Tablet Case Tutorial

Tablet Case 2.0-2

So, a million years ago I promised a tutorial for my tablet case.  I did actually complete it and I even had it tested by five wonderful ladies.  They sent me wonderful reports with info on their experiences with the tutorial.  And then those reports just sat there.  I’ve been so busy with work stuff (is it surprising that Easter is a busy time in the church?) and then I got sucked into the fun of Project Run & Play.  So, I still haven’t updated my original tutorial after the testing.   However, I really want to get this tutorial up and out so here it is!


This tutorial is for a fabric tablet/e-reader case with removable boards so the case is completely washable.

It stands up at two heights so you can prop your device up on a table or counter.


And I have included a size table to fit just about any tablet/e-reader on the market.

******Download the complete tutorial here.  Tablet Case Tutorial******

If you should have any questions while making your lovely case, please feel free to email me at sewinharmony (at) gmail (dot) com.  I am always glad to help!  I would also love to see your creations.  If you make a case, please add your pictures to my Flickr Pool!

***UPDATE***  I have added a few new devices to this tutorial.  I now have the measurements for the following devices:
Samsung Tab 10.1
Samsung Tab 7.0
Nook Color
Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Touch
Kindle Paperwhite
Lenovo IdeaTab
Pandigital Star
Asus Transformer 10.1
Nexus 7

****UPDATE AGAIN**** There are now so many devices on the market that I simply cannot keep up with all the requests for personalized measurements.  However, I have created a handy-dandy Google Drive spreadsheet where you can input your own measurements to get the correct calculations for your own device.  You can view the calculator here: Sew in Harmony Tablet Case Measurement Calculator.

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56 Comments on “Tablet Case Tutorial

  1.  by  aly

    Oh my! This is awesome! I’m going to make one for our brand new asus transformer tablet!
    You are genius! I am so glad you did this so I don’t have to come up with a much less perfect project! 🙂
    I just have to convert the sizes for the dimensions of our tablet though.. did you us a specific “trick”? like for example based on the width, add 1/8 inch etc…?

    •  by  Harmony

      Hi Aly, Thanks! I’m glad you like and will find it usefull! I’ve sent you an email with the measurements you’ll need. Please do let me know if you have questions and I would love to see pictures of the completed case. You can upload them to my Flickr group…

  2.  by  Lindsay

    I could use measurements for the transformer as well. I am thinking the Samsung measurements will work if I add 1/8 inch to each piece. I am excited to try this pattern!!

  3.  by  Deb

    I’m planning on making this today for my new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. I’m probably going to have to make some size adjustments – would you like me to email them to you? I’ll post pictures and blog about it when I’m done 🙂

  4.  by  Deb

    I am getting a Nexus 7 soon, and I thought that I would like to make my cover. Have you ever thought of using plastic canvas instead of cardboard so that it doesn’t have to come out? I have used it for purses before and loved it, but I wondered if you didn’t use it for a reason.

    •  by  Harmony

      Hey Deb, That is a great idea! I actually never thought about using plastic canvas…but that would work really well. Thanks for the tip…maybe I will try that for my next cover. 🙂

      •  by  Heather

        Hey I tried to do your steps for the case and I found board 3 on the galaxy note 10.1 to be an inch short in width . Other than that I loved your post thanks for the inspiration.

  5.  by  Nathalie

    Thank you for the tutorial!! I can’t wait to make this for my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (great thing you have the measurements!!) I had a question/idea: I have a bluetooth keyboard for my tablet- any idea on how I could include that, perhaps a pouch or another corner holding flap? Since you’ve definitely got this down I was hoping for your expert opinion! =) Oh if you did come up with something and have a chance could you do another tutorial (just for the additional steps if it’s almost the same). Thank you very much, I’m still a beginner at sewing, so my judgment may not be the best! If you need more information on my keyboard let me know!

    •  by  Harmony

      Hi Nathalie,
      I think it could be easy to create a little pouch on the outside of your case…you could cut a piece of matching or coordinating fabric out and just make a pocket to fit your keyboard. I am sorry that I don’t have time to create another tutorial for that right now. 🙁 My life has been really crazy the past couple months and I have a ton going on. Maybe in the spring… In the meantime, if you do figure something out I would love to see it!
      Good luck and let me know if you have questions while sewing…I am always happy to help!

    •  by  Heather

      Add an inch to the width of board 3 if not the cover has a gap. I also used clear elastic for the straps to see the screen better. Awesome tutorial though. Many ways to add to it . I loved the inspiration.

