As most of you know we are renovating at the moment.  It has been talk for a long time and now it is finally happening, although very slowly.  Apart from fixing up our family space we are building an extra room just for me…and you!  It’s part of the house but its a room that will be filled with all things sewing and I don’t need to pack it up after every lesson.  (Squeal) I can’t wait!

So whilst this is all happening we have had to move in with my parents (and Im sure most of you are cringing right now), but honestly it has been really wonderful.  The hardest part is living away from my work (I am still running classes from my home).  Last year I had in my mind that I need to find a studio away from home as I felt somewhat swamped.  Now that I am away from work, I realise how important it is for me to in fact work from home.  I also feel extremely disorganised and am constantly wondering where items are…I have to ask myself, is it at home, at mum and dads or in storage?  I have recently counted up  several seam rippers between home and my parents place…they are everywhere!  On my bedside cabinet, in my beside cabinet, in my car, one in my bag and a few in the classroom (home).  And notes, I love writing notes to remind myself things and then find myself collecting several pieces of paper or notebooks.  Time to get more organised, I have a new term starting soon and absolute beginners joining me next week…iPad and my new ZAP book, big enough to hold plenty of notes.  Now I just need a cover so they don’t get ruined.

I decided to make a quilted cover with different fabrics, with different textures.  I have used velour, silk, cotton, corduroy and a cotton/linen blend.



A bit of quilting done here.


I also quilted all around the radios, however my pictures do not show it very well.


Do you have a collection of batting scraps?  Me too!  Just piece them together and hand stitch them to make one large piece.



I even left the selvedge in, I couldn’t bare to cut it off, this one was soft and fluffy.


And this fabric came from some old kimono pieces.  This is silk and to die for, just stunning.  Thankfully I have plenty more, it would look great as a cushion!

If you would like to make one let me know and I can assist with fabric amounts etc.


2 Responses to “iPad and Zap Book Cover”

  1. Francine from Quebec Canada

    Hello, I would like to know if there is a easy way to measure the exact size of the front/back to cover any book and the seem allowance you use.
    Thank you

    • missmarysews

      Hi Francine

      I measure the width plus the height, plus 1-2cm – depending on how fitted you would like it, plus 2cm (1cm seam allowance either side).
      Then I measure the length plus the height, plus however much I would like it turn over the book, plus 2cm (1cm seam allowance at the top and at the bottom).
      Please ask any questions if you need.


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