Sew iPad Case Tutorial

Sew an iPad case with this tutorial - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Guys and their gadgets – it’s hard to separate the two, isn’t it? And while I’ve seen quite a few ways to sew iPad cases, most of them are things I would love but not ones that my husband would carry. Plus I wanted a book style cover for the iPad we share, so this is what I came up with.

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Leather, vinyl, pleather or oilcloth for the outside of the cover
  • Fabric for the inside of the case
  • 3/8″ wide elastic to hold the tablet
  • A button
  • 1/4″ wide elastic to go around the button

To start, lay your tablet on the cardboard and trace around it. You want the cardboard to be just a teeny bit bigger all around than the tablet.

Trace your tablet - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Once you have the back cover cut, use it to help you cut the rest of the pieces to the same length. The “spine” of the case should be 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide, and the piece that will be the base when the tablet is standing should be 1 1/2 inches wide and then the other front piece should be the rest of the tablet width minus 1/4″.

Step 1 - cut cardboard for your Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Lay your cardboard out on the wrong side of your leather, spacing the pieces about 1/4″ apart. Trace around the outside of the cardboard on your leather, adding about 1/4″. Need some tips for cutting and sewing leather? Check this post.

Step 2 - cut leather (or vinyl, pleater, etc) Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Sew your button onto the leather, making sure it is 3/4″ away from the edge.

Step 3 Sew button - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Use the leather piece as a guide for cutting your lining fabric, but make sure to add 1/2″ all around on your fabric.

Step 4 - cut fabric - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Baste a line around the edge of your fabric using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Crease the fabric down the center, so you can see where the spine will go. Then cut 4 pieces of the 3/8″ elastic that are about 4 inches long. Use your tablet as a guide and place them across each corner. Pin the elastic.

Step 5 - place elastic - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Make a piece of binding for the center of the lining by cutting a strip of fabric the same height as the lining fabric and 1 inch wide. Press the two long raw edges to the wrong side 1/4″, so you have a 1/2″ strip of fabric with folded edges.

Step 6 - Make center binding - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Place the binding strip down the center of the lining fabric, over the elastic. Trim the elastic if necessary to make sure it doesn’t stick out beyond the binding. Sew the binding in place. Stitch the other edges of the elastic to the fabric.

Step 6 - sew center binding - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Press the edges of the fabric toward the wrong side on the stitching line you basted earlier. Place the lining and the leather wrong sides together.

Step 7 - Press seam allowances, place fabric & leather wrong sides together - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Place a small loop of elastic (enough to go around the button) between the leather and the lining fabric on the edge without the button. Topstitch the leather and lining together down the two long sides and the side without the button, stitching very close to the edge.

STep 8 - insert loop of elastic for button,  then sew 3 edges closed - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Slide the largest piece of leather into the the fabric.

Step 9 - insert first piece of cardboard and stitch in place - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Stitch right next to the edge of the cardboard to hold it in place. I found it helpful to switch to a zipper foot for this and press the edge of the foot against the edge of the cardboard.

Tip for stitching between cardboard - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

Slide in the spine  cardboard, then stitch, then slide in the next piece of cardboard, stitch, repeat. The last piece you insert will be the most difficult to stitch, as you will need to stitch right next to the button to finish.


Step 10 - continue inserting cardboard and stitching in place - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by


When you’re done, your cover will look like this, and you can insert your tablet under the elastic which will hold it in place.

Finished iPad cover - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by

The elastic loop around the button will hold the case closed.

Sew a tablet case - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by


To stand the case up, you’ll prop it like this.

Standing tablet case how to - Book Style iPad Case Tutorial by


Great gift for guys - leather iPad tablet cover

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  1. says

    Wow! It looks like it took some time and effort to figure this out but well worth it! How great to be able to have a customized case. Thanks for sharing instructions in such great detail.

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