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Make a lined tablet cover with chalkboard pocket

Mariko has been married for 28 years to master carpenter "Bob the Builder", who she brags "really can fix anything". She home-schooled three kids K-12 and is now mother-in-law to two more, with one incredibly adorable grandson. They all ...

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Don't bother with pricey tablet covers when you can make your own. Equipped with a trendy chalkboard for notes and to-do lists, this is one technology accessory that's worth keeping for years to come.

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Phone cover materials:

  • Scrap of wool felt, approx. 4 x 12 inches
  • Sewing machine with contrasting thread or needle and thread

iPad or tablet cover with chalkboard pocket materials:

  • Scrap of wool felt, approx. 7 x 20 inches
  • Scrap of contrasting wool felt, approx. 7 x 5 inches
  • Chalkboard fabric square, 5 x 5 inches
  • Hair tie or 3 inches of elastic
  • One large button



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You’ll need a piece of canvas and cotton for the lining, plus a band of elastic the width of your tablet plus 1 inch.


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Cut your lining and cover piece identically. The width of your tablet plus 1/2 inch on each side, and double the length of your tablet plus 4 inches. Now round out one end for the flap.

Pin elastic to the front top, about 1-1/2 inches down. Top-stitch pocket in place.


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Sew cover and lining pieces right sides together, leaving an opening for turning on the straight side. Clip corners before turning.


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Top stitch the top-front opening closed.


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Iron then fold your cover over and top stitch layers together, starting under the elastic and checking with your tablet to make sure it fits tight.


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Now you have a little flap to tuck into the elastic to close.


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Before using any chalkboard, you need to “season” it to prevent staining. Simply rub a piece of chalk on the board and wipe it off. Now you’re ready for chalk, a chalk marker or a chalk pencil.


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And here’s my happy little collection of tablet covers!

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These are just too much fun!

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Wouldn’t they make great gifts for teachers, hostesses or even the guys in your life?

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