Project Design Team Wednesday~ Padded Gadget Cover

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year, friends!

It’s Char here from Crap I’ve Made and I’m excited to kick off 2013’s Project Design Team tutorials!

Did Santa bring you a new gadget for Christmas? You know, an iPad/Kindle/Nook/tablet/whateverthecraptheycallthem?

Are you worried about it getting scratched up in your purse? (Maybe you’re not because your purse isn’t as scary as mine?)

This super quick and easy project will keep your gadget safe when you’re on the go.

Padded Gadget Cover


Supplies: Exterior fabric (I used some Millie’s Closet by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet) Lining/Interior fabric (I used some Polka Dot Stitches by Lori Hold of Bee In My Bonnet) Fusible fleece Optional: Hair elastic Button

To determine what size to cut your fabric:

Measure your gadget. Wrap your tape measure all the way around (to account for the thickness of the gadget).


Mine was 15” one way and 19.25” the other way.

Divide those measurements in half. So, in my example, we have 7.5” and 9.75”-ish. (You can get more technical and go with 9 5/8”, but just rounding to 9.75” is WAY easier.) Add 2” to your half the width measurement (7.5” + 2” = 9.5”) and 1.75” to your half the height measurement (9.75” + 1.75” = 11.5”).

Cut 2 each of your exterior and lining fabrics this size (9.5” X 11.5” in my example).

To determine what size to cut your fusible fleece:

Subtract 1” from both fabric measurements (8.5” X 10.5” in my example). This keeps the fleece out of your seam allowances to minimize bulk.



***all seams are 1/2” unless otherwise indicated***

Fuse your fleece to the wrong side of your exterior fabric pieces following the manufacturer’s instructions.


Put right sides together and sew around 3 sides, leaving top edge open.

Put lining pieces right sides together and sew around 3 sides, leaving top edge open AND leaving a 3-4” opening in the bottom for turning.


Clip corners.


Turn the lining right side out.


Insert it into the exterior piece so that right sides are facing.


Match up seams and pin along top edge.


Insert a hair elastic at the center of one top edge. Find the part where the ends of the elastic were “melted” together.

Photo11 Right there on the left by the number 9

Put that part inside your seam.


Put pins on either side of it so that it doesn’t move around.

Assembly (cont.):

Stitch around top edge of case.


Turn case right side out through hole in bottom of lining.


Poke corners of exterior fabric out.


Stitch hole in lining closed.



Push lining inside of exterior fabric and press along top edge.


Top stitch.


If you used the hair elastic, attach a button for the elastic to wrap around.



And your gadget will be perfectly protected in your purse.



Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. That's so kool...using the hair elastic.
    by LindaBee
    January 02nd, 2013 at 4:04 a.m.
  2. Great tutorial! Very timely, too, since I was just looking for patterns or instructions on making a sleeve for my new Kindle. Just need the fusible fleece and I can get started!
    by Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    January 02nd, 2013 at 6:06 a.m.
  3. This is just what I need! Thanks for the cute pattern. Is there a Printer Friendly view?
    by Jacqueline
    January 02nd, 2013 at 6:38 a.m.
  4. I will be making this immediately! I'm worried I'll destroy my new iPad mini without it! Thanks for another awesome tutorial Char!!!
    by Denise
    January 11th, 2013 at 7:24 a.m.
  5. Lovely clear instructions, and a great design. Guess that's why you have this great blogg, and all I can do is copy your stuff. Thank you for putting it on line.
    by Christine
    January 12th, 2013 at 1:22 a.m.
  6. This is the only tutorial for a gadget case that I've been able to understand! So glad I can finally make a cover for my mum's Christmas pressie. Also very glad for the instructions on how to measure the gadget, thanks.
    by Paige
    September 18th, 2013 at 11:42 a.m.
  7. I used quilted fabric for the lining and eliminated the fusible fleece.
    by Willa Jo
    March 07th, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.
  8. I made this today. It was nice and easy for even someone like me, don't usually sew. I followed the instruction and measured my tablet but the end product was too big.... I wonder what I did wrong.
    by Ayako
    April 20th, 2015 at 1:26 a.m.
  9. Love, love, love this post. Thank you for sharing!! I made these for my toddlers leap pads for when we travel, I just added some small straps so it's easier for them to carry! Thanks again!
    by Kelly
    July 09th, 2015 at 6:29 p.m.

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