While I am waiting for some hardware to turn up in order to complete the carry bag, I have been working on a leather sleeve for my new Apple iPad. Â The intention is that the iPad lives in the sleeve, which is in turn carried in the bag.
I started by selecting two pieces of leather and tracing the shape of the iPad on to these, adding a 5mm seam margin on one, and a 10mm seam on the other. Â The smaller piece sits against the screen of the iPad, and the larger piece follows the curved contour of the iPad back, hence it needs to be somewhat larger. Â I didn’t happen to capture any images of this stage – sorry.
The next step was to use some strong waxed linen thread and a sharp leather awl to double-needle stitch the two pieces together using two needles at once. Â Start from the open end on each side and stitch down to the bottom corners first. Â Then insert the iPad and use it as a former (carefully!) when stitching the bottom seam. Â You’ll need to stretch the leather over the curved shape of the iPad to get a good fit.
I then hemmed the edges of a piece of left over canvas from the WWII bag to use as a flap. Â The corners of the flap are also folded and stitched over. Â Once again by hand because my sewing machine skills are non-existent. Â When I get some time I will attach the flap to the sleeve – but another project has come up in the meantime…