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 your car! Today’s tutorial shows you how a small strip of elastic makes the tablet keeper adaptable to fit over a headrest in a car. Your passengers can watch videos or play games in comfort.
Notions, fabrics, and supplies
- 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.
- Clover’s 1″ Create-a-Strap
- Clover’s 5/8″ Create-a-Strap
- Velcro® Brand Sew-On Tape 5/8″, 1-1/2″
- Elastic, 1/2″ wide polyurethane rubber or non-slip hair bands, 1/2 yd.
- Elastic, 1″ to 2″ wide decorative elastic, 1/2 yd.
- Clover’s Fuse ‘n Bind (optional)
- Clover’s Double-sided Basting Tape (optional)
Here’s how to customize 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 in order to use it in your car!
- 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. To stitch close to the hardware, use a zipper foot.
- Mark the placement of the strap; there’s a die-cut area for that too, on the outer fabric.
- 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 makings 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.
- Measure 2″ from the center marking. 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.
- Machine baste along the edges.
- In the Tablet Keeper instructions I explain how to create an inner spine using Clover’s 5/8″ Create-a-Strap. Position and edgestitch the inner spine in place.
- The outer and inner rectangles are aligned, wrong sides together, and sewn along the sides and lower edge.
- 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 for a quick and even binding.
- First, stitch the double-folded strip of fabric around the edges.
- Then fold the binding around the edges of the Tablet Keeper and pin or clip. Here you can see the look of the Tablet Keeper from the outside.
- This is how the Tablet Keeper looks from the inside.
- Then, edgestitch along the binding to hold it in place.
- Ta da!
- Tuck the electronic tablet under the elastic to securely hold it in place.
- When it’s time to watch a movie in the back seat of the car, slip the Tablet Keeper over the headrest.
- Take along some popcorn and enjoy the show!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this customized version of the Tablet Keeper. If you’ve made creative changes to the design, let me know!
The winner of Clover Seam Ripper was randomly picked from one of the 126 comments from the blog, What Was Your Silliest Sewing Blunder? I truly enjoyed sharing one of my many blunders and read about so many others.
The winner is Barb Fisher. Here’s her blunder . . .
I was making a pair of Packer Lounge pants for my husband and also a pair of Packer shorts, to wear for watching the game.
I checked the set up to see that the words were right side up. Then, I got this idea that if I adjusted the material I would have a larger block of Packer material left to make additional Packer items for the family. However, doing so ended up with one leg of the shorts and pants with the words right side up, and the other leg so the wearer could read Packers. At least they are completely unique shorts and pants.
Sometimes, I’m just too frugal. But it did bring an embarrassed smile to my face and to my sewing group as well.
Bye for now,