eclectic elements tablet sleeve…

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

i’m thrilled to begin sharing all of the creativity my media team has been working on. today tammy tutterow kicks things off with a project using my eclectic elements fabric. tammy has always impressed me with her ability to incorporate fabric with paper crafting tools and accents. whether you sew or not, i’m sure you’ll agree this clever project makes you want to get out those fabrics and make something…t!m 

I think one of the best things about being crafty is being able to make things that you want or need.  That is what happened this week when I decided I wanted a sleeve to slip my iPad into when I am on the go.  I could have bought one I suppose, but I couldn’t find one just like I wanted and none of them were very “me”.  Instead I decided to make one with some of my favorite prints from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric collection.  This is a super simple sewing project, if you can sew a straight line, you can make this sleeve!  It is also very quick, it took less than two hours from start to finish.

Supplies:

  • Fabric: Eclectic Elements- Dictionary Neutral and Red, Measurements Neutral; wool felt; cotton batting; fusible interfacing; heat set fabric adhesive; Phoomph
  • Dies: Word Play, Love Struck
  • Trim: Ruler Ribbon, Linen Ribbon; thin double fold bias tape
  • Embellishmetns: Word Band
  • Ink: Vintage Photo
  • Tools: Ink Blending Tool; sewing machine; iron; needle with embroidery floss

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Begin by tracing the outer edges of your device on a piece of plain white paper.  If you plan to use a cover on your device while in the sleeve, be sure to place those on the device before tracing.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Use a ruler to make the traced lines straight.  Cut out the traced pattern and adhere it to a larger piece of scrap paper.  Add 1/2″ to each side and the bottom of the traced pattern.  Add 1″ to the top edge.  Use this assembled piece as a cutting pattern.  My finished pattern for an iPad is 8 3/4″ wide by 11 3/8″ tall.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Cut two piece os fabric and two pieces of cotton batting using the pattern.  (Fabric shown- Eclectic Elements Dictionary Red.)

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Trim an additional 1/2″ from top edge of the two batting pieces.  Adhere the two batting pieces to the back sides of the two fabric pieces using a heat set adhesive like Heat n Bond.  The edge with the trimmed batting will be the top edge of the sleeve.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Cut a piece of fabric to create a front pocket for the sleeve.  The pocket size can be any size that you need. Add 1/2″ to each side of the pocket for folding and a seem allowance.  My pocket 8 3/4″ wide by 8″ tall.  (Fabric shown- Measurements Neutral)

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Adhere heat fusible interfacing to the back side of the pocket fabric.  Fold, pin, and press 1/2″ on each side of the pocket.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Sew a piece of Ruler Ribbon along the top edge of the pocket.  Distress Ink can be brushed on the ribbon and stitching with an ink blending tool to add a bit of age to the ribbon.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Adhere heat set fusible interfacing to the back side of a scrap of fabric.  Die cut a shape from the fabric.  I love hearts so I chose my favorite Tim Holtz Heart from the Love Struck die.  Adhere the die cut onto a scrap of cotton batting.  Use pinking sheers to trim around the heart.  Adhere a piece of wool felt to a piece of Phoomph (adhesive foam for fabrics and sewing).  Die cut a monogram letter using your favorite Tim Holtz Bigz alphabet die.  I chose the T on the Word Play die.  Adhere the letter to the front of the heart.  Sew the heart onto the front of the pocket.  (Fabric Shown- Dictionary Neutral)

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Pin the pocket onto the front of one of the two fabric pieces.  Sew along the sides and bottom of the pocket.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Add smaller pockets to the larger pocket by simply stitching dividers on the pocket through the pocket and the front of the sleeve.  If you add a narrow pocket for a pen or stylus, add a bottom as well to keep the pen from falling to the bottom of the long and narrow pocket.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Sew the two red pieces of fabric with batting together.  The printed sides of the fabric should be facing each other.  Sew along the two sides and along the bottom.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Trim a notch out of the two bottom corners to reduce the bulk in the corners.  Be sure to not clip through the stitching. Turn the sleeve right side out.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Sew thin double fold bias tape to the edge of the fabric on the sleeve opening.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Fold the fabric over to the inside of the sleeve along the top edge of the batting.  Press in place with an iron and pin.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Sew Linen Ribbon to the outside of the sleeve just below the top edge.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

The stitching line for the outside trim will secure the fold which creates a nice finished inside edge.  The edge will be durable and secure as you slide your tablet in and out of the sleeve.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Sew additional embellishments as desired to the outside of the sleeve using a needle with embroidery floss.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

I love how easy this type of pocket is to create. It is so simple to construct and even easier to customize for specific tools like pens and styluses.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

To me, the best part of handcrafting is being able to make something that is unique and perfect for my taste and style.

Eclectic Elements Tablet Sleeve by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Next I think I need to create a matching Eclectic Elements tote bag to go along with my iPad sleeve.  It is way too fabulous to go in just any old tote bag!

Tammy

 

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can
click the links below to purchase online…
(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Eclectic Elements Fat Eighths- Documention (ie|sss)

 

Eclectic Elements Fat Eighths- Labels (ie|sss)

 

Linen Ribbon (IE|SSS)

 

Word Bands (SSS|IE)

 

Word Play Die (IE|SSS)

 

Love Struck die (ie|sss)

 

Vintage Photo Distress Ink (IE|SSS)

 

Mini Ink Blending Tool (IE|SSS)

 

Blending Tool (IE|SSS)

 

Tonic Shears (sss|ie)

 

Vagabond (IE|SSS)

 

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