iPad holder for the car

This is a better solution for watching content in the iPad on the back seat of the car than the iPad beanbag which turned out to be unfit for a moving car.

Materials

  • ½ yard of fabric
  • fabric scraps for the bias tape
  • middle weight fusible interfacing
Handle pattern

Measurements

Draw the square on to a piece of paper with the following measurements:

  • W 10 ⅝ x H 8 ⅞
Place over the fabric and draw. The piece of paper on the photo is missing the handle pattern which I cut out beforehand.

Place the handle pattern aligned with the square and draw around one side, then place on the other side making sure the lines match and draw around the outside again to make the full shape of the carry case.

There’s no need to draw inside the handle though I did on the picture.

This is the front piece.

Do the same with the back piece.

You should end up with 3 pieces which are the same, one for the front, one for the back and one for the fusible interface and 3 pieces for the frame, one for the lining and one for the outside and one fusible interfacing face for the inside.

Cutting the frame and the inside of the  handle

Make 3 squares in the size below:

  • Width: 10 ⅝
  • Height: 8 ⅞

One is your lining, one is your fusible interface and the last one is the outside piece. Fuse two sides together and stitch around the inside frame using the measurements below (ignore the plastic corners which I added and had to remove before I added the binding).

  • Inside width: 7 ⅞
  • Inside height: 5 ¾
  • Right and left sides of frame are 1 &frac28; wide
  • Bottom side of frame is 1 ¼
  • Top side of frame is slightly wider at 1 ¾

Then cut the inside square ⅛ from the stitching.
Place the handle pattern on the outside piece and draw around it as per picture below.

Fuse the interfacing and place front and back pieces together wrong sides facing together.

Stitch around the drawn line ⅛ from the drawn line.

This time you’re not stitching directly on the drawn line but the line is where you will be cutting.

You have now both pieces done.

Stitch some bias tape to the inside frame. The tape is just a 1 ⅛ strip and it’s not double sided.

Stitch around (this is hard and there are better ways to do this without adding a tape). For instance you could bypass the tape altogether by cutting the frame one quarter of an inch larger and making a seam with it then topstitching it like in this tutorial.

Fold strip of fabric to the other side and handstitch.

Plastic corners

I had a sheets bag lying around and I thought it would be a good idea to add a plastic corner to keep the iPad in place better without the corners being obvious on the screen.

Stitch corners close to the border.

The iPad fits nicely inside.


One final step is missing which I don’t have a photo of.

You need to add some binding to the top of the frame before the frame is stitched to the back piece.

Once the binding is added, pin both sides together as per photo and stitch on 3 sides, right, bottom and left.

Add now binding all around the bag.

Your iPad carrybag for the car is ready.

Place handle through glove box as per photo.

Eyelet for audio cable

Mark the location for the audio output outlet and cut half a circle on the binding and s lightly into the bag as per photo.

The audio should fit in nicely, not too loose not to tight.

Finish with a blanket stitch around the edges to stop the fabric from fraying.

iPad / tablet beanbag

This iPad stand can also be made in plain fabric.

Video: How to make an iPad stand


Or you can make it with the leg of a pair of jeans:

Materials

  • 12 charm squares  (5 inch charm squares)
  • 1 self covered button
  • a stone or something heavy for the inside
  • a piece of cardboard
  • polyfill

Print iPad beanbag cardboard base (optional) -it may need adjustments depending on how you like your ipad beanbag to sit.

Assemble the charm squares as in the photo to make a rectangle.

Fold in half, right side facing together, and pin.

Sew around 2 sides to make make a sac.

Place the sac as per photo with both points placed in the middle.

Pick up the bottom point and pin up with the point reaching the middle seam as per photo.

Sew a button in place as per photo below.

Start filling the beanbag using polyfill. Cut a piece of carboard 4 ½ x 4 ½. Place the cardboard inside at the base of the beanbag and the weight on top. Fill around it.

Fill in the beanbag and pin both sides together on the last charm square seam as per photo.

Stitch along the seam leaving a small opening 2 inches wide on one side to top up the filling before closing it completely.

Fold the left over piece into 4 folds.

Pin it.

Stitch both sides of the tube.

Fill the thin tube with polyfill and then sew the tube closed.

Sit the iPad or e-book reader on it.

Quilted pillowcase with charm squares

Patchwork pillowcase tutorial - charm square sewing - easy project

This pillowcase has two sides to it.

Side 1

  • 12 charm squares (5 x5 inches) – pattern / colour
  • 12 rectangles  7  x 2 ½ inches in white
  • 12 rectangles 5  x 2 ½ inches in white
  • 2 strips 19 ⅞ x 1 ⅞ inches in white (border)
  • 2 strips 29 x 1 inches in white (border)

Side 2

  • 18 squares 2 ½ x 2 ½ (make 4 by cutting a charm square in fours)
  • 15 squares 2 ½ x 2 ½ inches in white
  • 2 strips 4 ½ x 22 ½ inches in white
  • 2 strips 3 ¾ x 14 ½ inches in white (border)
  • 2 strips 3 ⅞ x 29 inches in white (border)

Assembly of side 1

Place charm square as per photo and sew short rectangle first.

Then sew long rectangle as per photo.

After sewing 12 charm squares assemble as per photo below and sew leaving a ¼ seam allowance.

Finish by sewing a border with the white strips left.

Assembly of side 2

Sew alternating patterned and white squares as per photo below.

Then sew two strips between the checks strips.

Finish the side by adding a border with the other white strips left.

Now make a quilt sandwich with each side using calico as your lining fabric.

Quilt both sides together and when finished trim the piece.

Border

The pillow has a border on each side in two different prints.

For each side border, cut 2 rectangles measuring 10 x 4 ¾ and one 1 ½ x 4 ¾ inches.

Sew the rectangles together as per the picture below. Fold in half and press.

Attach to one side of the quilted sandwich.

Do this for each side.

Binding

Sew both quilted pieces together wrong sides facing. The border on each side should be sewn folded in half.

Make a long strip using 5 widths of fabric and fold it in half an iron it. The width of the strip is 2 ¼ inches.

Sew the binding along 3 sides of the pillow.

Then stitch the other side of the binding as you would do with quilt binding.

Make two small tubes (8 x 2 ¼) and pin to the middle of the border. I used contrasting fabrics from the border.

Sew tubes in place and inside of border.

Tie both sides.