Here’s a big list of free patterns and tutorials for making covers, cases and sleeves for an Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle (the designs will work well for netbooks and other gadgets too). I have separated them into two groups but since the devices are very similar in size and shape, they can easily be used for one or the other with minimal adjustment.
Felt: Pocket style made with thick collar felt (clever!) and lined.
Easy Fleece Cozy: Made with fleece in color of your choice, thick interfacing. You’ll also find frame template to download (pdf).
Fat Quarters: This slipcase features a fold over top and outer pocket. Made with two fat quarters and lined with batting.
Waterproof: Uses thin (but tough) waterproof material and velcro…pocket style.
Padded: Nice and simple design that fits so snugly that there is no need for any type of closure. Your device won’t be going anywhere. Lined with foam and flannel.
Three Ways: There are three variations so you can choose the one that best suits your style.
Padded: Has a zipped pocket in the back to hold your phone and has room enough for headphones, a stylus, etc.
With Strap: Has a removable cross-body shoulder strap, snap closure and outer pockets.
Padded: Custom fit for your device, has a foldover flap with velcro tabs and ribbon strap closure (with d-rings).
Knit Cabled: A lovely design with a foldover flap and button closure, there’s an e-reader version available as well (referenced below).
Tablet Coverlet: Features a padded lining and fold-over flap (with band across the top to secure in place).
Fabric Tote: A simple, functional bag that will hold a tablet and has inner pockets for accessories (such as a wireless keyboard).
4 Different Styles: Designs are different for each sleeve, choose from fabric strips across the front, diagonal in corners or along the bottom.
Snowflake or Tulip (crochet): Snowflake design for the iPad, Tulip design for the Kindle.
Patchwork: Envelope pouch-style with side flap, velcro closure. Flap template download (via pdf).
Book-Style: This is nice because you can read it without removing it, plus it provides protection without much extra weight or bulky padding.
Crochet: Also includes directions for lining it.
The Bookkeeper: Can also hold any paperback book that measures less than 9″ x 6″ and isn’t too thick. If the book is thicker it needs to measure approximately 5″ x 7″ inches.
Patchwork: This has a finished size of 8.5 x 6 inches and fits a device 7.5 x 5 inches or a similar-sized e-reader.
Knit Sock: A simple ribbing design that slips over the device like a sock.
Foldover Flap: Pocket style with foldover flap, lined with flannel and batting for extra protection.
Simple: Lined with soft flannel and has a button and elastic loop closure.
Velveteen Clutch: A hand-stitched velveteen bag with a simple D-ring strap. Finished size measures approximately 5.5″ x 9″ x 0.6″.
Lined Knit: Two strands of yarn are worked using a horizontal herringbone stitch, lining optional.
Vinyl & Fleece: Features inner pockets and a velcro tabbed strap closure.
If you’re making this as a gift and don’t have your hands on the device, here are the dimensions for each (along with links to the official sites, please double check since things may have changed since I last updated this page)…
- iPad Dimensions: apple.com (version 2) Height: 9.50″ (241.2 mm); Width: 7.31″ (185.7 mm); Depth: 0.34″ (8.8 mm)…(original) Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm); Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm); Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
- Kindle Dimensions: amazon.com: (removed) Check the page since there are assorted models out now (Touch, DX, Fire, etc.), scroll down page a bit and you’ll find the dimensions you need.
Also checkout these goodies for laptops, you’ll find more inspiration there.