Sunday, January 15, 2012

Electronic Reader-Cover Class

Here is the first project for our class:
Yes there is another one with a slightly different finish; scroll down to see.
Electronic reader, Phone or iPad cover.

Steps 1-4a
1. Firstly you need to measure the size of your electronic device whether it be a phone, reader or tablet.
2. You will need to cut out two fronts which are the size of the device plus 1" in length and 1" in width.
One piece is for the front the other is lining. You may use the same or a contrasting fabric.
3. Cut two backs 2 1/2" longer than the fronts to allow for the turnover.
4. Cut two pieces of pellon. One the same size as the back and one the same size as the front then cut them down by 1/2" in length and 1/2" in width to allow for a 1/4" seam allowance.
4a. Iron the pellon onto the back of one of the fronts and one of the backs.

Steps 5 & 6 (The ruler is only here to hold the fabric down - do not cut here!)
5. Take the two fronts and sew them together along the top with right sides together. This is the top so make sure that if you have a one way design that it is the right way up.
6.Turn it out, press with an iron and topstitch 1/4" from the top.
Steps 7-10
Now you have to sandwich the layers together.
7. Place the back lining on the table right side up.
8. Place the fronts, which are sewn together, on top with the right side up and matching up the bottom edges of all three pieces of fabric.
9. Place the back on top, wrong side up. If this piece has an right way up eg. writing that you want to appear correct when it is folded over the front, then you will need to place it upside-down but still with the right side of the fabric facing down. (I hope this is clear?)
10. Make sure the bottoms of all these layers are aligned.

Step 11
11. I decided at the last minute to round off the edges. If you wish to do this then you can use a cup, as I did or anything else which has an even roundness. Cut the shape and then pin all the bits together.
12. Sew with a 1/4" seam leaving a gap along the bottom of about 3".

Step 14.
13. Clip the rounded edges, if you have any, and the corners carefully
14. Turn it out the right way and gently press all the seams flat. (Oops I turned it out the wrong way but tried again and it was fine - Phew thought I had made a booboo)
15. Fold in and iron the turning seam at the bottom. Topstitch along the bottom from one side to the other using a securing stitch at both ends.
16. You may also topstitch around the flap if you wish.
17. Finish off with a button, as I did or with press-studs or velcro.

VOILA! and Good Job!

Here is the second project
This cover has a folded flap which is just a little more fiddly to do.
Steps 1&2 are the same as for the first project.
Step 3. Cut the backs 1 1/2" longer than the fronts.
Steps 4-6 are the same as for the first project.

Step 9
Step 7.  Place backs right sides together and sew across the top remembering that if one side has an 'up' (which you want to be seen on the fold over) then it has to be sewn upside down to the lining piece.
Step 8. Turn and iron the seam then topstitch 1/4" from top.
Step 9. Place the front section (which is already sewn together) in between the back and the back lining aligning the bottom of all the pieces. If there is an upside down piece for the fold over this should be on the top as shown in the picture above (it is the piece folded back to show you the fronts. Can you see it is upside down?)
Step 10
Now this is the slightly fiddly bit.
Step 10. As shown in the picture above concertina the top of the back down over the front.
Can you see how the back is folded firmly down on top of the front section?
Step 10.
Step 11. Iron these folds so that they are all level with the top of the front then pin them in place.
Step 11
Step 12. Pin the sides and the bottom leaving a gap of about 3" for turning out.
Step 13
Step 13. Stitch down the sides and the bottom corners leaving a 3" gap for turning out. Do NOT sew across the top.
Step 14
Step 14. Clip your corners and turn it out the right way. It took me two turns to get it  but you will be able to see when it is right. You will have a fold-over attached to the back which can easily flip over to the front to stop the device from falling out.
Step 15. Turn the little open section across the bottom in and iron it neatly then sew across with a narrow topstitch making sure that you catch all the layers.
DaDah! Your finished cover.
I hope my instructions have been easy to follow.
Please link me if you make one I would love to see your version.
Happy Sewing everyone!!


  1. Fabulous tutorial, I'm blogging about it tomorrow.

  2. Thanks for this - I have a new iphone so it is just what I need to protect it while out in garden.

    Love Leanne

  3. Great tutorial. The fold over idea is good. Thanks.