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Birthday leather iPad case

26 March 2012, 18:36

Yesterday was my birthday, and I wanted to start the year off right, so I got up early and ran the Sport Relief 6 mile run down on The Mall, and I’m happy to report that I ran a new PB of 46:38 for the 10k! Though I have my doubts as to whether the course was entirely accurate, since this is a full 5 minutes faster than before…

Then I came home and enjoyed the glorious sunshine, cupcakes, and the pressies James had in store for me – luscious new Wolfords, a beautiful hardback copy of Habibi, and a cool lunchbag that mimics the old school brown paper bags.

Oh, but there was one more thing…

So of course I had to sew a case for it!

I wanted something more classy than crafty, so I used bronze/black leather from the obi belt (which I actually hardly wear and is too big now!) and it’s lined with black sweatshirting leftover from James’s sweatshirt from a few Christmases ago.

I measured up the ipad and then cut the leather to be two conjoined rectangles of 21cmx26cm, plus about 6cm more length on one side for a closing flap, plus a facing (only because I didn’t have enough leather to do a self-facing

I used long strips of velcro (sewn on) for the closure, making sure the soft loops are on the flap so the iPad doesn’t get scratched as you slide it in!

Detail of the leather and the topstitching:

Apologies for the flash, but it’s the only way you could really see the sweatshirt lining!

And I’m on a plane right now tapping this post out on said iPad, that’s how busy I’ve been the past few days! Apologies for fewer links and more typos than usual!

I always make myself something nice and special to wear for my birthday each year…

Past Birthdays

32nd – Manequim silk blouse:

31st – LMB draped birthday dress in teal silk jersey:

30th – Green silk birthday dress using a Burda magazine pattern a emerald green silk satin:

29th – A bolero and jeans, on which I put the outline of the Thames on the back pockets, and lined the bolero with some vintage apron fabric from my Granny:

28th – I was homeless and living out of a suitcase in my boyfriend’s parents’ house, watching the Shipping Forecast every single day, hoping for good weather to sail our boat across the North Sea. My sewing machine was in storage, so I couldn’t make a new outfit, and frankly, ALL I wanted was for our boat to arrive. And it did, on the evening of my birthday.

27th – New Look 6429 in a fun sparkly knit from Walthamstow Market (and then about three days later decided to lose all that excess weight for good!).

26th – (probably the first year I was really into sewing) my favourite vest pattern with a red vinyl square neckband:

Does anyone else share the same birthday sewing tradition?

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  1. Happy Belated Birthday!

    — Rosie    Mar 26, 09:27 PM    #
  2. Happy Happy Birthday! I remember the outfits, back to the 30th definitely, maybe the 29th as well.

    Nancy Karpen    Mar 26, 10:15 PM    #
  3. Happy Birthday! What an accomplishment, to run a race on your special day (even if the results may be off) and make a nest for your new iPad! I bought myself a new camera with Xmas money yesterday day had a new bag/case is in the works. Well done all around!

    — M Kate    Mar 26, 11:06 PM    #
  4. Happy birthday.

    velosewer    Mar 26, 11:21 PM    #
  5. Happy Birthday! I wish you everything that you wish to yourself, health, joy, pleasant surprises, and happy sewing!

    MySummerTouch    Mar 27, 01:48 AM    #
  6. Happy Birthday!!! I remember many of your past birthday outfits. BTW… you are looking younger each year :)

    — Marlies    Mar 27, 02:18 AM    #
  7. Happy Birthday! I also make birthday outfits for myself. It’s a fun tradition.
    Oh, and well done on the run!

    — Frances    Mar 27, 07:59 AM    #
  8. Happy Birthday. What I want to know is where do you get all your energy!! Whatever it is I want some. I hope you end up loving your iPad as much as I do. In fact I only discovered your site when I got mine. Although I have sewn for years sewing blogs were totally not on my radar. Now I am addicted. So thanks for all your helpful info – it is appreciated.

    — SHEREE    Mar 27, 01:14 PM    #
  9. Happy B-day! I hope you had a great day. I always love comming back to your blog. I admire your work and positive atitude … you are an inspiration to us all. I think I`m gonna make the same birthday sewing tradition like you. :D Chears!

    Melita    Mar 28, 08:37 AM    #
  10. Happy Birthday!!
    Your James is very sweet for surprising you like that!
    I want to send you a birthday present. can you send me your mail address?

    Libby    Mar 28, 08:44 AM    #
  11. Belated Happy Birthday! Good to see you are still sewing a gift for yourself. You might remember I decided I would do the same for me last year – when I get the jacket made I wont know if it is belated for last year or early for this!
    Well done on the Sport Relief 10k. A very good time.

    Kim Hood    Mar 31, 05:45 PM    #

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