw another tutorial where they used fabric instead of elastic for the corners. Cut a 2″ square, fold wrong sides together into a triangle and sew the raw edges to the small piece.

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    Celina 12/30/2016 at 1:35 am

    Thank you for the wonderful instruction! I made a case for my husband’s Kindle Fire tablet for Christmas. I had to redo the measurements but it came out great!

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    Mona 03/16/2017 at 4:57 pm

    Thx so much. I made 1 today-great!! ?

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    LadyD 05/11/2017 at 12:31 pm

    I plan to adapt the size of this cover for my Kindle Fire, which I bought new last Christmas. I wanted the cover to be washable, so am looking at replacing the chip board with plastic canvas. Would that work?

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    Chica 05/11/2017 at 12:33 pm

    LadyD, that sounds like a good alternative, but I’ve never tried it so I can’t say for sure!

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    Yamuna 09/03/2017 at 2:52 pm

    Chica, your tutorial looks so simple and exciting. I have an iPad Pro which is 12″ by 8.5″. I am confused by the calculations I’m doing. It is 12″ wide. I did make a cover earlier, but would like to try your pattern since it stands up. Could you help me please? I will go looking for the stiff inserts. I have a few pointers from the nice comments. Thanks for any help. Can’t wait to try it out. After that I want to make an iPhone cover to match.

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    Chica 09/05/2017 at 10:58 am

    Yamuna, our measurements are for a device measuring 9.5″ by 7.5″. If your device is 12″ by 8.5″, you need to accommodate that extra 2.5″ of length and 1.5″ of width of the device. I haven’t tested, but I think your measurements would be as follows:

    Cardboard piece #1: 12.5? x 9?
    Cardboard piece #2: 12.5? x 1/2?
    Cardboard piece #3: 12.5? x 9 1/4?
    Cardboard piece #4: 12.5? x 1/2?
    Cardboard piece #5: 12.5? x 5 1/4?
    Fabric piece #1: 13? x 27.5?
    Fabric piece #2: 13? x 18.5?
    Fabric piece #3: 13? x 9.5?

    If this works out for you, please let us know!

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    Yamuna 09/09/2017 at 6:10 am

    Chica, thank you so much. I was hunting for the stiff material for inserts, but have not found them yet. Not a problem, I am going to try these measurements today and let you know how it works. Thanks ? again.

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    Lady D 09/24/2017 at 7:38 pm

    If you need another color of elastic, just use coordinating fabric and cover the elastic!!?

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    Lindy Gibbon 11/20/2017 at 4:36 pm

    This is a fantastic tutorial, exceptionally clear and helpful. Thnak you very much. :)

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    Theresa 11/29/2017 at 9:27 am

    Hi Chica and Jo, This is a pretty cool stand, but it looks different than the picture I clicked on to get here. That picture had fabric corners to hold the tablet rather than the elastic, and that’s what I’m really interested in, but can’t find it on your site. Can you explain to me how you did that?

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    Chica 11/29/2017 at 5:19 pm

    Theresa, we have never done a tablet cover with fabric corners, but we have done a similar Kindle case with a fabric pocket. Is that the one you mean? If not, let us know what picture you clicked on to get here and maybe we can help.

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    Colette 11/29/2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hello! Thank you for this tutorial! I have q Samsung Galaxy Tab that is 9.6″ by 6″. I am having a hard time figuring out the measurement conversions. Could I ask for some help? It will be very much appreciated. Thanks again.

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    Chica 12/01/2017 at 5:36 pm

    Colette, you didn’t mention the thickness of your device, but I can plug your width and height into the formulas and got you almost there… just replace the “T” below with your device thickness and you should be set.

    Chipboard: #1 is 10″ by 6″, #2 and #4 are 10″ by T, #3 is 10″ by 6.25″, and #5 is 10″ by 3″.
    Fabric: #1 is 10.6″ by 18.25″ plus twice T, #2 is 10.6″ by 12.25″ plus twice T, #3 is 10.6″ by 6.5″

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    Becky 12/22/2017 at 2:47 pm

    Reference comment 146. Pinterest has a cover with the fabric corners, but it links to your tutorial. I assume it is one the person made using your instructions.

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    Chica 12/26/2017 at 2:13 pm

    Becky, thanks so much for shedding some light on this! That photo certainly looks like it was made with our tutorial, but we didn’t make it, and aren’t sure who did.

    Theresa, you could fold fabric in half and use it just like the elastic in our tutorial, but honestly, I don’t think I recommend it, because the fabric wouldn’t be stretchy and I don’t think you could get the iPad in and out easily. One alternate idea you could try is to cover elastic with a tube of fabric that has enough play to allow you to stretch the elastic. Hope that helps!

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