Maybe Matilda: iPad Book-Style Case

Monday, May 14, 2012

iPad Book-Style Case

My sweet mama loooves her iPad (and in her typical sweet grandma fashion, loves her grandson even more and lets him smudge it up with peanut butter fingerprints), but didn’t love the case she used with it quite as much. She had mentioned that she would really prefer a book-style iPad case that folds open and closed rather than the zip-top pouch case she had. Easy enough!

So I sewed her a book-style iPad case for Mothers Day—I used this tutorial from Made it on Monday to sew up the cover, and it was exactly what I needed. I think it came out pretty darn cute, if I may say so myself!

The elastic around the button keeps it closed when not in use, and elastic tabs on the inside hold the iPad in place. It’s nice and sturdy since it uses a composition notebook cover between the fabric layers, which is exactly the right size:

(My mom wants to make sure you all know that the iPad looks disgusting because she let Forrest play with it right before I took pictures. Shame on Forrest.)

I followed Jill’s instructions and only made a few modifications—obviously, I did the ruffle on my mom’s case differently than the tutorial shows. To do my ruffle, I just cut a big long piece of pink fabric (probably something like 30” long and 4” wide . . . I didn’t measure) and ruffled it along both long sides by sewing a long, loose stitch and gathering until it was the same length as the piece of fabric used for the outer cover. Then I sliced my outer cover piece roughly where I wanted the ruffle to go, and sewed in the ruffle, right sides together, then trimmed down the entire outer piece to make sure it was the correct size.

I also added fusible fleece interfacing to all the fabric pieces, inside and out, so that it would be sturdy and cushy . . . now it has a sturdy build (from the composition notebook cover in the middle), and it’s padded inside and out thanks to the fleece interfacing.

If I were to make it again, I think I might add a pocket to the inner left side to hold little notes or cards or whatever . . . but then again, I don't own an iPad, so I have no idea how useful that would actually be.

If you’re looking for a tutorial to make a case like this, check out Jill’s instructions!


  1. That turned out so great! I love that you used the fusible fleece... that was one thing I wasn't happy with about mine since the fabric pulled so much. And your mom's iPad looks just like mine! Love those little finger prints ;)

  2. This is fancy! I attempted to make a flap closing one for Nate. Let's just say that it turned out less than fancy.

  3. I should make one of these for my mom---Simon and Grace are always dragging her iPad around and fighting over it (too bad there parents don't have one) and it drives her crazy that they get all fingerprinty too!

  4. Why didn't you ask me to make it for you for your mom? I totally would have done it. ;)

    It turned out great! A perfect Mother's Day gift!

  5. That is CUTE! And I would totally add the pocket. :)

  6. So cute! I am making one for my Kindle as soon as school gets out! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  7. I love it! And the pocket idea is great...will be fabric shopping this weekend!!

  8. Last Christmas, I made a Bible case for my fiance from scratch using old clothes. I really wish I had this tutorial!! It would have made things so much easier!! haha Thanks for sharing this, I'll keep it in reference ;)

  9. If you would have done this in February it would have saved my life in making an ipad case for my mom! Unfortunately, she got something not nearly as pretty. She must love it, though, because she was still using it the last time I saw her. Or maybe she feels bad not using something I made for her...

  10. Absolutely love the case! Very nice fabric

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