iPad accessories: 6 free sewing tutorials


I have now made 6 iPad accessories for my 2 iPads. Most of them are easy and quick to make.  Most tutorials can be adapted to e-book or ipod sizes.

Just in case you missed the tutorials here they are again:

iPad stand

This is the second stand or iPad beanbag I made. Useful when you need to use the iPad for long periods of time.

iPad carry bag

When you want to take your iPad with you.

iPad holder for the car

This iPad holder can equally be placed on the headrest of a car.

Patchwork iPad beanbag

I use my iPad stands for reading mostly but they´re useful to watch movies or for when you are following a recipe.

iPad slipcover with wrap around pocket and iPad slipcase with pocket

Choose your design. The first one opens on the side and the second one through the top.

Quilted tea cozies round up


Tea cozies are quick to make and they are great gifts for any occasion.

Here you have three different tutorials to make 3 quilted tea cozies which have been embellished in quite different ways using embroidery, felt shapes, ribbon and a matching border for the floral quilted cozy.

Small projects like these ones will allow you to improve your skills such as free motion quilting or embroidery without overwhelming you.

  1. Embroidered fabric tea cozy tutorial.
    The fabric in this tea cozy has been embroidered though it is not noticeable in the small picture. Also the petals on the top are a nice touch to the cozy.
  2. Felt embellished tea cozy tutorial.
    Use store bought die cuts to make this tea cozy. Attach the die cuts using some simple embroidery stitches or buttons.
  3. Floral quilted cozy.
    Add a matching border and some ribbon to embellish this very simple cozy.

Groovy heart potholder


This fabric manipulation is one I left out of my Textured quilt sampler series of tutorials.

Here is a closeup that shows both layers of fabric that have been cut.


  • fabric scraps in reds and pinks
  • batting


Heart shape: Love is the answer whatever the question appliqué (pdf). I’m reusing the heart pattern from “Love is the answer” hot water bottle tutorial.


  • One 10 inch backing fabric square
  • One 8 inch fabric square for the appliqué
  • Three 7 3/4 inch fabric squares for the texture and background fabric
  • One 8 1/4 inch  batting square

Place the backing fabric on the mat, then add the batting piecer and then place the first of the 3 pink squares in the same size from lighter to darker pink.

Align well with the previous square.

Add the last square.

Now draw diagonal lines starting from the centre at 5/8 inches intervals.

Use a pen that will self erase.

Now pin all layers together.

Stitch along the lines using matching thread. I choose to use light pink.

The stitching is done.

Take a pair of scissors and making sure you only pick up the last two layers, start cutting through the middle of each section as per picture.

Make sure your cutting line is straight.

The texture is done. You can now just “comb” the texture to the sides vigourously to lift it up.

You can use a bit of steam from your machine and your hand to raise the texture more.

Heart layer

Now let’s do the heart layer.

Download and cut out the shape. Pin to the centre of the top square.

Cut out the shape.

Whether you choose to use the more raised texture.

Or the flatter one, place the heart piece on top of the texture and pin.

With a pair of scissors make some small cuts around the curves.

Just a tiny cut.

Now turn fabric inside and baste around the heart. Use a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Top stitch around the heart shape.

The heart is done.

The binding will be done by machine following the method described in my binding by machine tutorial.

Top stitch the binding.

The potholder is done!

And here you have some closeup of the texture.

It works well with 2 layers but a third one would have worked well too.

Another closeup.