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CraftSanity On TV: Easy Fleece iPad Cozy Tutorial

After a couple weeks of watching my husband, Jeff Haywood, transporting his new iPad around in a recycled bubble wrap envelope, it was high time for a crafty intervention.

The iPad is a slick device designed to make consuming electronic media an easy and enjoyable experience, so I decided to sew a simple and soft fleece cozy to make the device a little more inviting. (I made a turquoise cozy for blog purposes, but my husband’s will be made of black fleece.)

Here’s what you need:
• 1/2 yard fleece in color of your choice.
• 8 1/2 by 10-inch rectangle of thick interfacing (I used Pellon Peltex 70 Ultra Firm Stabilizer.)
• Thread to match your fabric
• iPad cozy frame template (Download here)
• Rotary cutter with pinking blade or pinking shears

Step 1: Cut out the paper template and trace it onto the interfacing with a pencil. Cut out the front frame shape. Remember to cut a small circle for access to the home button. (Note: The home button will be covered by fleece, but the hole in the interfacing prevents the cozy from interfering with iPad function.)

Step 2: Pin the interfacing frame to the back of 9″x10″ piece of fleece fabric. With the interfacing side up, stitch around inner and outer edge of the frame. Use the pinking shears or rotary cutter, trim the excess fabric around the frame. To create the inner flap over the screen, cut down the sides of the fabric inside the frame and across the bottom. DO NOT cut across the top.

Step 3: Cut a 9″ x 30″ piece of fleece for the iPad cozy. Pin the frame you just stitched to the top front of the fabric with the fleece side facing up. Sew the frame to the cozy tracing the same stitch lines you made when you covered the frame. Cut out the inner rectangle, and add it to your scrap pile.

Step 4: Fold the fabric into a pouch by folding the fleece strip behind just below the frame. Pin and stitch pouch from top to bottom on each side of the frame to create the sleeve to insert the iPad. Fold the top flap down to cover the frame. Trim excess fabric from the sides with a rotary cutter or pinking shears.

Step 5: Insert iPad and tuck the inner frame flap over the top and behind the device. Fold the larger flap into quarters at the top of the cozy to elevate the top of the device. (See video from today’s “Take Five” segment on WZZM Channel 13.  below.) Now you’re ready to surf the web in cozy comfort.

Note: This cozy is not meant for intense transporting of the iPad, but more for leisure home use. I’m still working on a manly bag design for my husband. And, yes, my prototype will probably be turquoise. :  )

Let me know of you have any questions. Enjoy!


Comment from turtle
Time: May 15, 2010, 2:35 pm

lol, very cool! (picturing the bubblewrap envelope)

Comment from Maria
Time: May 15, 2010, 10:50 pm

So is it crazy of me to want an iPad just to make a cozy for it?! Great idea!

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Comment from Tayla B
Time: May 16, 2010, 11:11 am

I love this idea! I haven’t decided if I would ever want an Ipad or not but if I had a spiffy little fleece cover like this to carry it around in, I may just decide it’s worth it to save up for one! ;) I think some embroidery would work well too.

Comment from Amberly W
Time: May 16, 2010, 10:17 pm

I am going to try to make one of these for my Nook–I know I will have to change the dimensions…very cool idea.

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Comment from MicheleinMaine
Time: May 17, 2010, 11:00 am

What a great idea! I want to tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your podcasts (recently discovered), while I sew my bags. Your questions are so insightful and really get to the heart of the business side of hand-crafting. I don’t feel so alone in my little attic studio, sewing away! thank you!

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Comment from mel
Time: May 19, 2010, 1:54 pm

I love that my husband isn’t the only one creating his own iPad cozy! This is just what he (I) needed! He is, right now, running around with shelf liner around his (because it also keeps the iPad from sliding…he thinks he’s genius)!

Comment from Janell
Time: May 19, 2010, 11:40 pm

I’m wondering how this may affect the ipad. I used to work in a JoAnn and we had to wear earpieces that attached to walkie talkies. Whenever we put the fleece away our ears got shocked because of the static charge that happens with fleece. Basically what I’m saying is static electricity is bad for electronics and you may want to proceed with caution.

Comment from Amy S.
Time: May 20, 2010, 8:54 am

Off topic, but I wanted to say I received the Helping Hands apron last week. It’s wonderful! I have a friend who is a real apron aficionado so I’m giving it to her for her birthday. I love being able to spend money for a great cause and then use the product as a gift!

Comment from jennifer
Time: May 20, 2010, 11:26 pm

Thanks for the heads up on this, Janell. We’ve been using the iPad in the cozy and have not experienced any static shocks. That would be highly annoying. My husband said he’s experienced static shock while wearing ear buds connected to his iPhone while making the bed.

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Comment from Paper Trimmer
Time: November 18, 2010, 9:37 am

What a creative thing to do! I never would have thought of something that nice and colorful.

Comment from Sue Ellen
Time: April 3, 2011, 9:59 am

What a neat thing to do.

My husband is having the same trouble with a Kindle he bought – he wasn’t smart enough to buy a cover when he bought it – and defiantly not smart enough to think of the bubble wrap!! It is getting pretty scratched up, so this will be this weekends project for me.

Comment from Ray
Time: April 7, 2011, 3:33 am

Just got the got a 2nd hand iPad for my wife and this is a perfect idea for her to personalize it with her own style. Thanks for the idea! :)

Comment from Singing Sue
Time: April 13, 2011, 2:37 pm

Hi Jennifer

This is so neat and “Cozy” ;) I can’t wait to try and make one this weekend. You think of everything don’t you? The template is so cute as well!

Btw, thought only my husband used the bubble wrap technique, haha! Oh, how much for the Superman one?

Comment from Yoko Nishi
Time: August 23, 2011, 2:11 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your idea. It’s very practical, and seems to be easy to make. I couldn’t find any site like this in Japanese. Although you speak so fast that I can’t understand everything you talk, but I can imagine how to make the cozy by watching the video. The tutorial text helps me, too. I’ll try this.
DOMO ARIGATO GOZAIMASU (I thank you so much).
I hope you can understand my English, as I haven’t written English for more than 20 years.

Comment from Jenny
Time: September 6, 2011, 12:59 am

Just wanted to say that I LOVE the design on this. It’s hard to match apple’s products with equally beautiful covers and cases, but you’ve managed to do it here. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh and a tip, has the nicest solids (and prints) I’ve used, higher quality than Joann’s or the other sites, and they’re cheaper. I’m bias, but I don’t lie :)

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Comment from brittani
Time: March 9, 2012, 12:20 pm

would love to make this for kindle fire. need the deminsions though.

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Time: December 18, 2012, 1:09 am

this wouldn’t be a very good idea for someone that likes to use theirs to take videos, and pictures though..

Comment from Jennifer
Time: January 14, 2013, 2:55 pm

it wouldn’t be hard though to just adjust the cutout to allow for the camera to be accessible. fantastic idea,going to make one for my Kobo e reader.

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