Tablet Case

by Sabrina Alery

Create your own custom fabric tablet case using craft inks, stamps and stencils.

Supplies

  • White or light colored cotton fabric
  • Felt
  • Fabric inks (Colorbox® Crafter’s Ink used here in Sweet Pea, Aquamarine, Wave, Limelight, Fire, Desert Sand)
  • Stencil (Colorbox® Art Screen used here in Rounded)
  • Dauber tools or sponges (Colorbox® Art Daubers used here)
  • Q-tips
  • Fabric glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue used here)
  • Button
  • Needle and thread
  • 4" of elastic cord or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Binder clips or sewing pins
  • Painter’s tape or washi tape
  • Iron or heat tool
  • Paper towel and baby wipes
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Measure your tablet. Cut the felt 1 1/2" wider than the tablet. Double the length measurement and add 2".

    Cut the fabric 1/2" larger than the felt.

    EXAMPLE:
    For a tablet 7" wide x 4" high, cut the felt to 8 1/2" x 10". Cut the fabric to 9" x 10 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Position a stencil on the top center edge of the fabric, and begin applying ink in a gentle dab-and-twist motion using sponge daubers. Start with the color you would like to be highlighted on the case.

  3. Step 3

    Continue adding colors, spreading them out across the piece for a nice balance.

  4. TIP:
    You may need to use a cotton swab to fill in any small areas for which the dauber is too large.

  5. Step 4

    Tape down the stencil directly below the patterned fabric. The ink remaining on the stencil will serve as a color template as you fill in the second round of fabric ink.

    NOTE:
    Be sure to wipe up any ink on your fingertips as you work.

  6. Step 5

    To finish up the fabric, move and retape the stencil in any areas that are still uninked. Continue to use the same colors left on the stencil to create a cohesive pattern.

  7. Step 6

    When the fabric is complete, the ink needs to be heat set to become permanent and water resistant. Hold down a hot iron for 10 seconds on each section of the fabric. Place a paper towel or pressing cloth between the fabric and iron to keep ink from transferring onto the iron.

    You can also use a heat tool, but expect some smoking while the ink sets.

  8. Step 7

    Turn the patterned fabric over and center the felt in the middle. Apply a line of fabric glue around the entire edge.

  9. Step 8

    Fold up the edges of the fabric and secure with a clip or stick pin. Allow to dry completely according to the instructions from the glue manufacturer.

  10. Step 9

    Pin the elastic cord on the center edge of the fabric.

  11. Step 10

    Sew along the edge of the fabric to reinforce the glue. Stitch over the cord many times to keep it secured. Repeat stitching on opposite side.

    NOTE:
    If you do not own a sewing machine, hand stitch the cord in place, but you do not need to add the top stitching.

  12. Step 11

    Line up the button near the center edge, on the side of fabric opposite the cord. Hand stitch in place.

  13. Step 12

    Fold the case together as it will be when completed. Clip the edges together and sew along the edges to secure, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.

    NOTE:
    If you do not own a sewing machine, hand stitch the edges together. You could even use a decorative stitch like the blanket stitch.

  14. Step 13

    Slip the tablet inside to be certain that it fits.

  15. Step 14

    Secure the cord and button closure. The tablet case is ready to be used on the go or given as gift.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tablet Case. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Super cute tutorial! Love the vivid colors!
lori  |  Tue Mar 29, 2016 at 2:47 PM
Thanks for the tutorial Sabrina!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 6:20 AM
This is adorable . . . and could also be used to make a case for my beloved MISTI! Thank you for sharing!
Kim Bradfield  |  Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 6:59 AM
Sabrina, welcome to SCS, and what a fabulous case for your daughter's tablet! I love it, and I loved your video and your visual step-out above too! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 9:19 AM
This is adorable!
lydia  |  Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 9:28 AM
Kim, I made one for my Mini MISTI - it's in the gallery!
dina  |  Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 10:44 AM
I planned to do mine today but got sidelined. Plus I found I didn't have the felt I thought I had. Going out tomorrow and will pick up the rest of supplies!
muscrat  |  Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 6:24 PM
Very pretty!!! Thanks for sharing this! I wonder if regular color box pigment ink work? Especially since it's not being laundered.
Maria Geary  |  Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 6:57 PM
People, please be careful. the first thought for me to use a glue on felt was using the Fabri-tac that I often use on paper. A friend told me that if you try to sew over it, it will break your sewing machine needle! I was using it to hem some pants at the time. I see in the picture that she is using Tacky glue. otherwise, I love this idea.
Ginny Pender  |  Fri Apr 1, 2016 at 3:35 PM
Ginny, I was concerned about sewing with my machine because of the glue so I just hand stitched it. If you let it totally dry, it may not hurt your needle, but I got a little impatient and wanted to finish so I went with the hand stitching and it came out great! Don't be scared off! Give this fun tutorial a try!
muscrat  |  Mon Apr 4, 2016 at 8:10 PM
The fusible bonding tapes that are activated with an iron would be a good option for the edges too, if you didn't want to use glue. I have one called Stitch Witchery by Dritz that would be easy to find at any fabric store.
dina  |  Mon Apr 4, 2016 at 10:03 PM

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