Surprise, Fat Quarterly readers!  Today is our second double project day in the 12 Days of Ruby Star, with Sharon’s take on an iPad case to complement the one from Amber posted earlier today.  Between the two tutorials, we hope you can find one to best meet your favorite sewing styles.  Enjoy!

Hi Everyone! I am thrilled to be here on FatQuarterly! My name is Sha and I blog at Craizee Corners.

Here’s a little fact about me…I am ’Craizee’ about zippered bags. I make them in all different shapes and sizes. One of the my favorite bags to make is for my IPad, I like to change the case like I change purses, in other words to fit my mood and maybe to match my outfit. I am going to show you how I make IPad cases.

Materials needed:

  • 1 zipper at least 12“
  • 1 – 1 ½” x 8” piece of fabric to match the zipper
  • Thread to match the zipper
  • 1 – 22″ x 26”pieces of fabric for the inside of the bag
  • 1 – 9 ½” x 11 ½” piece of fabric for the outside back (Piece B)
  • 1 – 22” x 26” batting
  • 1 – 9 ½” x 11 ½” front. This can be pieced however you want, but the end piece must be 9 ½” x 11 ½” (Piece A)
1. Take each 22” x 26” piece of batting and top with the 22” x 26” inside fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up. Cut 2 – 10” x 12”pieces.
2. Turn the pieces you just cut over and put the outside front piece (Piece A) face up on the batting side. Do the same with the second piece, but use the 9 ½” x 11 ½” outside back piece (piece B). You will have two 3 layered piece, with the batting in the middle and the right sides of the fabric facing out. The top piece will be slightly smaller than the batting and inside piece.
Quilt the 2 sandwiches anyway you would like, leaving at least ½” from the outside un-quilted.

Now you should have 2 pieces that look like this:

Note: some of the pics I took with the Ruby Star fabric didn’t turn out well, so I am using other photos for some of the steps.

Trim the top piece (with the fussy cut frame) to 9 ½” x 11” 1/2”. Then place the trimmed piece on top of other quilted piece and trim to match.
Preparing the Zipper:

Take the 1 ½” x 8” piece that matches the color of the zipper and press it in half width wise. Then open it up and press the sides to the center. This will be a double folded piece of bias tape. Cut into 2 – 4” pieces.

Sew across the zipper to keep the 2 pieces in place and then trim the close to the seam you just sewed. Then nestle the cut zipper piece inside the bias tape you just made and sew very close to the left side of the fold. No need for a zipper foot here. Trim the bias tape even with the edges of the zipper.

Measure across the top of the bag pieces, it should be 9 ½”, but measure to be sure. You want to cut the zipper 1” smaller than that measurement.

Note – Make sure the zipper pull is inside the zipper before you sew.

Repeat the steps above to prepare the zipper with the other side. Your zipper should now look like this:

Adding the zipper:

Note – you do not need a zipper foot for this but I do recommend you use your all purpose foot and not your ¼” foot. You will be doing a zig zag stitch and the  ¼”  foot might not be able to do a zig zag stitch.

Lay the front of the bag outside piece up on your surface. Put the zipper with the pull side down along the top edge of the front of your bag. Make sure the zipper is centered along the top (about ½” in from the sides).

Sew along the top edge halfway between the zipper teeth and the edge. Backstitch a few stitches at the beginning and end of the seam.

Now it’s time to finish that raw edge. Set your machine to the zig-zag stitch and sew. The left side of the stitch will be on the fabric and the right side will be right past the fabric so the entire raw edge will be covered. When done select the straight stitch again.

Flip the zipper up so it is above the front of the bag and with a straight stitch sew a line right below the zipper, making sure to catch the finished edge of the zipper underneath.

Repeat with the other side of the bag, being sure to attach the zipper to the outside part.
You will then have a piece that looks like this:
Finishing the bag:
Before you go any further make sure the zipper is at least ½” opened.
With the insides of the bag facing out (or right sides together) pin along the sides and bottom of the bag. At the bottom 2 corners measure ½” from each side of the corner. Draw a diagonal line between those 2 lines. Sew along the side, then along the diagonal, then along the bottom, other diagonal and the other side. Backstitch a few stitches at the start and finish. Trim along the diagonal lines.

Finish these raw edges with a zig zag stitch just like before.

Turn the bag right side out and you have a quilted IPad case.

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