Thursday, July 26, 2012

Coffee print iPad sleeve

After setting up and printing the Mr's birthday t-shirts I couldn't not print a piece of fabric, it would seem like a waste to just do one print. So I printed on some great coffee coloured linen and then decided I couldn't leave it to languish in the stash. So late the night before his birthday I made a sleeve for his much loved iPad.
I combined two great tutorials to get make the design I envisaged. Firstly this one for neat zipper ends. It means the seams are unfinished (rather than being tucked inside, as in other pouch methods), and you finish them with bias binding. I had a length of a lovely mustard coloured binding so I used that as a little feature. The pic below shows the sleeve inside out.
And then when I googled 'sewing zipper on a curve' I found this fabulous one at Design Sponge. I know we often sing the praises of tutorials, but honestly, if it wasn't this particular one, there would have been tears, I'm sure!

I ran the zipper around 2 sides (rather than just the top) and added a few of my own little features like extra padding and a zipper pull.

And so in the early hours of the morning it was finally finished and I went to bed tired but happy :-)

Lots of creative goodness to check out over at My Creative Space.


  1. What a fab design - love the retro feel! I can think of quite a few people that would love a T or a case with this. : )
    ps. Thank you for your lovely comment over at mine. So great to 'meet' you and find a gorgeous new blog to check out.

  2. Lucky boy to get such beautifully made and personalised pressies :-)
    Thanks for your advice for my new print, I completely agree, another for the to do list!

  3. p.s. glad to see you and Alisa have met now too :-)

  4. AS you know Jo... I love it! Such a creative pouch and screen print design! He's a very lucky man :)

  5. So clever to have the zip running on two sides. Fantastic fabric by the way. I keep meaning to have a go ant printing my own.

  6. awesome awesome! I've wanted to do a two sided zip for a while now, need to explore that! :)

  7. It is perfect! Love the print, the design, and the finishing (where can I find mustard bias tape?).


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