Friday Finds – a list of tutorials on DIY gadget covers

Hooray – I have decided to re-start my Friday Finds posts.  This means that I provide a list of tutorials that you can use to make your own handmade whatevers.  (That is a technical term we bloggers use.)

Today I am cheating a little.  In my monthly newsletter (have you subscribed yet?  Why not!  Go on – over there on the right hand side!) for this month I included a list of links to tutorials for making iPad, lap-top and other gadget covers.  I was motivated to do this after I made my own laptop bag for my new laptop, affectionately named Reeba Toshiba.  I have roadtested the bag a few times now and am very happy with it.

Lap-top bag from re-purposed denim, leather and cotton

Front of my Lap-top bag from re-purposed denim, leather and cotton





Back of the lap top bag

Back of the lap top bag

Lining and strap detail of the lap top bag


I plan to prepare a tutorial so that you can make your own, but in the meantime wanted to share some of the tutorials that I have gathered to gain ideas and inspiration on how to make your own gadget covers.

Tablet covers

A felt envelope case with a difference Purl Bee adapts to gadgets of different shapes and sizes.

Nancy’s Notions has a tutorial for making an Ipad cover that folds over the tablet to protect it.

A great tutorial that can be adjusted to fit a variety of tablets and gadgets is found in a guest post by Lindsay from Inspiring Creations on U-Create.

Jessi from Practically Functional has a tutorial for making an iPad stand and cover using a hard cover from a binder folder.

A different take on making a cover from a book is found on the V Spot blog in their free tutorial.

Creative Home Expressions has a tutorial on how to make a sleeve for a Kindle that closes with a loop and button.

Sew for Home have a pattern for an iPad or tablet case with a difference – it has pockets and room to carry a mobile phone along with the tablet. 

Dollarstore Crafts have a tutorial on making a gadget cover from a pair of old jeans.  (And you know how much I love repurposing denim!)  

Laptop covers and bags

A tutorial on Curbly uses placemats to make a laptop cover. 

On the Handmade Wagon you will find a tutorial for a laptop case that has a gusset (you know – a seperate piece that goes around the sides).

The Crafty Kitty has a tutorial for making an organice canvas laptop sleeve that closes with a button and loop.

Craft Habit has a tutorial to make a lap top bag with a strap.

Other lists

If you haven’t found something that you love in any of these links, then you can have a look at the list I have gather on my Pinterest board – Gadget Cases DIY or look at these lists that other sites have put together.

Sew Mama Sew – Gifts for gadget lovers

Shelterness – 15 Really cool DIY iPad covers

Topinspired – Top 10 DIY Laptop/iPad Sleeves

BuzzFeed – 28 Adorable DIY Gadget cases

I hope that you find something that inspires you to make your own case!

8 thoughts on “Friday Finds – a list of tutorials on DIY gadget covers

    1. a little bird

      I am a huge fan of using jeans pockets – they are already a great size for holding things, are normally the least worn part of a pair of jeans, and have so many uses! I put pockets on the flap and the back of my laptop case and they are perfect for carrying the power cord, mouse, pens, USBs etc. (Until I tip it upside down accidently and everything tumbles out – but that is an operator flaw, not a design flaw!)

  1. R

    Oh, handmade bags galore in beautiful fabrics and upcycled materials. This is like sewing porn designed especially for me. Drool. Must Go And Wash Up Now. No really. But I will be back.

    1. a little bird

      I think that might be one of the best compliments I have had “sewing porn designed especially for me’!!! Look forward to seeing you back!

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  3. Melinda Meehan

    Thank you for sharing, I’m so happy I found your blog. I’m new to sewing and using the computer (figured it was time to join the 21st love the bags you make , I just installed my first concealed zipper (thanks to your easy to follow tutorial) Looking at your bags is an inspiration for me, I just love sewing bags now.

    1. a little bird

      Thank you so much Melinda! Welcome to the blog, and to the addictive world of sewing! I started in a similar way – found a blog that had tips and patterns and went from there! If you have any questions feel free to email me (details on the contact page). And beware the fabric buying addiction – it can sneak up on you!


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