Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


Quilted Tablet PC Cover

Today, I am sharing how i made this quilted cover for my tablet!

A new tablet has been on my wish list for a while and I finally bought one with my Christmas money!  I also grabbed a silicone skin cover (hot pink of course), Tablet Stand and screen protector.  The only thing I still needed was a protective case for when I wasn't using it or when traveling.

I looked around on Amazon, but I wasn't finding anything I liked online. (Gotta get my money's worth out of the Amazon Prime membership I just paid for.)  After contemplating what I wanted, I decided to just make my own padded Tablet Cover.

tablet PC Cover tutorial

It was really very easy.

To make a quilted tablet cover, you need:
-2 Fabric pieces, one for the outside and one for the inside.  (For my outside fabric I pieced together  fabric scraps.)
-Quilt Batting (You could also use fleece or felt)
-Elastic cording
-Cutting mat and ruler with bias markings (you can manage without bias marking, but it sure makes it easier)
-water soluble marker
-fray check

First, you need to determine the width to cut your fabric.  Here is how to get measurements for your device:

width of the device + the depth of the device + 2.5 inches

For me those numbers were 10.25 + .5 + 2.5.  I wanted a little extra wiggle room since I have a silicone skin on mine,so I added an additional .5 inch.

I could give you a long mathematical computation for the length of fabric needed, but it will be a lot easier if you just cut the fabric to 3.5 times the length of your device.  Then just play with how big you want your pocket and how much you want the flap to fold over.  Once you have the pocket and flap size to your liking, add one inch for seam allowances and trim off any extra fabric.  (I did work out the formula, so if you work better that way, leave a comment and I will send it to you.)

I didn't take a picture of this process, but here is a close up of how mine looks in the pocket and with the flap folded over:

The total fabric dimensions I used for a Galaxy Tablet was 13 3/4 wide by 22 7/8 long.  (My silicone skin adds a tiny bit to the measurement all the way around and I based my measurements with the skin on.)  If you have an Ipad you could adapt the fabric measurement by taking off 1 1/2 inches from the width.  

Next, cut  your second fabric piece to the same dimensions as the first piece.  Cut the batting to the same width and 1/2 inch shorter on the length. (This helps when we finish the open end.)

Lay your fabrics together in this order:

Top fabric right side up, 
bottom fabric right side down
then the batting (fleece or felt)

Next, sew the 3 edges together, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving the top open as shown:

Clip the bottom corners and trim away extra fabric from the sides.

Then flip the cover right side out, so the batting is on the inside, sandwiched between the top and bottom layer.  Use a pencil or point turner to help get a crisp corner.

Iron the seam edges flat.

Remember how you cut the batting 1/2 inch shorter and left the short edge open?  Fold the fabric edges in 1/2 inch all the way around the opening and press the edges as evenly as possible.  Pin in place.

Cut your elastic cord to about 7 inches. Find the center of the pocket flap and mark it.  Fold the cord in half and tuck in about an inch between the folded edges at your center marking.  Pin securely.

Sew the edge closed 1/4 inch from the edge.

When you get to where the cord is tucked in, back stitch over the cord 2 times, so it is extra secure.

Next, we will mark the quilting lines with our disappearing ink marker.  Line your fabric up on the cutting mat, then line up your ruler using the 45 degree bias markings.

With your marker, draw lines 2 inches apart all the way across the fabric.

Then flip your fabric around and draw more lines going the other direction.  You will end up with a criss-cross pattern like this:

Sew all the way across, edge to edge, along each line you drew.  Pull all your treads to the back/inside piece, tie securely and trim.  Use fray check on the knots to ensure they are extra secure.

Next, lay out your fabric out flat.  Use your to judgement on how much room you want in your pocket and how much overlap you want with the flap.  Mark the edge of the pocket and pin in place.

Start sewing from the top of the flap to the bottom edge of the pocket, about 3/8 inch from the edge.  Repeat on the other side.

