These make great gifts, and have been one of the most popular items that I have sold at craft fairs. They are super simple to make & can showcase a great fabric. They are slightly padded to protect your gadget. I took photos as I made one and will show you step by step how to make your own.
Exterior fabric - this is the bit that people see. In these photos I have used an Alexander Henry fabric that initially seems to be a basic camoflage print, until you look closer and realise the shapes are silhouettes of nude ladies.....
Medium fusible interfacing. I use a woven fusible interfacing on the exterior fabric only. This adds rigidity and stability to the end product. If you are using a reasonably sturdy fabric you can probably miss this out.
Interior fabric (fleece is ideal, otherwise I use fabric & fusible fleece or wadding to provide a little padding)
Hair band in a complementary colour. The ones without a metal join are ideal - cut out the metal bits if you get normal hair bands. This makes the closure loop.
1 Button - again to complement or to contrast with your exterior fabric
ALL seam allowances are 1cm
Step 1: find out the size of the thing that you are covering! I have cut out templates for small e-readers, Kindle 3G & Fire (and most 7" tablets) and iPads. If you have the gadget to hand, measure it! If not, the measurements are easily available on the manufacturer's web sites.
Once you have your measurement, add AT LEAST 5 cm to both the width & the height. Cut out 2 rectangles of this size from both the fabrics & the fusible interfacing. If your exterior print is directional, consider how to cut the rectangles so both sides will be right side up. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the exterior fabric.
Attach the hairband to the top short edge of one exterior panel. Fold the panel in half so that both long sides match, fold to find the centre & mark with a pin or disappearing fabric pen. Using a wide zig zag with a very short or zero stitch length, sew the band close to the edge as in the photo above.
With Right sides together, attach the top short edges of an exterior & a lining panel. Pin and sew 1 cm in from the edge. Iron, pressing the seam allowances to either side. Repeat with the other panels.
Edge stitch either side of the seam to secure the edges.
Attach the button to the exterior panel that does not have the elastic band attached. Find the centre line as before. Decide on how far down to place the button by holding the folded panels together, exterior panels out. Fold the band over the front panel and attach the button at the level of the bottom of the loop.
Open the panels out and pin together with wrong sides out. Leaving a gap at the base of the lining panels, sew around the outside of the panels as shown. Cut diagonally across the corners being careful not the cut the stitches. This reduces bulk. Trim the edges to around 0.5 cm.
If you are using a very heavy or thick fabric (like velvet or cord) it can be easier to round the corners. To do this, draw around a cup for a nice round line, sew along that line then clip into the seam allowance approx every cm.
Turn the cover right side out by pulling it through the opening in the base. Poke the corners out using a chop stick or similar sticky thing. Sew the base shut carefully by hand of machine. Push the lining into the exterior and.....
admire your cover!
Hope you enjoy making your tech covers. I would love to see photos of any you make xx