The Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper Template, a die-cut template that allows you to create personalized covers for electronic tablets, can now be customized for reading comfort! Today’s tutorial shows how to add elastic reading bands to your tablet keeper. Hands slip under the stretchy bands for comfortable reading.
Notions, fabrics, and supplies
- The Original Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper Template
- Or Clover’s Trace ‘n Create Templates–Tablet Keeper 2.0 Click here to view the Tablet Keeper 2.0 device listing. If you don’t see your tablet listed, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add your electronic device to the listings.
- 3/8 yd. 44″/54″ wide outer fabric
- 3/8 yd. 44″/54″ wide lining fabric
- 3/8 yd. 44″/54″ wide accent fabric for straps, binding, etc.
- 1-1/4 yd. interfacing, such as Pellon’s ShirTailor
- 3/8 yd. ultra firm stabilizer such as Pellon’s Peltex Ultra Firm Sew-in Stabilizer
- Clover’s 1″ Create-a-Strap
- Clover’s 5/8″ Create-a-Strap
- Clover’s Precut Tablet Keeper Shapers, Large or Assortment
- Clover’s Bags & Totes Hardware 1″ or 1-1/4″ D Ring, O Ring, or Rectangle Ring
- Velcro Brand Sew-On Tape 5/8″, 1-1/2″
- Elastic, 1/2″ wide polyurethane rubber or nonslip hair bands, 1/2 yd.
- Elastic, 1″ to 2″ wide decorative elastic for reading bands, 2/3 yd.
- Clover’s Fuse ‘n Bind (optional)
- Clover’s Double-sided Basting Tape (optional)
Here’s how to add Elastic Reading Bands to a Tablet Keeper
These customized instructions are abbreviated since the instructions within the Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper Template packaging show all the steps. I just wanted you to see the main points of creating a Tablet Keeper and how to customize it by adding stretchy bands.
- After tracing and then cutting out the size that fits your electronic tablet, press-on fusible interfacing to the outer and inside rectangles. For the iPad, we traced the medium-sized die-cut areas of the Original Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper Template.
- Create the strap as detailed in the instructions.
- Place the strap on the fabric; stitch. Using the zipper foot, as photographed, provides for very accurate edgestitching. The foot glides along the side of the strap and the needle stitches along the edge. Taking time to test the position of the needle is important!
- Use the Tablet Keeper Template, again, to mark the placement of the elastic straps. Mark on the inner fabric rectangle. Also, mark along the left edge of the template, marking the center. Not to worry, your markings are covered with a strip of fabric.
- Position and baste elastic along the marked lines. We use headband elastic. I love the thickness of the elastic and the fact that it has a silicone under coating to prevent slipping. Not usually used for sewing, this hair care product is ideal for Tablet Keepers. Plus, there are so many great color options.
- Layer inner fabric, Peltex, and outer fabric. Sew along the sides and lower edge, leaving the top open.
- Measure 1″ from the outer edges of the inside-front cover. Position and “pin” a length of 1″ or 2″ decorative elastic. Aren’t these elastics fun? My staff and I like to use Clover’s Wonder Clips when “pinning” through multiple layers of fabric.
- In the Tablet Keeper instructions I explain how to create an inner spine using Clover’s 5/8″ Create-a-Strap. Position and edge stitch the inner spine in place.
- The Tablet Keeper Shapers are inserted between the layers to add stability to the project. It’s our secret ingredient to keep your iPad or other electronic reader safe and secure!
- Add binding using your favorite technique. Again, the details are in the instructions.
- We use Fuse ‘n Bind and Clover’s Clover’s Wonder Clips for a quick and even binding.
- Here you can see the look of the Tablet Keeper from the inside.
- Ta-dah! This is how the Tablet Keeper looks when I’m reading.
- Tuck your hands under the elastic for comfortable reading.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this customized version of the Tablet Keeper. If you’ve made creative changes to the design, let me know in the comments!
Watch Sew Techie Covers on Sewing With Nancy, Part One and Part Two online.
Bye for now,