For some time I have had a former suit jacket in my stash waiting for inspiration to strike. When I saw a great clutch bag on instructables from a former jacket (see here) I knew I had to dig it out and have a play:)
Inspired I decided to play with the idea of an upcycled tablet case using the collar of the jacket as a closing flap. My work are currently issuing some staff with tablets, perhaps an opportunity to make a few sales?
Firstly I worked out the dimensions for the finished case and cut out fusible fleece this size. This then worked as a pattern piece when laying out the sleeve of the jacket and the collar.
I folded the side edges of the collar, pinning then hand stitching closed. I added a button hole for button closure of the upcycled tablet case.
I utilized the fold of the collar as the fold over closure, tacking this in place before sewing up in usual tablet case fashion! Naturally I used a shirt for the lining:)
Frustratingly the collar curled up at the edges.
I spray starched the collar to assist with laying flat. Then added velcro under the corner edges.
This has made a significant difference, but I wish I knew why it curled at the edges in the first place! As you can see adding some top stitching at the last minute has brought out details, complimenting the original features from the jacket.
If you would like a tutorial for a tablet case I have one here. Any suggestions as to why the collar curled or how to prevent it in future gratefully received:)