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Oilcloth Tablet Cover

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.

Protect your iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and any tablet with an embroidered oilcloth cover!

This tablet cover features a large front pocket, soft inner lining, and even a handy loop for a pen.


Read on to learn how to make a fashionable cover for your tablet, with your favorite colors and designs!


Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.

Supplies Needed:

**1/3 yard oilcloth (for front and back)

**1/3 yard oilcloth (for front pocket)

**1/4 yard cotton fabric (for pocket lining -- I used quilter's cotton)

**1/3 yard fleece (for inner lining)


**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive


**Masking tape

**1" button

**5/8" wide ribbon

**Needle and thread for some hand sewing
 


Special Project Notes
I made a cover for my iPad, but I will show you how to measure your tablet to make a cover for the kind of tablet you may have.

Designs Used

For this tutorial I used the large size of the Blooming Shoe. Designs from the Birds on Flowering Branches Design Pack and the Vintage Butterflies in Bloom would look very fresh on tablet covers, too!

Finished Size
For iPad -- 8" wide by 10" high

For this project, I embroidered onto oilcloth. Oilcloth is very similar to vinyl, so I used a size 75/11 sharp needle, which produces clean, crisp stitches and also leaves the smallest perforations in the fabric. I ordered the oilcloth from Fabric.com.

I also used one piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer that I sprayed with temporary adhesive. For more tips about embroidering on oilcloth or vinyl, read this handy Fabrics 101 article, or view the Embroidering on Oilcloth video here.

 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.

Measure the width and height of your tablet. Take your dimensions and add 1 3/4" to the width and 1" to the height (mine is 7 1/4" wide by 9 1/2" high which equals 9" wide and 10 1/2" high). Cut two pieces of oilcloth to these dimensions and set them aside for now -- these pieces are the front and back of the cover.



Next, to prepare the fabric for the front pocket, draw a rectangle on the oilcloth using a pen (an air-erase pen does not work on oilcloth). Draw the shape using your width measurement, and your height measurement minus 1 1/2" (mine is 9" wide by 10 1/2" minus 1 1/2" which equals 9" high).
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 


Now you can decide where you want to place your design. To place your design in the center like I did, measure and mark one inch (to the outside of the shape) along the side edges starting at the top of each corner.  The space below the marks will be the embroidered area. Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software.  If you are new to working with templates, click here for more information about positioning designs with templates. 



I centered my design side to side and up and down by measuring equal distances between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the embroidered area.  Since an air-erase pen will not mark on oilcloth, lay strips of masking tape under the template. Then, using an ink pen, poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the tape. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 


Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the tape.  Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the tape. Remove the tape and embroider the design. Oilcloth is very similar to vinyl, so I used a size 75/11 sharp needle and one piece of medium cutaway stabilizer.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

When the design has finished, trim the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 


Cut out the shape. To prepare the fabric for the pocket lining, cut one piece of the cotton fabric to the final pocket dimensions: the width measurement by the height measurement minus one inch (mine is 9" wide by 9" minus 1/2" which equals 8 1/2" high).  

Fold the top edge of the embroidered pocket fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side and finger press in place. Then, fold the top edge over again 1/2" to the wrong side and press. Next, align the cotton fabric on the backside of the pocket fabric with the wrong sides together (tuck the cotton fabric under the folded top edge). 

 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Flip the pocket over to the right side. Cut a piece of ribbon a bit longer than the top edge of the pocket. Align the ribbon along the top edge of the pocket with about 1/8" of the pocket extending up past the top edge of the ribbon. Pin the ribbon and folded top edge in place and sew a seam along the top and bottom edges of the ribbon.  Also, sew a 1/8" seam along the side and bottom edges to tack the fabric pieces together.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Align the pocket on top of front fabric piece, right sides facing up, with the bottom edges aligned. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Next, align the back fabric on top of the front fabric/pocket with the right sides together.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

To prepare the pen loop, cut a piece of ribbon to 3 1/2" long.  Fold the ribbon into a loop, and align the loop with the ribbon trim on the top of the pocket in between the pocket and back fabric along the left side. Allow the ends of the loop to extend out about 1/4" past the outer edges of the fabric. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges. Leave the top open for turning. Clip the seam allowance at the bottom corners and turn the fabric right side out.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

To prepare the inner lining, using your dimensions for the front and back, cut two pieces of fleece to the width dimension by the height plus one inch (mine is 9" wide by 10 1/2" plus one inch which equals 11 1/2" high). Align the pieces together, right sides together, pin in place, and sew 1/2" seam along the side and top edges only.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Next, trim off the excess seam allowance leaving about 1/8" behind.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

To prepare the button loop, cut a piece of ribbon to about 6" long. Fold the ribbon into a loop, tack the ends together with a few stitches, and press the loop flat with an iron. Lay the loop at the center backside of the cover, right side down, with about 1/4" of the ends extending up past the outer edge of the fabric. Tack in place with a 1/4" seam along the top edge of the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Next, insert the outer shell of the cover inside the inner lining, right sides together.  Align the side seams and top edges together and sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge leaving about 4" open along the front side (the side opposite to the button loop)



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Turn the outer shell and the lining right side out and insert the lining inside the outer shell.  Roll the inner lining up 1/2" past the top edge of the outer shell.  Turn the fabric of the opening of the outer shell under 1/2" and tuck the fabric of the inner lining in about 1/4". Pin in place and then sew a 1/8" seam along the top edge of the outer shell.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Add the button to the front center along the top edge about one inch down from the top edge of the cover. Insert your iPad (or other tablet), wrap the button loop over the button, and away you go!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered tablet cover.
 

Protect your tablet, and dress it up, too, with a beautiful embroidered oilcloth cover!

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.


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Products used in this Project:

Blooming Shoe $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.75" x 4.88" | 3.85" x 3.27"