I’ve been looking for a simple iPad sleeve for a couple months now, but it seems everyone charges an arm and a leg for them. So I decided to make my own. This project is super simple and takes under an hour to complete. All you need is some vinyl (I had leftover from some projects I did at Christmas time), lining fabric (I used a thrifted pillow case that I’ve been dying to use for something) double sided fusible interface, 3 grommets, a button and some ribbon or string to tie it all up.
I started by measuring how big I wanted the case to be. I wanted the corners on the long edge to overlap, so I cut a square 13″ x 13″. After that, I ironed on the liner fabric to the vinyl. This may seem obvious to most, but just to be clear: Do NOT iron the vinyl side! I ironed on the fabric side, had the iron on a lower setting and even used a tea towel to make sure I didn’t melt the vinyl. It takes a little longer to fuse, but then you don’t wreck your vinyl. After that, I added grommets to the corners where the string would go through (originally, the string was going to go through all four corners, but that didn’t work, so that’s why there are grommets on all four corners of mine) Lastly, I added a button to tie wrap the string around to close the case.
I considered doing a stitch around the edge (and I might still do that) to keep the fabric from fraying. But make sure you are extra careful, because once a stitch goes through vinyl, it leaves a permanent mark!