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!
- Four pieces of fabric of your needed size.
- Two pieces of iron on interfacing of the same size.
- Two pieces of Soft and Stable of the same size.
- Matching thread
- 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.
- Cut all pieces.
- If you are having a top flap add buttonhole and sew it on the back, right sides together.
- 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.
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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