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Topic: My Fancy iPad Sleeve - Tweed and Leather  (Read 2170 times)
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« on: February 15, 2012 06:33:43 AM »

It's been awhile since making any sewn items for myself, and this design has been in my head for months! I'm so glad I finally turned it into a completed project.



I used tweed fabric from Jo-Ann's, which is actually pretty flimsy since it was in the suiting section. I'm used to working with heavy canvas for bags. I had to interface with fusible fleece and line it with wool felt for enough support. The leather also helped a bit. It is upholstery weight from my local leather store.



My favorite part is the Apple logo applique I did on the front! I just traced it from our Macbook since it was a little bigger than on the iPad.

Overall lessons learned -

1. Don't turn seams on leather. My machine is a tough old bird but cannot sew through two layers of leather plus the tweed and interfacing and leave nice stitches, even with a leather needle. You can buy edge finishing tools at leather stores and that is exactly what I will do next time.

2. Even when you trim your seams the leather will be extra bulky. You can see the top of the iPad sticking out because of this. One inch for seam allowance above the vertical measurement of the iPad was not enough.

3. Leather stretches! At first I couldn't even jam the iPad in and I got really nervous. After sitting in the case for a few days it slides in perfectly.

Thanks for checking out my iPad sleeve!
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012 06:51:10 AM »

I really like your fabric and color choices.  Super cute!
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012 07:10:42 AM »

it turned out wonderfully! well done!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012 07:20:57 AM »

Thanks! I wanted a travel case for an upcoming trip to the UK so I tried to pick something I thought looked "British". My plan is to make a matching carry-on. This was sort of a practice to figure out how the leather would behave and see if the tweed was as stiff as I like. It's not, so I'm going to back it with canvas and interface both the body and lining.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012 09:41:26 AM »

It does look very classy! The color choices pop and still look elegant. Love the look!
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012 09:59:47 AM »

Great fabric choices. I'd never even dream of being able to sew leather with my machine.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012 10:44:33 AM »

Beautiful and classy! The apple is the finishing touch!

Thanks for the tips!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2012 12:33:45 PM »

Thanks everyone!

michelleandbean - I wouldn't dream of attempting leather on my regular Singer, which is mostly plastic and designed more for quilting. I have an old Kenmore that my grandma gave me that I use for more industrial type sewing, basically making all of my bags. It is solid metal, and it might weigh more than me. I can get through twelve layers of duck cloth and it hardly misses a stitch! So I knew this was pretty tough when it started skipping stitches.
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012 10:50:27 AM »

very cool! love the colours good job!
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012 04:35:16 PM »

Very nice!
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