Herringbone and Denim iPad Sleeve

After I finished reading Sewing to Sell by Virginia Lindsay — an excellent book about running a handmade craft business — there were many patterns provided in it that I wanted to sew. I started with the iPad sleeve since it was a small project and already sized for my iPad 2.

After setting out all of my fabrics to choose a combo for this project, I selected denim and navy/camel herringbone, inspired by this photo from a magazine:

denim navy and camel iPad sleeve inspiration
Casual, classic, and tailored ensemble

I made a few adjustments to the pattern to customize it for my design:

  • used a button harvested from a sport jacket instead of a magnetic snap
  • used denim and herringbone wool blend instead of quilting weight fabric
  • fused interfacing to just the wool blend pieces, not the entire exterior panels

I really like the final result, but I’d consider a few adjustments in the future:

  • increase seam allowance when joining the top panel to bottom panel on exterior pieces
  • increase overall height of the sleeve (my iPad comes just up to the very end of the opening, making it vulnerable to scrapes and nicks)
  • consider fabrics somewhere between the stiff/heavy denim and loosely-woven/soft/thick wool blend so the seams press open crisper and more completely
  • choose topstitching thread that coordinates with the fabrics more subtly