How to Sew a Case for Your Mobile Devicecomments (11) September 21st, 2012
Combine your love of technology with your appreciation for style by creating eye-catching, reversible covers for each of your electronic devices, such as iPods, iPhones, and Kindles. These covers are not just for looks: Their soft padding will protect your investments from damage caused by tough tumbles in your handbag or backpack.
To make each cover, you'll choose two great fabrics, make a pattern based on the size of your device, cut the materials, and finally, sew. You're just a few steps away from a new home for your electronics.
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1⁄4 yard each of two lightweight cotton fabrics
1⁄4 yard medium-loft
Paper and pen
Thread to match cotton fabrics
Draft and cut the pattern
The covers below are sized to fit an iPod or a Kindle, but you can alter the pattern to fit any device you'd like by following these steps.
1. Choose the fabric. Choose two lightweight cotton fashion or quilting fabrics and a medium-loft cotton batting (this makes the finished bag washable). Prewash the fabric, then iron it.
2. Measure the device. Take your device's length, width, and depth measurements. Here, the larger cover fits a Kindle at 8 inches long, a little less than 5 1⁄2 inches wide, and just under 1⁄2-inch deep. The smaller cover was designed to fit an iPod Touch at 4 1⁄2 inches long, a little less than 2 1⁄2 inches wide, and just under 1⁄2 inch deep.
3. Make the pattern and cut the fabric pieces. Combine the width and depth of your device and double that figure. Make a rectangular pattern this width by the original length of your device. Add 1⁄2 inch to the width and 1 inch to the length for ease. Next, add a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance to all sides of both patterns. Following the pattern, cut one of lining and one of outer fabric.
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