Prop up your iPad, tablet, or cell phone–hands-free–in the cradle area of this Hold-It Sack! These tablet stands, or iPad Pillows, are made from laminated fabric and are ideal to use throughout your home or office. The finished shapes look complicated, but they’re not! They’re all made from rectangular shapes and constructed with easy straight stitching.

Complete directions can be found in Nancy’s book, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares and watch online at Sewing With Nancy, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Part Two).

Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, a new 3-part Sewing With Nancy series

Finished approximate sizes:

  • Small—4″ x 5-3/4″ x 7-1/2″ depth
  • Large—7″ x 9″ x 9″ depth

Supplies (for small and large sacks)

All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Cut fabric (for one large and one small sack)

  • Laminated cotton fabric:
  • Cut one 10″ x 12″ rectangle (small sack).
  • Cut one 12″ x 18″ rectangle (large sack).
If you’re not using laminated fabric, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of cotton fabric to give extra stability.
  • Coordinated cotton fabric:
  • Cut one 2″ crosswise strip. Subcut the following:
- Two 2″ x 3″ lengths (top tabs/both sizes)
- One 2″ x 6-1/2″ strip (Base for small sack)
- One 2″ x 10″ strip (Base for large sack)
  • Cut one 3″ crosswise strip. Subcut the following:
- One 3″ x 6-1/2″ strip (Piping for small sack)
- One 3″ x 10″ strip (Piping for large sack)

Create tabs and base with Create-a-Strap

  • Fuse Create-a-Strap to wrong sides of all 2″ wide strips (two 3″ strips, one 6-1/2″ strip, and one 10″ strip).
  • Fold along perforations and edgestitch.

Stitch seams

  • Fold rectangles in half, meeting short ends. Stitch the long seam.
  • Wrap the corner.
  • Fold along seamline.
  • Clip edges with Wonder Clips.
  • Stitch top edge, leaving a 2″ opening at the center. Stitch to the cut edge at each side of the opening—this makes it easier to turn.
  • Open sac, then fold each corner at the top of the sack to create a triangular shape. Center seam; pin.
  • Place corner on the cutting mat and trim off 3/4″ from each corner.
  • Fold a 3″ tab in half, meeting short ends.
  • Insert tab in the corner with only one seam, aligning raw edges. Stitch corners.

Finish Sacks

  • Turn sack right side out.
  • Center seam at unfinished end.
  • Measure up 3-1/2″ from the unfinished end; mark.
  • Fold under ends of base strap length to fit width of sack (Small = 5-1/2″ and Large = 8-1/2″). How to sew an ipad, iphone or tablet holder by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
  • Align end of base strap at the 3-1/2″ mark. How to sew an ipad, iphone or tablet holder by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
  • Stitch base strap to sack along both edges.
  • Center Wrap’n Fuse Piping on the wrong side of a 3″ x 6-1/2″ fabric strip. Trim piping a little shorter than the strip width. Align long edges; press.

If fusible piping is not available, stitch piping in place using a zipper foot.

  • Finish edges of piping. Fold each short edge at a 45 degree angle, and then fold it again.
  • Align piping at lower edge of base strap, with folded edges facing the base strap. Pin or clip in place.

  • Fold unfinished end of sack in half and then in half again, to meet the edge of the piping base (covering raw edge of piping).
  • Attach zipper foot. Stitch layers.
  • Fill sacks with poly pellets, rice, or dried beans (about 2 cups for the small sack or 4 cups for the large sack) and fill the remainder with fiberfill.
  • Hand stitch opening closed.
Ta-dah! The finished sacks are ready for use!
Make the Hold-It Sacks for your sewing area.

Watch Sew Simple With Rectangles & Squares on Sewing With Nancy online.

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