Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Smart and Simple Tablet Cover Tutorial

For Christmas, my husband got a tablet - but no accessories with it - and no cover.  Now, he's not a big fan of things I make with pretty and fancy material, but he did let me make him a plain smart cover for his tablet!
Perhaps you, or someone you know, got a tablet for Christmas - or maybe in the sales?
Here's a tutorial to make a smart and simple case with whatever fabric you like!!
(note: tablets vary in size and thickness.
My husbands is an Acer and measures 18 x 26cm (7 x 10.25").
The 2 pieces of fabric I cut were 24 x 65cm ( 9.5 x 25.5")

You could use these measurements if you like - or follow these instructions to measure your tablet and customise your case a little more!)

First choose your materials. I used a tough black vinyl for the outside, and a soft fleece for the inside.  Plus some sew in velcro for the fastening.

Measure your tablet across the width and add 2 cm (0.75") for the seams,

Then cut the velcro to a little wider than the tablet width, lie it across the top and measure the length including the velcro.  Double this measurement and again add 2 cm (0.75") for seam allowance.

Cut a rectangle from both your inner and outer fabric using your measurements:

Now lay one side of your velcro at each end of the inside fabric (on the right side of the fabric) leaving a gap of 1.5 cm (0.5") to the edge. Stitch securely into place.

Now take both the inner and outer fabric and fold them in half lengthways, right sides together like this, and pin:

Stitch down the sides using a 3/8" seam. Leave an opening of around 10 cm (4") in one side of the inner fabric. You will need this to turn the case right sides out when you put both pieces together!

Now turn the outer fabric pocket right side out and push it inside the inner fabric pocket like this:

Pin the openings together, matching up the side seams:

Then stitch all the way around using a 3/8" seam:

Now turn the case right sides out through the gap you left in the side of the inside fabric:

Then handstitch the opening closed.

Push the inner fabric into the case and you're done!

Slip your tablet inside, seal with the velcro and you're ready to go!

For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
There are over 100 free tutorials for all levels of sewing ability on My Tutorials Page


  1. A great electronic gadget cover for a man, Jill. None of the males in my family like pretty fabric. This fabric looks like it may be hard to sew, due to the thickness and the fact that it may be slippery. It doesn't look like you had any problems, though.

  2. Forgot to say... Great tutorial as always; clear and easy to follow.

    1. Hi Jill, I've featured your fabulous tutorial in a roundup of electronic gadget covers...

    2. Thanks so much Pam - hopping over now to take a look!

  3. Perfect for a guy. Great job lady!

  4. Love this...so much nicer than the ones you buy! I am pinning this and hope to get one made soon! Happy New Year!

  5. Jill, you did a great job of putting this together. I agree, it looks way better than the ones you buy. What a lucky guy your hubby is!

  6. Hey Jill. My name is Sarah, I just started following your wonderful blog, I found you on Wednesday Social Bzz. This is a great tutorial. I'm really into crafts and handmade stuff, and have really enjoyed my visit. I will definitely be back often. You are more than welcome to stop by and if you would like feel free to follow back.



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