The Ipad Bag Sewing Adventure

22 Mar

A couple of months ago my sweet mother-in-law sent me this link for a tutorial to make a purse/bag for an Ipad.  She hinted it would make a great birthday present.  🙂  So a couple of weeks ago we all headed to the fabric store.  Okay I have a confession we actually just went to Walmart.  Boy I feel like a small town girl now!  (Confession number 2: I bought more fabric at Walmart just this morning.  I do not think it is a good thing to live so close to a store that sells fabric even if it is just Walmart.)

I used 3 woven cotton prints for this project, fusible fleece, and 2 packages of extra wide double fold bias tape.  It was fairly challenging to find 3 coordinating prints.  You could easily just use two but I really liked the finish look of 3 coordinating fabrics.  Very modern don’t you think?  (I”m sure it would have been a little easier to find coordinating fabrics if I had been at an actual fabric store.)  😉  The tutorial did not include fabric yardage amounts but I think I purchased a total of 2 yards and had lots of fabric left over.

For the pocket I cut my fabric 12″ x 9.5″.  You can make the pockets anyway that you like.  Since the project was a gift I simply sewed down the middle of the pocket to make 2 pockets.  I was hoping that the pockets would be large enough to hold an iphone.  If you were using this bag for other purposes (besides an ipad) it might be nice to make a small 1-2″ pocket for pens.  I also added a fun little label that says “specially made by Amanda.”  🙂


As I was sewing on the last 12″ of bias tape I BROKE the bobbin mechanism on my sewing machine!  I am still unsure of what happened.  I was upset of course about the machine but even more so about the fact that my mother-in-law wouldn’t get her bag on her birthday.  (I think she got it the day after though.)  I was able to go over to my parent’s house and borrow one of my mom’s machines to finish up the project.

Overall I found the bias tape application to be quite difficult on this project.  In the past year I have become a big fan of bias tape and have used it many times on different projects.  I used fusible fleece in order to give the bag shape and protection for the ipad.  I think it would have been much easier if I had used just a medium interfacing.  If I ever make the bag for myself I would probably also want to add about 2″ to the straps.  I just prefer longer bags myself.





4 Responses to “The Ipad Bag Sewing Adventure”

  1. Melinda Steiger Emerson March 22, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    I’m the mother in law and I LOVE my bag! God has blessed me abundantly with Amanda 🙂

  2. bsivado April 17, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    I love the “man purse”. Brandon looks so lovely modeling it.

  3. bsivado April 17, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    I love the “man purse”. Brandon looks lovely modeling it.

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