Friday, May 26, 2023

Ipad Case

I had every intention of finishing a quilt this month, but the squirrels are active this time of year. Now I do have a quilt top almost finished (three seams to go), so I've done okay, but that project got set aside for an afternoon because after I made the grocery bags, I was in a bag mood and just had to make a protective case for my new Ipad. This new device replaced my Ipad mini that bit the dust awhile back. That one had a nice case and fit in my purse just right. But the new one doesn't fit in my purse. Also, I bought a cheapy vinyl cover for it which doesn't seem highly protective. I use the Ipad mostly at home but thought it needed something more cushy and protective for packing to travel. 

So here's how I made it--

I still had some "batting" aka cut-up blanket from the grocery bag project, so I cut a piece about 11 3/4 by 16 1/4 inches based on the measurement of my pad plus a bit more and seam allowance. 

I layered a piece of fabric of the same size on top and quilted them together with wavy lines. (That fabric is leftover from the backs of two quilts I made a few years ago. I bought it from Bernie of Needle and Foot when she had her Etsy shop, and I remember at the time that it was a shame no one would see the backs since they were wall quilts. So now this fabric has its time to shine.)

For the main part of the case, I folded the quilted piece in half right sides together with short edges matching and sewed along the sides with about 1/2 inch seam allowance. I cut the lining from the same fabric and and sewed it together with about 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Next, I cut "batting" for a flap at 10 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches and another piece of fabric 10 1/2 by 15 inches to make both the outside and lining of the flap. I folded the fabric in half right sides together (short edges matching up), laid the batting on one side, and sewed the side seams with 1/4 inch seam allowance, rounding the corner just a bit at the fold. 

I'm not sure what I'm trying to show here, but I took the photo, so there it is. You can see I also tried to make some notes. but I quit halfway through. Squirrels don't like quilters to stop and take photos or notes. 

After turning the flap right sides out, I topstitched about a quarter inch around leaving the raw edge open as it would be in the seam of the case in the end. Then I quilted the flap with wavy lines.

I popped the outer case into the lining right sides together, inserting the flap between the layers (centering it between the side seams) and sewed around the raw edge leaving enough of an opening along the side without the flap so that I could "birth" the case. After turning the whole thing right side out, I topstitched close to the edge of the opening to close it and then topstitched 1/4 inch around the edge. 

I was going to put some kind of closure (button or velcro) on the flap, but decided to just tuck the flap into the case. It's neat and adds a nice bit of cushion. 

The ipad slips in just right.

This project was so easy--less than an hour start to finish. Maybe just a baby squirrel. And I can report that it went on its first little trip in my suitcase this past week (so we could watch some of our Grands play baseball and volleyball) and stayed cozy and safe. 

I'm linking up this Saturday with Sandra at mmmquilts for DrEAMI (Drop Everything and Make it). 

If we don't keep having beautiful weather for playing in the flowers
and bike riding
(Hey those are squirrels, too!),  I should have another quilt finished soon. Until then, keep chasing whatever squirrels you see at this time of year.

(Just a reminder: I'm not affiliated with any company, so when I mention products, services, or stores I'm just documenting what I used or liked.)