Sew a Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket

Hi everyone!  This is Jann Newton from Newton Custom Interiors with a tutorial for a cute tablet cover with a zippered pocket for earbuds and/or charger!

How to make a custom quilted tech/tablet cover with pocket for your earbuds or charger.  Nice idea to have the zippered pocket.

Tablets or readers have become very popular in the past few years, but most of them don’t come with a cover to protect them.  I love my Nook reader, and I decided that I wanted to create a cover to protect it, and wanted to add a zippered pocket for my earbuds.

Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket

Materials –

  • 3/4 yards of a reversible quilted fabric – a thin layer of batting is sandwiched between two different fabrics and then quilted.  (I couldn’t find a quilted fabric that I liked in my local fabric stores, so I bought two different fabrics – 3/4 yards of each – and quilted them myself).  Here’s a picture of the 2 fabrics with the batting in between.


  • 1 yard of coordinating fabric for binding strips (optional – use pre-made bias tape, extra wide double fold if you don’t want to make the binding)
  • 1 button
  • 1 hair elastic
  • Thread to match bias fabric
  • 9″ zipper

Instructions – 

*These figures are to make a cover for my Nook, which is 5″ wide x 8″ long.  You will need to measure your tablet or reader, and adjust your measurements accordingly.


  •  Cut a rectangle of fabric that is 1 1/2″ wider than your tablet, and double the length of your tablet plus 4″.  Since my Nook is 5″ wide x 8″ long, I cut my rectangle at 6 1/2″ wide x 20″ long.

long rectangle

  •  Round the corners at one end of the rectangle.  I used a spool of thread to mark the curves.


Bias binding or bias tape – (If you’re using pre-made bias tape, you can skip these next steps.  Just apply the bias tape in the normal way, encasing the raw edge of the fabric or zipper on both the front and back sides, and top-stitching in place.)

I wanted to use a coordinating fabric for my binding, but I wasn’t sure what was the best way to make it.  One day I was watching a Craftsy sewing class taught by Annie Unrein – Sew Sturdy:  Home Organizers, and was thrilled to see that she taught a technique for making bias binding.

  • For this tablet cover you will need to cut 2 strips of the coordinating fabric.  One will be for straight end of the rectangle and the other for the the top of the zippered pocket.  They should be cut the width measurement of the cover x 2″.  I did not cut these on the bias.

banding strips

  •  I also cut a 35″ strip on the bias for the binding that will go all around the edges of the cover in a later step.

bias banding

I’m going to show  the steps to add the binding strip to the straight end of the rectangle.  You will use these same steps to apply the strip at the top of the pocket and the bias strip for around the whole cover.

  • Fold strip in half lengthwise.  Don’t iron fold, just pin.  This was a good tip from the Craftsy class, if you don’t make an ironed crease in the fabric, then you can adjust the binding if you need to and the crease won’t be in the wrong place.

pinned strips

  •  To apply the binding strips, sew the strip to the wrong side of the fabric using a 1/4″ seam allowance, raw edges of the binding strip along the raw edge of tablet cover rectangle.

binding strip sewn

  •  Fold the binding strip over to the right side of the fabric.

strip folded over

  •  Top stitch binding strip in place along folded edge.

binding top stitched

Pocket –

Annie Unrein’s Craftsy class also included a lesson for adding a zippered pocket to a bag.  It was the perfect solution to adding a zippered pocket to this tablet cover.

  • Cut out a piece of fabric for the pocket that is the same width as your long rectangle and 1 3/4″ less than the length of your tablet.  My pocket was cut at 6 1/2″ wide x 6 3/4″ long (8″ long minus 1 3/4″).


  • Lay your zipper face side down on the right side of the top of the pocket fabric.  You can let extra length of the zipper hang over on each end, it will be cut off later.  The long edge of the zipper should slightly hang over the fabric.


