Upcycled tablet case – Creative fun with a former jacket

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?

Jacket Upcycled tablet case

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.

Fabric placement, design ideas for tablet case cover

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.

Turn collar edges in

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.

UPcycled Tablet case in progress

I spray starched the collar to assist with laying flat. Then added velcro under the corner edges.

Upcycled Tablet Case, closure using button and velcro

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.

Hand sticthing empahsized jacket details

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:)




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  1. Betty Harden
    February 7, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I think it has to do with the straight grain of the fabric was changed whic caused the curl. I do not have any suggestions to correct it, except watch where the grain is after up cycling. You did a nice job on this.

  2. February 7, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    This is so clever and creative. I have no idea about the curling but I wonder if you could do something another time so there was a little more give or ease in the outside of the flap compared to the inside, would that help?
    Anyway, your finished product looks great and that top stitching is a lovely finishing touch.
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    February 8, 2016 / 11:08 am

    Oooo! I love THIS!! — Don’t let Armani see this post or else they’ll get ideas!

  4. February 8, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    How clever! It looks really smart! I’ve begun venturing into the scary (for me!) world of sewing over the past few weeks. My lovely fella spoilt me over xmas with a Brother Computerised sewing machine so I’ve taken baby steps by doing basic alterations to a pile of clothes that I loved but didnt quite fit properly. I’ll have to look through some of your previous posts for tutorials and inspiration!

  5. February 9, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Love this great upcycling refashion. Great use of details from the jacket and love the top-stitching. Cheers, Michele

  6. February 11, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    This is a really great idea for an upcycle! I love how you kept some of the jacket details which makes the look of the case even more fun.

  7. February 12, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I absolutely love this! Great details from an upcycle!

  8. February 18, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Fun! I love how you used the collar as the flap. Very creative thinking!
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  9. February 19, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    What a great recycling project, and a very stylish way to carry your tablet around.

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