Hello from sunny {well, usually..it’s rainy right now} Hawaii! I’m Amber from One Shabby Chick and I am thrilled to be here today to share this tutorial with all of you for the 12 days of Ruby Star.

I have this tutorial up on my blog but thought I’d change it up a bit with a patchwork front and Melody’s Ruby Star fabric lines are so perfect for that – such fun designs to mix and match!

An iPad cover Tutorial

Material list:

  • 6” piece of Iron-on Velcro
  • Fabric for outside pouch – you will need your improv block piece and one back piece that is 10” x 12” (we will be cutting them down after we quilt them – I like to leave a little room for quilting shrinkage)
  • Fabric for fold-over flap – two pieces that are 5.5” x 8”
  • Fabric for lining –2 pieces that are 9.5” x 11.5”
  • Scrap fabric for optional back pocket (my pocket measures 3” x 7.5” finished)
  • Batting – 2 pieces that are 10” x 12” for the outside pouch and one piece that is 5.5” x 8” for the fold-over flap
  • Fusible Fleece – 2 pieces that are 10” x 12” and one piece that is 5.5” x 8”
  • Matching thread (I used an off-white for the whole thing)

NOTE: Use a 1/4” seam allowance throughout unless otherwise specified

Making your cover:

  • Make an improv block piece that measures approx. 10” x 12”. I started with a fussy cut 5” square and then added pieces in until I got the size I wanted – like a rectangular log cabin block.

I also used some lightweight corduroy for the lining and back to give it a super-soft texture.

  • Iron your fusible fleece to the wrong side of both pieces of your outside fabric and one of your flap pieces.

  • Take your batting pieces that are 10” x 12” and position them under your fleece-lined outside fabric pieces. You can pin in a couple spots to ensure the fabric doesn’t slip.

  • Take your 5.5″ x 8″ batting and do the same with your fold-over flap piece.

  • Using your walking foot (a regular foot would be fine – a walking foot just helps all layers glide through the machine more smoothly), quilt your pieces.


I just started at the middle of my log cabin and sewed lines around the front, using my walking foot as a guide for the next line.

  • Quilt both outside pieces as well as the one piece of the fold-over flap that you attached the batting to.

You could do any type of quilting here – stippling, loops, diagonal quilting – I just chose to go with lines)

  • Trim quilted pieces to 9.5” x 11.5”.
  • If you are adding a back pocket, now it the time to sew it on to the back piece. Sew your pocket pieces right-sides together, leaving a small opening in the bottom for turning.
  • Turn right-sides out and iron.
  • Position pocket on your back piece and topstitch around the sides and bottom.

  • Place flap pieces right sides together and stitch along both sides and bottom, leaving top open. Turn right side out and use chopstick to gently push corners out.

  • Pin fold-over flap to the top edge of the back piece. Baste/sew using a 1/8” seam allowance.

  • Pin quilted fabric pieces right sides together (taking care if you are using a directional print to make sure it’s facing the right way) and sew along the two sides and bottom – re-enforcing the starting and ending points.

  • Leave top open.
  • Turn right sides out through top opening and use a chopstick (or a turning tool) to gently push out the corners. Iron top to help flatten it a bit.

  • Place lining pieces right sides together. Sew along sides and bottom of sandwich BUT leave a 6”-7” opening along the bottom {for turning cover right side out when it is all sewn together}. Do not turn lining right side out.
  • Place quilted fabric pouch inside your newly sewn lining pouch – right sides together.

  • Match up side seams and pin and then pin along the top edge at regular intervals.
  • Sew along the top edge with your walking foot using a 1/2” seam allowance. Go slowly since you are going through lots of layers…you may want to go around twice for added stability.
  • Pull quilted pouch out through opening in lining bottom.
  • Turn pouch right sides out and sew up hole in lining bottom.

  • Push lining into outside pouch and iron along top opening.

  • Topstitch around the entire top opening.

  • Fold over your flap and decide how tight you want your pouch to close – mark where you want your velcro to be on the front of your pouch and your flap piece.

  • Attach Velcro per iron-on instructions.

You’re done! Enjoy your new iPad cover!