  •  Sew the side of the zipper closest to the edge of fabric – 1/4″ away from edge of zipper.

sewing zipper

  • Fold fabric so that the zipper is face side up.  Turn fabric and zipper over to back side.  Sew along the edge of the zipper on the back side –  encasing the raw edge of fabric.

zipper back

  •  Attach binding to the other edge of the zipper the same way that it was attached to the end of the tablet cover.

binding on zipper

  •  Lay the pocket on the cover rectangle, with right sides together, with the bottom edge of the pocket the length of your tablet minus 1/4″.  Sew pocket to the long rectangle 1/4″ from the raw edge of the pocket.

sewing pocket

  •  Fold pocket at seam so that it is right side up on the long rectangle.  Stitch the top of the pocket to the cover.

pocket folded and sewn

  •  Fold the cover at the pocket seam line.

cover folded

  •  Pin all layers of each side of cover.  Sew the sides together, wrong sides together, with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

sides seams

  •  Sew binding around the cover on the back side, following the binding instructions above.  Turn under the ends of binding so there are no raw edges.

binding on back side

  • Tuck under the ends of binding so there are no raw edges.

raw edges tucked

  • Fold binding over to front side of cover and top-stitch in place.

binding on face of cover

  •  Sew hair elastic to the middle of the underside of the flap.

hair elastic

  • Sew button onto pocket front.


You’re done!  Enjoy your new quilted tablet cover with pocket!

How to make a custom quilted tech/tablet cover with pocket for your earbuds or charger.  Nice idea to have the zippered pocket.

If your charger for your tablet or reader is not too large, it may fit in the pocket too.  You could always make your cover a bit wider to make extra room for the charger.

If you don’t need a pocket for your cover, I’ve also made a cover for my Kindle reader that doesn’t have a zippered pocket.

Kindle tablet cover


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Hi!  I'm Jann Newton, and I blog about home decor, sewing tutorials and DIY projects at Newton Custom Interiors.

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29 Responses to Sew a Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket

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  2. Jaime says:

    Just finished one of these last night. First time making quilted fabric, also first time to make bias tape–which by the way I loved. I made my bag for a friend to hold her coloring book/colored pencils, so I enlarged the size a bit. It came out nice, though as with anything, I have learned from my mistakes:-)

  3. mom929 says:

    I’m a little in love with the fabrics you used. Where are they from and where can I get them?

  4. Carol at Paddysgear says:

    Thanks Jann, really good tutorial. Just made one for my husband’s new “toy” & he’s thrilled with it.

  5. Sewing Shop says:

    This is a really nice tablet cover, I love the useful pocket! Thanks for explaining this tutorial so well, the pictures also make it very clear.
    I featured the tutorial on my blog, click here to see it.

  6. Great idea to have room for cable and charger in the one case. Fabulous design, Jann!!!

  7. I’m a NEWBIE here, how did you “quilt” your fabric at the very beginning?

    • You can usually buy pre-quilted fabric at your local store, or somewhere like a JoAnn. If not, then yes you would pre-quilt the fabric before cutting out the pieces you need, because it will shrink up a little as part of the quilting process.

      • Do you have a tutorial on how your quilt your fabric?

        • Not directly, but its pretty easy. You can add a fleece or a low loft batting between two pieces of cotton, smooth it out and add some pins to keep things in place. Make sure the fabric is facing right sides out top and bottom. Then draw a line somewhere down the center and sew through all the layers on that line. Then you can either measure and mark your next line, or you can use your presser foot as a guide. Sometimes they also come with a guide you can slide in which keeps your lines even. Work out a line at a time from the center in each direction, smoothing the fabric flat as you go. Once you’ve done one way, switch around and draw a center diagonal line to make a diamond pattern and work out from that line again until all your fabric is quilted. Then you cut the quilted fabric into the pieces you need. Hope that helps.

          • Deby, thanks for answering this! Yes, that’s how I quilted the fabric. It was not intentional when I bought the fabric for the inside of the case, but I ended up being able to use the diamond pattern in the fabric as a guide. Pinned all the layers together, and then started in the center rows working out to each side both directions.

  8. Anne says:

    Great tablet cover! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:

  9. Laura says:

    Awesome Jann! and as usual I love your fabric choices!! Pinning!!

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