Learn to Sew – iPad Case with Ruffles

by Erin W

Create this cute iPad case with front ruffle and snap button. Plus, you can also embroider this free 130 mm x 150 mm (5″ x 7″) Koi Fish design thanks to John Deer and his Ultimate Stash Collection.


What you will Need

Print out the free downloadable iPad Case pattern (pdf, 538kb) Make sure to press “print to scale” when printing.

  • 0.7m x .35m outer fabric – thicker fabrics such as denim, linen or cotton blends would be ideal.
  • 0.7 x 0.5m lining & ruffle fabric – cotton or cotton blends would be ideal.
  • 0.7 m x 0.35m thin wadding material or iron-on pellon.
  • 1 x button – to match your lining/ruffle material.
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread

Cut out your Fabric Pieces

Match the pattern pieces together with the same letter and number. Following the pattern and cut out your fabric pieces including:

  • 1 x outer fabric
  • 1 x lining fabric
  • 1 x wadding or iron-on pellon
  • 1 x ruffle

Your fabric parts should resemble the photo shown below.


Embroidering the Koi Fish


John Deer has supported this project by giving away this free Ultimate Stash Koi embroidery design (zip, 409kb) to be used on the back of this iPad case. This design is just one of the 24,000 designs available when you sign up to a yearly plan, allowing unlimited 24/7 downloads. Find out more about the Ultimate Stash 12 Month Embroidery Subscription.

To embroider this on the back we have indicated the embroidery center marker shown on the pattern piece below. Place two pins on the fabric to mark the center of the design.


Otherwise you can measure 15 cm from the side and 33.75cm from the bottom edge to get the center point as shown below.


If you print out the embroidery design layout (shown below) included in the free download, you can then pin your embroidery design onto your fabric to give you a better idea on positioning. Place the recommended stabiliser underneath your fabric. For this thicker denim material I have used the Echidna Soft Away Stabiliser. Arrange the hoop in place, making sure to line up the center lines with your embroidery design (as shown below).

Place your hoop into your embroidery machine and match up the layout on your machine to the design. Remove the paper and any pins and start your embroidery design, choosing the colours to match your lining. I have chosen Hemingworth Pure White #1001 and Tangerine #1020 thread.


Creating the Ruffle

Start by making sure your ruffle piece has been ironed flat.


Fold it over, so that the correct right sides of the fabric are together. Match up the edges as shown below.


Pin and sew 1.5 cm (5/8″) along the unfinished edge (as shown below).


Turn inside out and iron flat. Make sure that the seam line is in the center (as shown below).


To create the ruffle we are going to sew two gathers. First, on the machine, set your straight stitch length settings to ‘5’, as shown below.


Place your fabric so that you are sewing 1.5 cm (5/8″) to the right of the centre seam line. Pull the upper and bobbin thread out about 10 cm (4″) in length. This will ensure you have enough thread to use for your gathering. Stitch to the end of the fabric and again leave about 10 cm (4″) at the end before you cut your thread.


Sew another line 1.5 cm (5/8″) to the left of the seam centre. Again leave 10 cm (4″) of thread on either side of the fabric.


On one of the fabric edges tie the tread into a knot. On the opposite side pull the two upper pieces of thread to slowly create your gather. Pull it along gently to ensure the ruffle draws up evenly all the way through your fabric to the opposite end.


Once you have enough of a ruffle through your fabric you can pin it onto the front of your iPad case. Use the pattern piece to figure out the placement of where the center of the front flap is. This placement line is where you want to pin your ruffle to the front of your iPad case.


You can hide the ruffle seam line by placing it face down onto your fabric so it isn’t showing. However in this version, I wanted to highlight it as an extra feature so I have pinned it onto the fabric facing up, as shown below.


On your machine choose your zigzag stitch. You might want to do a test zigzag onto a scrap piece of material to get your settings correct first.


We want to now zigzag onto the ruffle to secure it onto the iPad case. The zigzag should stitch either side of the center seam line.


Once that has been sewn on, you can carefully unpick the gather stitching. It might be easier to unpick it from the back so that you don’t accidentally unpick the zigzag stitch just completed, as shown below.

Now your ruffle has been completed.


Sewing the iPad Case

Using the pattern piece, fold the right sides of the iPad material together, up to the fold line only (as shown below). Pin the two sides together.


Place the wadding underneath the lining material or iron it onto the wrong side of the lining if you’ve chosen iron-on pellon. Now fold it up to the fold line with the right sides of the lining material facing each other, as shown below.


Now stitch a straight line 1.5 cm (5/8″) up either side, as shown below.


Sew the two sides on both the iPad outer case and the lining, as shown below.


Cut the corners of the fabric away, making sure not to accidentally cut the stitch line, as shown below.


Leave the iPad outer case as is. Turn the lining and wadding case inside out, as shown below.


Now fit the iPad lining case into the iPad outer case, as shown below.


The right sides of the inner and outer fabrics of the iPad case will be facing each other.


Mark two pins at the top of the iPad case, as shown below. The area between these two pins will be left un-stitched so that you can pull the fabric through at the very end.


We will now be sewing along the marked area. The easiest way to do this is to pin the wadding fabric along the inside, as shown below.


Stitch along the edge. You might need to stitch more than 1.5 cm ( 5/8″) depending on how thick your wadding material is.

Once you hit the corners sew down along the seam and then stop about 1 inch past the edge. Then pivot your stitch line to form a right angle and continue stitching, as shown below.



Continue stitching (repeating the above step on the second corner) until you get to the second pin. Leaving an un-stitched gap between the two pins, as shown below.


Carefully cut away the excess edge fabric.


Cut into the two corners, making sure not to cut the stitch line. You can also cut along the outside corner edges to ensure a better finish once you’ve turned it inside out.


Now place your hand into the opening and pull all of the outer and lining fabric through.


Place your hand in and push out all the corners for a better finish. Also push out all of the edges as best you can.



Iron all of the edges flat so that the iPad case sits nicely.


Hand Stitch the opening closed.


Adding the Front Snap or Stitched Button

Mark the front of your iPad case with a pin. This is where you are going to sew a button or place your snap, as shown below. In this photo, red is the snap and blue is the direction of your buttonhole.


Snaps are ideal for a project like this as it finishes it off quickly, easily and makes it look very professional. Below is a picture of the snap machine where you simply add the front and back snap to your desired fabric.


However, you can also choose to add a button to your iPad case to match the lining. To do this, place your button into the back of your buttonhole foot, pull the buttonhole lever down and select your desired buttonhole setting on your machine. You can mark with a pin where you want your button to start.

When you are inserting the opening into the buttonhole a good tip is to insert a pin before the end of the stitching to ensure you don’t accidentally slice too far.


Hand stitch your button in place and your iPad case is finished!



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