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!
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
- 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
*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.
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Fold the binding strip over to the right side of the fabric.
- Top stitch binding strip in place along folded edge.
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.
- 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.
- Attach binding to the other edge of the zipper the same way that it was attached to the end of the tablet cover.
- 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.
- Fold pocket at seam so that it is right side up on the long rectangle. Stitch the top of the pocket to the cover.
- Fold the cover at the pocket seam line.
- Pin all layers of each side of cover. Sew the sides together, wrong sides together, with a 1/8″ seam allowance.
- 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.
- Tuck under the ends of binding so there are no raw edges.
- Fold binding over to front side of cover and top-stitch in place.
- Sew hair elastic to the middle of the underside of the flap.
- Sew button onto pocket front.
You're done! Enjoy your new quilted tablet cover with 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.