How to Sew a Case for Your Mobile Device

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Combine your love of technology with your appreciation for style by  creating eye-catching, reversible covers for each of your electronic  devices.
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.
Choose two lightweight cotton fashion or quilting fabrics and a  medium-loft cotton batting (this makes the finished bag washable).
Combine your love of technology with your appreciation for style by  creating eye-catching, reversible covers for each of your electronic  devices.

Combine your love of technology with your appreciation for style by creating eye-catching, reversible covers for each of your electronic devices.

Photo: Sloan Howard
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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.

Excerpted from Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 5 on sale now!

Supplies: 

1⁄4 yard each of two lightweight cotton fabrics
1⁄4 yard medium-loft
cotton batting
Hand-sewing needle
Paper and pen
Scissors
Sewing machine
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.


4. Make the batting pattern, and cut the piece. Make another pattern that is double the fabric pattern in length less 1⁄2 inch. Cut out the batting using the batting pattern.


Make the cover

Simple techniques make sewing these covers a cinch.

1. Join the outer and lining fabrics. Sew the face and lining, right sides together, along Dimension 2. Press the seam allowances open, and press the joined fabrics flat to form a single-layer rectangle.

2. Pin on the batting. Pin the batting to the wrong side of the outer fabric and lining unit.

3. Sew on the batting. Stitch the batting to the outer fabric and lining unit along the center seam.


4. Sew the outer edges. Fold the fabric/batting unit in half, right sides together, perpendicular to the seam. Sew around the perimeter, leaving an opening for turning the cover right side out.


5.
Finish the cover. First, grade and trim the seam allowance and batting. Then, turn the case right side out and hand-sew the opening closed. Tuck the lining inside the pouch, tack all layers together at the bag's bottom corners, and lightly press the bag flat.

Tip: Sizing up
If you're making the covers as a gift, you can get dimensions for any electronic devices from the manufacturer's website. Just look for the product specifications.

Excerpted from Quick Stuff to Sew Winter 2011, page 28-31. You can purchase the latest issue of SewStylish on newsstands now, or visit our online store.

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Comments (1)

Nightowl90 writes: I am looking forward to trying out this pattern. It will be one way of recycling my husband's old shirts.
Posted: 9:55 pm on September 6th
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