You're almost done, the only thing left is to sew on the button.  Just close the flap and use the cord loop as a guide for button placement.

 how to sew a cover for an ipad or kindle fire

Ta da!   You're Done!  Now sit back and admire your new handmade Quilted Tablet Cover!  If you are inspired to create something based on this tutorial, I would love to see it!  I have created a new Flickr Group for you to share your creations.  Here is the link: Creations inspired by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

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  1. I am going to make this! You have such nice you have a FB page where we can post photos if we make your tutorial?

  2. Cute!

  3. Found you on Flamingo Toes after spending some time looking for an idea to make a cover for my new nook tablet. Thanks for sharing your idea. enJOYed it!

  4. Great tutorial, love your cover. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thank you very much for sharing this. I love it..very pretty. I also have a Galaxy Tab so this tutorial is perfect. :)

  6. This looks so good! I love the vibrant colors you used! The quilting looks great as well! What a cute tablet cover!

  7. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. The fabrics you have used are lovely - very bright and fresh. Cheers, Karen.

  8. Soooo cute!! I have just purchased some of the Lush fabrics, LOVE them...still not sure what I am making from them. Thanks for the tutorial! I would like to make a cover for my iPad!! Great inspiration.

  9. Love the fabric you chose! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  10. What a great tutorial...and cute fabrics too...

  11. I'm saving to buy a tablet of some sort - did you consider the Kindle Fire? If you decided against it, mind sharing why. It sounds like you're sold on the Samsung, I'm going to go research it now. Love the cover you made, love the fabric combination! Hugs ~ Mary

    1. I had originally bought a off-brand closeout tablet from Wal-Mart. The tablet had a 7 inch screen and was pretty slow. Because the browser was an older android operating system, it wouldn't access all the flash supported sites. (I had intended on giving this tablet to my oldest child instead of the leappad for Christmas. The price was so low, I got myself one too..) I returned these tablets to Wal-Mart. (Gotta love Wal-Mart and their ship to store and no hassle returns.)

      The kindle fire sounded like it would do everything I wanted it to do, but after trying out the smaller tablet, I knew the the 7 inch screen was just to small for what I wanted to use it for. I love using my tablet in the kitchen and while on the treadmill, so the screen just needed to be bigger. (browsing pinterest and my online magazine subscriptions makes that 30 minutes fly by...)

      Hope this helps in your decision making process!

  12. Such a beautiful cover!! Thank you for the great tutorial. I'm going to make one of these soon. :O) Saw your link at Gingersnaps today.

  13. This is too cute - I am your newest follower and would love you to come by my blog next week for my "Get Inspired Monday" blog hop and link this up. The top picks will be featured on my blog and facebook.


  14. pinning this to make for my mom!!! :o) I stopped by from Someday carfts.

  15. Popped over from Katie's nesting spot because your project caught my eye! So fun and fresh! I just wish I had seen it sooner. I went off and bought a ready made tablet case off eBay when I could have just made one with your tutorial.

  16. Gorgeous cover, great instructions!!

  17. I love this.. I want to make one for my IPAD! Thanks for the inspiration and linking up at Crete & Inspire!

    Angie from ALI

  18. Super duper cute!! Thanks for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you'll be back next Saturday! -The Sisters

  19. Super cute! I love that fabric and those colors are fantastic! :)

  20. OK, I absolutely love this, the colors are so bright and cheery... now all I need is an iPad or something terribly cool to put it in!

    Thanks for showing off!


  21. Such a cute idea! Please check out my work: and

  22. love your fabric choices. now, if only i owned a tablet....

  23. LOve this idea and how you ditched what was out there to do it yourself - you go. girl! Thanks again for linking!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  24. Love it! I featured this on my blog, here:


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  26. For a little added protection, you can use a layer of stiff interfacing with the batting. Even though today's screens are made of "gorilla glass," better to be safe than sorry!

  27. I made this today for a friend's Microsoft Surface tablet. My measurements were 14 x 24 1/2. Thank you so much for the great tutorial, your directions were easy to follow. It was the first time I quilted anything and it turned out great thanks to you.

  28. I made this today for a friend's Microsoft Surface tablet. My measurements were 14 x 24 1/2. Thank you for a super tutorial, your directions were easy to follow. This was the first item I have quilted and it turned out well thanks to you.


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