DIY How to make a unique tablet cover tutorial

My youngest daughter asked me to create something for her new HP Surface Pro. I ended up with quite a bit of time to make it so I documented every step. I am finally finished and want to show you how to make a unique tablet cover. You can be creative and make a fancy front and back or be more utilitarian and get it done in a jiffy. At the bottom of this post I have links to how I made the star front and pieced back. Right now, let’s start at the beginning.

Measure your tablet – Her surface pro is 11.5″ by 8.5″ with about 1/3″ of height. Add a half an inch to both for seams. Add at least another half inch for depth. I ended up adding about two inches because of the bulk of my interfacing. I cut my pieces almost 13 by almost 11. It’s easier to make it smaller!


  1. Four pieces of fabric of your needed size.tablet-collage
  2. Two pieces of iron on interfacing of the same size.
  3. Two pieces of Soft and Stable of the same size.
  4. Matching thread
  5. Scraps and a button if you are having a top flap

In the top of the collage you can see my front and back. Above them are the two pieces for the lining.

In the bottom two pictures I experimented to see where I wanted the flap to end up. I choose to have it come over and close on the star front.

Initial steps

  • Cut all pieces.
  • If you are having a top flap add buttonhole and sew it on the back, right sides together.

tablet-collage-2Adding interfacing and Soft and Stable

  • Iron interfacing so it sticks on front and back. I used Wonder Under and then peeled off the paper.
  • Attach Soft and Stable to front and back by ironing it to exposed interfacing.
  • The top picture shows the final ironing, on top of the front. Wonder Under and Soft and Stable are underneath and will now attach.
  • You can sew on the top flap now if you didn’t do it above.
  • These steps are just creating a sturdy cover with some body to it.
  • You can use any interfacing or batting of your choice.

Quilting Outside pieces and sewing fronts to backs


  • Quilt the front and back pieces to add some interest. I also like to think of it as a bit of an insurance policy should the interfacing fail.
  • Sew the two outside pieces right sides together. Sew around twice just to be sure. I used large Clover clips.
  • Sew the two lining pieces together at least once. Leave a gap at the bottom of the lining.

Attaching the lining to the outside pieces


  • Place the lining inside the body of the cover. They should have right sides touching. Make sure the top flap is out of the way.
  • Sew all around the top. You will probably want to sew this twice.
  • Reach down into the bag and find that gap.
  • Pull the bag out through that gap.
  • The bottom photo shows the front coming through the gap.
  • Sew the gap closed on the right side. Press
  • Sew a row of stitching around the top.
  • Avoid the top flap by either making sure it is above the sewing line – right bottom pic.
  • Avoid the flap by clipping it out of the way. Your choice.
  • Press several times.
  • Judge where the top flap buttonhole will meet the front. Mark with pin.
  • Sew the button on the front at the pin.




Sew happy!

Want to see a slightly different photo gallery of another tablet cover? Click here – it shows some steps in more detail.

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I wrote a post on how to create the wonky star, you can click here. I also did a post on how to create the string pieced back, click here.

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