If you wish you had more hands or precariously prop up your tablet or iPad when you’re using it to watch TV or look at a recipe or tutorial, then this Tablet Holder Tutorial will be right up your street! Filled with mini polystyrene beads, the bean bag style will mean that you can easily squish on your tablet to hold it exactly where you need it.
You’ll love how easy it is to make and how quickly you can make one – it’s also a great stash buster, using less that a fat quarter! Here’s how to do it:
- 11 x 18 inch piece of fabric
- Polystyrene beads
- Matching or contrasting thread
- Tape measure
- Tailors Chalk (or pencil)
- Set Square, T Square, or Perspex Patchwork Ruler to get the perfect right angle
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Overlocker (optional)
- Using your ruler or similar, cut out your fabric rectangle
- Fold it in half lengthways with the right side of your fabric facing inwards (to look at your fabric, it will now be 5.5 x 18 inches) and pin in place
- Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew along the 18 inch length (I used my overlocker to make sure the seam was strong)
- To sew up one of the shorter ends, you’ll need to stitch the other way; by this, I mean your stitched/overlocked line will run downwards in the centre of one of your sides
- When you have sewn along the second edge, you’ll see you have a T shape of stitches (see photo)
- Turn your Tablet Holder the right way and press with your iron
- Two thirds fill your Holder with the beads
- At the open end, turn in 1cm of fabric and pin along the line. This should be stitched the opposite way to the other short end, with a 0.5cm seam allowance (like you would for a top stitch)
- Tie off your ends securely and cut close to your knot for a neat finish
Can you see why you sewed your closing stitches the opposite way to the other end? If you had sewn along the same line, you would have had a bean bag pillow. I did this and realised my mistake too late. By sewing them the opposite way, you have a little peak at the one end to hold up your tablet.
These went down a storm as presents at Christmas as tablets and iPads are so commonplace now in almost everyone’s homes – definitely a present that is suitable for (and loved by!) all ages. If you’ve got a spare half hour, why not make your own? Just be careful when you’re filling your beanbag as the beads can have a habit of going everywhere if you overpour…they’re also a nightmare to scoop up as the static from them means they will cling to everything!
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