  6.  by  Alyssa

    Hi Harmony!

    I was hoping to make this for my Samsung galaxy tab 7.0. Do you think you could help me with measurements on that device?


    •  by  Harmony

      Hey Alyssa,
      I double checked my measurements and the ones I had should actually be for the Tab 7.0 NOT the 7.7. That must have been a typo or something. Double check my measurements to the measurements of your device, but they should be correct. If you have questions please let me know!

  7.  by  Paula Callan

    This is the best tutorial I have found online! By chance are the measurements for the Kindle Fire HD the same as the Kindle Fire? Thanks so much for all the hard work you’ve put into these patterns.

    •  by  Harmony

      Hi Paula,
      Thanks so much! I looked up the specs for the Kindle Fire HD and it is almost an inch wider than the regular Fire. I added the measurements to my chart, so you should be good to go! Please let me know if you have questions or run into problems. I am always glad to help!

  8.  by  Paula Callan

    Thanks So Much! I just looked on your measurement spreadsheet and didn’t see the Kindle Fire HD measurements. Maybe it just hasn’t updated? (I’m not techno genius, LOL) I’ll check it later. Can’t wait to get started. I’ll send you a pic of my finished products.

  9.  by  Amy

    I love your tutorial, it’s awesome! Have any tips on how to round the corners so perfectly? Cut it round first?

    •  by  Harmony

      Hi Amy, Thanks so much! I actually didn’t cut it that way, though you could. I simply stitched a curved line instead of 90 degree angle at the corners and trimmed the excess material. If “free-handing” it that way makes you worry, you could always use a round corner you like and draw the stitching line on with chalk or a fabric marker. Then all you have to do is follow the line. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have other questions…I am happy to help!

  10.  by  Lori

    Hi I love your tablet case. I am going to make two for my kids for Christmas. I bought them the 7 in jazz tablet. I am hoping the measurements will work. Thank you

    •  by  Harmony

      Hi Lori, I am glad you like it. If you look at the top of each column in my measurement sheet you can see the actual dimensions of each tablet. Just measure your actual tablets and round up to the nearest 1/4 inch. And then simply match your measurements to a set on the sheet. Let me know if you have problems with that or if you have any questions while you are constructing them. Good luck!

  11.  by  chrisanna

    Closed > Open >

    Hi Harmony! I just finished up one of these today for a Nexus 7 tablet. Thank you for providing all those measurements and for a very good tutorial. This was going to be a present at Christmas but i really couldn’t wait – I made this for my son and he loves it. He also commented that he can easily store the stylus in the pocket. I see where you would like photos uploaded to Flickr – i relied on my son to attach the photos and he did it some other way…I’ll get back with you later if you need them submitted that way (he probably knows how to do that). Best regards!!

    •  by  Harmony

      Hi Chrisanna, I am so glad it turned out so well! I am terrible about keeping surprises too…which is partly why I am such a bad procrastinator. 🙂 The pictures look great! Thanks!

  12.  by  Karin

    I am in love for your blog and the beautiful work you do! I’m trying to follow your instructions and it’s turning great! Can ‘t wait for the new pattern !

  13.  by  paula

    Hey – I love this, and I am going to be making one for my tablet, but I didn’t see it on the list. It is a Lenovo IdeaTab. I was wondering if you would help me make measurement adjustments? Thanks so much! paula

    •  by  Harmony

      Hey Paula, The best thing to do to start is to actually measure your tablet and then check to see if the measurements match any of the other tablets on the chart. If it doesn’t, then just send them on to me and I will plug your measurements into my formulas and add it to the chart. Just let me know!…

      •  by  paula

        The measurements are 9 1/4 x 6 3/8. I think that the IPad 2 is the closest, but if it is not too much trouble I would like get a tighter fit. I don’t mind doing the math work on the formulas if it is too much of a bother to add this tablet to the chart. Thank you!


        •  by  Harmony

          Hey Paula, I’ve updated the chart to have your device too. Simply re-download the tutorial instructions and the measurements should be included now. Good luck!

  14.  by  Anic

    Thank you so much for sharing this… planning to make one for my Nexus 7. :)

  15.  by  Ashly

    I really want to try this! Could you tell me if you could give me the dimensions for the Nexus 10 for the pattern? Ty for sharing!

