Super Easy Basic iPad 2 Cover Tutorial

I am the proud owner of an iPad 2, and I just love it. As soon as I got it I wanted to make something to keep it cozy and protected. It’s been pointed out that one drawback of the magnetic cover that Apple sells is that it does nothing to protect the back of the iPad. I wanted to make something that would protect both front and back.

I made one for myself and then my sister asked me to make one for her. So I decided to polish up and formalize my pattern a bit, and share a tutorial with you all.

To make your cover you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard fabric for the outside
  • 1/2 yard fabric for the lining
  • 1/2 yard fusible fleece
  • about four inches of one inch wide fusible velcro
  • your iPad

1. Cut your outside, lining and fusible fleece.

  • If you want your cover to be large enough to hold your iPad WITH the magnetic cover on, cut all pieces 12 1/2 by 11 inches.
  • If you want your cover to be large enough to hold only your iPad, cut all pieces 12 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches.

In the end you will have:

  • TWO pieces of cover fabric with the above dimensions
  • TWO pieces of lining fabric with the above dimensions
  • TWO pieces of fusible fleece with the above dimensions

2. Attach the two fusible fleece pieces to the two cover pieces. Lay the fleece with the bumpy/shiny side up and place the cover piece on top, right side up.

3. Do some quilting stitches on your cover pieces. You can do this in a random, squiggly pattern if you have a darning foot or you can use interesting stitch patterns if your machine has them. You can also quilt simple straight lines or do no quilting at all (though I do recommend a bit to give your cover more heft.

When you’re done press both pieces to tidy them up.

4. Once you’ve quilted both the front and back of your cover you can now sew them together. Put right sides together then pin and sew around three sides, leaving one of the shorter sides open.

5. Trim the corners.

And then turn right-side-out, using a turning tool to push the corners out. Then press, test with your iPad for size, and admire your work.

Note: Yours will be a bit bigger than the one in this picture. When I finished I decided it needed a bit more room, so I revised the dimensions on the pattern.

6. Next, start on the lining. For the lining you will put the two fabric pieces right sides together and you will sew around three sides, leaving one of the shorter sides open like you did for the outside cover, EXCEPT you will leave a four inch opening on the other short side.

Once you’ve sewn around, your lining will have an opening at the bottom:

And the top will be completely open.

Trim the corners on your lining, as you did for the outside.

7. Next, take your cover (make sure it’s right-side-out) and put it INSIDE the lining (which is still inside-out.) You’re doing it right if the right sides are together inside the lining as in the picture below.

Match up the side seams and the top edges and pin around. It’s easiest if you pin the two side seams first and then pin the rest.

8. Sew around the top edge. If your machine has a part that can be removed for sewing sleeves and such, it’s easiest if you remove it.

9. Now you need to turn your case right-side-out. Reach into the opening you left in the lining and begin to pull the cover through. Keep pulling until both the cover and the lining are right-side-out.

10. Now you need to close up the hole in your lining. Fold the seam allowance down (it folds pretty well on its own) and pin in place.

Topstitch along the bottom of your lining, closing up the hole, sewing pretty close to the edge.

11. Now stuff the lining inside the cover, press and tidy it all up. Then topstitch along the top edge, to give a nice finished look.

12. Attach the fusible velcro to the lining inside the cover.

Now, put your iPad inside! Isn’t it cozy?

  • http://www.lindysellers.com Lindy

    I just bought my first ipad and was looking for a nice bag/ cover for it. Thanks for the great tutorial. I know what I will be working on tomorrow!

  • Kris

    Thank you for the tutorial. What seam allowance do you use for this cover? I made it as directed to begin with but found after I sewed the outer cover pieces that it was far too large for me so I adapted to make it smaller. I was using a 1/4th inch allowance but some of your pics look a little larger so I thought maybe that was what made the difference. Also, do you find that the Velcro scratches your i pad? I’m considering another adaption to allow for a flap and button closure. Either way, thanks so much for the guidance!

  • Sharon

    I really appreciate this tutorial! The directions were excellent and the pictures were helpful. I also found it to be big for an iPad w/ the Apple magnetic smart cover but it’s easy to scale back once the pieces are cut out and draped over the device. I added a pocket to the front w/ sections to hold a stylus, cleaning cloth and charger cord/earphones. Also, I made a loop w/ button to close the top like I had seen in searches for this item. Great tutorial; thank you so very much!

  • Lisa Brown

    This is excellent, so straight forward to follow. Thank you

  • Sarah

    This was only my second ever sewing project and it was so easy and the cover turned out perfect! Thanks!

  • Isolde

    Hi, thanks very much for the tutorial. I made mine a bit smaller so it was super snug like a sleeve with no Velcro or closure feature. Great? Well… I’ve had to do away with the Apple magnetic cover as it was a rubber texture that wouldn’t slide nicely in and out. Now it’s beginning to be a pain when I just want to use the iPad raised by tri-folding the cover and I have to hunt it down. I am about to make another with this in mind. Just sharing for anyone else on this level. :)