Make an IPad Sleeve from a Thrift Store Shirt

Ipad Cover DIY


I took a sewing class to reacquaint myself with my sewing machine.  I’m no sewing genius, but I  made a beautiful IPad sleeve.


Ipad Cover DIYThe first thing you do is thrift a shirt that you like.  I have been looking for a gray flannel for a long time and happened to find this Ralph Lauren one at my local Goodwill.

I decided to use the front of the shirt so that the pocket could be used to hold my phone and chargers.  The pocket wasn’t exactly straight or centered on the fabric, but perfection has never been important to me!

Ipad Cover DIY

I just lined up my Ipad where I wanted the pocket to be and traced around it with a washable pen.

Ipad Cover DIY

Use your fabric scissors to cut out your template.  Threaten anyone who tries to use them for anything else.  Hide them if you have to!  You will need a front and a back, so I used the back of the shirt for the back.

Ipad Cover DIY

Then I discovered this little snap on the cuff and decided to use it for a snap closure!  Yay!  This was way easier than trying to use some other type of closure.  You just need to cut out the snap and zig zag it to the front of your Ipad sleeve, then make sure you match up the tab on the back.

Ipad Cover DIY

Does this help with the visual?

Ipad Cover DIYI lined each piece with fusible web.  I wanted to give it stability and make sure that the fabric would not scratch the screen.  The fusible web has a soft flannel-like side and the other side has adhesive.

Ipad Cover DIY

Sew the two piece together right sides together around the edges leaving the top open.  Add the snap tab and closure to the top and you are done!

Ipad Cover DIY

It wasn’t hard, I promise!

IMG_0957-002You can use the front pocket for your phone, glasses, and chargers.

Ipad Cover DIY

Give it a try!

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  • Lisa January 16, 2015 at 10:24am

    The last time I used a sewing machine was in 4H. I made brown corduroy overalls, huge, I looked like a bear. hmmmm
    Very cute Dee!

  • Ann January 16, 2015 at 05:06am

    Oh my gosh! Beautiful! It gives me hives thinking about threading a sewing machine needle..or any needle! I made a two piece bathing suit in the 8th grade..not quite a bikini but close! That was 1973!! You would have loved the fabric! Dee..I think you could sell these faster than you could make them..let me know when you go into business. You rock!

  • Susie January 15, 2015 at 02:02am

    Very, very clever…love this, Dee!