  16.  by  Karen Gilmore

    Hello Harmony…I just love this tutorial…I am planning on making one for my grandson, however his mother just informed me that he has a Next Book Tablet…would you have the adjustments for that, by chance? She said it is 8″ across and 6-1/4″ up and down. Thank you so very much! And…congratulations on the new bundle of joy! 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thank you…I am emailing you directly with the measurements for your grandson’s tablet. Good luck!

    •  by  Dianne Williams

      I would also love to have the adjustments for the NextBook 8″ tablet. My granddaughter just received one for Christmas and I would like to make a case for her. Thank you!

      •  by  Harmony

        Hello! I’ve updated the original post with a new measurement chart. This way people can input their own measurements and get the correct calculations for their devices. You’ll find it in the post, or right here.
        Thanks and best of luck!

  17.  by  mikoserena

    Sorry to bother, but would you please send me a set of measurements for an ipad mini? It’s 5.5in x 8in. Thanks so much.

  18.  by  littlehouse0781

    Thanks a ton for the instructions! This was my first ever sewing project and it came out a great success. The instructions were clear and the project was great for my beginner skills 🙂

  19.  by  Jennifer D

    Hello! I am using this tutorial for my new Samsung 10 and I have a question for you: in the cutting instructions for the inside fabric, you call for a 2″ square (found in the column above the 3″ squares). In the instructions for putting the lining and inner fabric together to make the pockets for the boards, you say to put the 2″ inner fabric with the 2nd lining piece. However, the only 2″ piece you say to cut are the 2″ square mentioned above. Do you mean a 2″ x 16″ piece instead? I have worked around this confusion, but I thought you’d want to know ( of course, I could be misunderstanding the cutting instructions and directions…that wouldn’t be the first time! 🙂 )

    Otherwise, I’m finding your tutorial wonderful and very clear! Thank you!

    •  by  Harmony

      Hi Jennifer, Yes…I do mean the 2″ x 16″ piece (at least for your device.) I think I said only the 2″ part of the measurement because long side measurement will vary based on the device. The only square (and not rectangular) pieces you should have are the 3″ squares that will eventually become the triangular holders for the device. Sorry for any confusion! I have never gotten around to editing and clarifying this tutorial more…it does always help to receive comments like this since it will help me when I do finally get around to it! 🙂

  20.  by  Leanne

    The I pad air has dimensions of Height: 9.4 inches (240 mm)
    Width:6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
    Depth:0.29 inch (7.5 mm)

    Would this tablet fit the larger I pad 2 case?

  21.  by  Dian S.

    This is awesome! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. I just got an Idolian mini studio 8. Would you please plug the dimensions into your formula? 8.25″ x 6.5″. Thanks : )

  22.  by  Melissa

    hi! i was wondering what the ipad Mini’s measurements would be? I would love to make one for it using this pattern! Thanks so much!

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  24.  by  Dian

    Hi, I’m trying to use your calculator, however when I put in my measurements 6.5 x8.25, for the binder pieces on board 2 it says to cut 1 @ 3.0 and the second column is blank, and for lining fabric on board cover 2, it says to cut 2 @ 4.0 x 1.0. I’m thinking from looking at your original chart for the common tablets, that the binder piece for board 2 should be 1 @ 3.0 x8.25, and the lining fabric for board cover 2 should be 2@ 4.0×9.25. I don’t know if anyone else is having trouble with the formula in the spread sheet or if it is just me, but thought you would want to know. Thanks, for all your hard work!

  25.  by  Justina

    I love this!! I wanted a case since my children use my tablet more than I do but they are so expensive. This a great pattern and I have everything at home already. I have skipped making covers for the boards so I can replace them with out having to make new covers every time. My question is for the first step of the case interior, what do you mean by the large interior fabric? In the cutting directions I see cutting one for the pocket front but that is it. Are we suppose to cut two of this piece or is there a piece missing?

  26.  by  June

    This is so sweet of you to share how to make a tablet case. I’m gathering the materials together. Not the fastest sewer and working full time, just may take a while. I have the Nexus 7 2013 and wanted a unique case for it.

    Was going to use microfiber cloth for the interior. I just happen to collect buttons (for years) so will find a fun unique one to use. I do have heavy weight upholstery fabric for the outside.

    Would 1/4 inch batting be thick enough for the padding?

  27.  by  nels

    Hi harmony, I have the next book 8 HD and would like to get the measurements!!!
    Thank you

  28.  by  Anouk

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial.Just bought my new galaxy Tab 3 .

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