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{simple felt iPad sleeve}

A couple months ago (after dreaming about it for about a year) I finally caved in and bought an iPad. I kind of justified the purchase by getting it as a treat for starting a new job and I have to say: I LOVE it!

All it needed was a little home to live in while I’m not there. So I bought some felt at the craft store and used a doily that I had purchased during one of the visits to the flea market back in summer. All in all it cost me about $2.50 to make. Have I told you that I love nifty & thrifty (and quick & easy!) projects?! ;)

What you’ll need:

  • felt in your choice of color
  • crocheted doily
  • velcro
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

How to:

  1. Cut the felt to size.
    Width: 10 12 in (26,5 cm); Height: 17 34 in (45 cm).
  2. Sew the doily onto the felt (using thread in the color of your doily).
  3. Fold over the felt, leaving 2 in (5 cm) on top for a flap.
  4. Sew the two sides shut. I used a fancy cross stitch, just to make it more sturdy, but you can use any stitch really.
  5. To finish the project, sew velcro on the flap and front of the sleeve.

I’m partying here! ❤

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    Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Oh, I so need an iPad ;-) Thanx for the tuto!!

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    Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Das IPad habe ich schon etwas länger aber das Cover gefilzt natürlich fehlt mir noch.. Schön sieht es aus, gefällt mir.
    Lg Sylvia

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday December 6th, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      Vielen lieben Dank, Sylvia! :)
      Ich habe gerade gesehen, dass Du auch selbst filzt — da hat man ja noch viel mehr Möglichkeiten bei der Gestaltung des Covers.
      Ich würd mich freuen Deine Version zu sehen, falls Du auch ein Cover machst.
      Liebe Grüße,

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    Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 01:17 PM

    What a cute little case! Thanks for sharing. Megan

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    Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 04:35 PM

    Love it! I’m also wanting an ipad…hopefully Santa is reading this.

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    Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 05:30 PM

    Love the way this looks!! I’ve been wanting to make one for my Nook! Thanks for the inspiration! xo Holly

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday December 6th, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Oh, Holly, I’m so happy to hear that I inspired you with this little project! ;) Let me know how it turns out for your Nook!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Sparkle and CO
    Thursday December 6th, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    I love it! Quick craft for a chic Christmas gift ;)
    Thank you for sharing! Pinned!

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    Jessi @ Practically Functional
    Sunday December 9th, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Wow that turned out fabulous! I love the striking contrast of the doily on that darker felt, so pretty!

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    Sunday December 9th, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Really looove it! It’s so beautiful and perfect with the doily! Thanks for the tutorial!!! Have a happy day

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    Sunday December 9th, 2012 at 08:16 PM

    This is so delicate! It is on my to-do list :)
    Thank you for inspiring!

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    Sunday December 9th, 2012 at 09:25 PM

    That’s so cute! I made a phone case and sunglasses case in a similar way„ but took the lazy route and glued the doily to the fabric instead of stitching :) Go you for doing it properly–it looks superb! (If I had an iPad„ I’d be wanting one :D)

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    Ana Lopes
    Monday December 10th, 2012 at 03:54 AM

    Thanks for the party,Vanessa!!!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

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    Wednesday December 12th, 2012 at 02:56 AM

    I am so doing this — I just got an iPad too and need to protect it from sticky little fingers!!
    Any ideas of what fabric to use if I don’t have any felt?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday December 16th, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Lisa! :)
      I think you could use any fabric you have on hand, but should probably use some batting if it’s not as thick as the felt.
      Have a wonderful week ahead!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Sunday February 24th, 2013 at 06:46 PM

    I so love this! Where did you get this beautiful felt? I have been scouring shops here in Münster, Germany. but I can’t find any in the right size! Fo the thing I intend to make this for I’d need at least 32cm…
    Keep up the good work, love this!

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      Sunday February 24th, 2013 at 06:49 PM

      By the way, could you tell me how thick the felt you used is?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday February 25th, 2013 at 08:14 PM

      Hey Julia!
      Dann kann ich wohl auf Deutsch schreiben, hehe.
      Ich hab den Filz bei “Idee” gefunden (sollte es auch in Münster geben). Hier ist der Link:
      Und die Größe sollte auch passen. :) Was hast Du denn vor zu machen, wenn ich fragen darf?
      Ganz liebe Grüße!

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        Monday February 25th, 2013 at 08:52 PM

        Hi Vanessa!

        Der Plan ist daraus Buchhüllen zu machen, die Bücher sind 28×28 cm groß und ca 2–3 cm dick, leider reichen die Platten von Idee also leider nicht aus, da war ich auch schon. :(

        Hab mir online was bestellt, aber das ist ja so ne Sache… Ich muss Stoffe eigentlich anfasen.
        Liebe Grüße,


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    Sunday August 11th, 2013 at 06:12 PM

    Das sieht wirklich toll aus. So einfach und doch so individuell und chic. Hast du dieses Deckchen einfach innen einmal und dann weiter außen noch mal angenäht oder sollte man das auf jeder Höhe machen, damit es wirklich bombenfest ist?
    Und kann man auch selbstklebenden Klettverschluss nehmen oder taugt das nicht?
    Bin noch Anfängerin im Nähen… ;)

    VG Jenny

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday August 11th, 2013 at 08:41 PM

      Vielen lieben Dank für Deinen netten Kommentar, Jenny! :)
      Ich habe das Spitzendeckchen außen und innen komplett festgenäht und dann zwischendrin noch ab und an festgemacht, damit es nirgendwo festhängen kann.
      Ich glaube selbstklebender Klettverschluss wird nicht stark genug haften, deshalb habe mich mich dazu entschieden ihn festzunähen. Aber auch das kannst Du mit den Händen machen, wenn Du mit der Nähmaschine noch nicht so firm bist. :)
      Ganz liebe Grüße und eine schöne neue Woche!

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    Thursday January 30th, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    wow this looks amazing! Its super pretty and I have to pin this! Might be making one in the future :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday January 30th, 2014 at 02:03 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Trine! :)
      That case is really easy and quick to make — you should definitely give it a try!
      I hope you’re having a fabulous week!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Laura @ Over The Apple Tree
    Saturday April 5th, 2014 at 07:47 PM

    What a great idea to decorate with a doily! Very Pretty.

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