It's Selfish Sewing Week! It's always fun to set aside a bit of time for making for ourselves, right? I've got a few things that I plan on and hope to make this week, but, in the meantime I thought I'd share this great felted tablet cover tutorial that I made for the Handmade Winter E-book in case you need a little inspiration this week!
In these technological times so many of us are skipping the good old fashioned bookstores and are heading instead, toward digital lending libraries and online digital book purchases for our reading materials. I have to admit, that the idea makes me a little bit sad. Especially because there isn’t much “cozy” about curling up with your iPad, or nook, or kindle...and in these winter months isn’t that what so many of us crave? Curling up with a good book? Well, why not add a little “cozy” to your electronic reading with a cozy sweater? Make your Ipad or e-reader, or any of your electronics really, it's own sweater.
These covers are super simple to make. You can use up-cycled materials. And in the end, you’ve got a cute cover that is perfectly lovely to curl up with.
For Felted Sweater
100% wool sweater
(thrift or up-cycle an old one that no longer fits)
For Cozy Cover
Ruler or Measuring Tape
Sewing Machine and Notions
Elastic Hair Tie
Preparing your fabric...
Begin first, by felting your sweater. Felting a sweater is simple and can be done in your own washing machine. Wash sweater (with laundry detergent) in hot water with a cold water rinse and then toss it into the dryer to dry. After sweater is dry, check to see if it has been felted enough. You may want to run it through one more wash/dry cycle to acquire the desired felting.
Washing your sweater inside a mesh bag will help to contain the wool fuzz balls that will form from felting, and keep those fuzz balls from clogging your washer. Also, it is recommended to use a top loading washer for felting sweaters because the agitation is greater which is necessary for felting. You can wash your sweater with a load of towels or jeans - that will help with agitation and therefore the felting process as well. When your sweater is nicely felted it will look like a perfectly fantastic tiny sweater!
Sewing your outer case...
Measure your electronic device (I-pad, e-reader, leap pad...). Cut across the felted sweater directly below the armpits, and then down the side seams. Add 1” to both the length and the width of your measurements (for seam allowances) and cut sweater pieces to size. Pin felted sweater pieces together with right sides facing out and sew together using a 1/4” seam allowance and a wide and long zig zag stitch (I set my machine at 5 for both the length and width) leaving the top short edge open. *Optional, use one of your machine’s more decorative stitches.
If you are sewing a cover for a nook or similar device that has more a mat screen you can simply stop here. Sew a button in the center of one side and about 1” down from the top, and, with several back and forth stitches, sew your hair elastic onto the other side to use for the closure. I hand stitched a small 1” hexagon on the backside to cover up the stitching from my hair elastic, but you could also leave it as is.
And now you’ve got a lovely, one of a kind, snuggly sweater cover!
Sewing your Lining...
If you are sewing a cover for an I-pad or other more computer-like screened device I would highly recommend sewing a lining. You will notice that your wool felted sweater cover will leave a bit of itself on your screen every time you remove it otherwise. To do this cut coordinating fabric (I recommend flannel which is soft on the screen) to the same width size as you did for your sweater pieces, but add 1 1/4” to the length.
*Optional, if your fabric is light weight, which mine was as I was using old pajama pants, you may want to iron on some light weight woven fusible interfacing, such as SF101 Shape-Flex, to the wrong side of your fabric for added stability.
Pin lining pieces together with right sides facing. Sew together with a 3/8” seam allowance leaving the top short edge open (make sure your machine is set back to a normal stitch, stitch length, and width). Next, fold and press top edge 1/4” to the wrong side. Fold 1/2” to the wrong side again and press. Tuck lining inside the felted sweater with wrong sides of lining and outer facing. Make sure side seams are aligned. Your lining should peak out above your outer sweater about 1/2”, pin the lining and outer together. Tuck your hair elastic in the center of your case between the lining and felted outer and pin in place. Attach the lining and outer together by sewing around the top with a zig zag stitch along the top edge of your felted outer. Add a button about 1” below the top edge on the side opposite the hair elastic for your closure. And now you’ve got a lovely, one of a kind, snuggly lined sweater cover!
There are so many ways that you can personalize these cozy covers. Add some super soft flannel hexies...
Or, maybe even a handmade wooden button...
Now, what could be more snuggly to cozy into than flannel and wool, now that’s making those electronics a little more curl up by the fire friendly. Not to mention that the thick wool is super padded protection for them!
Enjoy and happy Selfish Sewing!