Thursday, November 21, 2013

Twelve Days of Handmade Christmas - Day 2: Felt iPad Cover

The second in our series of Twelve (non-consecutive) Days of Handmade Christmas from The Drapery. Handmade Christmas gifts are thoughtful, cost-effective and kind to the earth. And they're just as rewarding to give as they are to receive.


26 x 45cm piece of thick felt (we used our new 3mm thick 100% pure new wool felt which we have in store in a range of colours)
110cm Twill Tape (also in store)
Cotton thread, sewing machine, pins or clips, scissors.

Our iPad case was made for a tablet measuring 20 x 25cm, so measure yours up to get the right fit. This is such a quick project to make, and the thick wool felt makes the case really quite substantial. The same method with different measurements would make a great phone or camera cover, too.

•  Pin 3cm of the end of the twill tape in the centre of the shortest edge of your felt piece. The rest of the twill tape should be trailing off in the opposite direction to the piece of felt.
• Machine sew the tape to the felt using a cross pattern for extra strength.

• Fold the felt along its longest side to make a tablet-sized wallet, leaving a 5cm section (the part with the twill tape sewn on the outside) at the top for the flap. Pin along the raw edges on both sides. We used these handy little Clover clips to get a really good grip on the thick felt, but long pins will work just fine too.

•  Sew up both sides of the wallet, back-stitching for strength at each end.

 • You might need to gently press along the folded edge to make a convincing crease.

Now just add iPad (ahem, or let the recipient add their own!)

If sewing machines aren't your thing, you could easily hand sew the edges together using a slip- or blanket-stitch with some contrasting Perle cotton. There are so many ways to vary the fastening as well - buttons with ribbon or elastic (or a simple button hole sliced through the felt), or even a velcro strip.

The total cost of this project is just under $17 - we think that makes it both a useful and affordable gift idea.

- Jane & Fiona xx

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