Sew an Easy iPad Pillow or Tablet Stand

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Sew an Easy iPad Pillow or Tablet Stand

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Prop up your iPad, tablet, or cell phone–hands-free–in the cradle area of this Hold-It Sack! These tablet stands, or iPad Pillows, are made from laminated fabric and are ideal to use throughout your home or office. The finished shapes look complicated, but they’re not! They’re all made from rectangular shapes and constructed with easy straight stitching.

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Watch online at Sewing With Nancy, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Part Two).

Finished approximate sizes:

  • Small—4″ x 5-3/4″ x 7-1/2″ depth
  • Large—7″ x 9″ x 9″ depth

Supplies (for small and large sacks)

  • 1/2 yd. laminated cotton
  • 1/8 yd. coordinating cotton fabric
  • 1/2 yd.Wrap ’n Fuse Jumbo Piping (12/32″)
  • 1/2 yd. 1″ Create-a-Strap
  • 6 cups poly pellets, rice, or dried beans
  • 2 cupsfiberfill 
  • Matching all-purpose thread
  • Optional: 1/2 yd. fusible interfacing (if you choose a cotton fabric that is not laminated)
All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Cut fabric (for one large and one small sack)

  • Laminated cotton fabric:
  • Cut one 10″ x 12″ rectangle (small sack).
  • Cut one 12″ x 18″ rectangle (large sack).
Note From Team Nancy
If you’re not using laminated fabric, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of cotton fabric to give extra stability.
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  • Coordinated cotton fabric:
  • Cut one 2″ crosswise strip. Subcut the following:
– Two 2″ x 3″ lengths (top tabs/both sizes)
– One 2″ x 6-1/2″ strip (Base for small sack)
– One 2″ x 10″ strip (Base for large sack)
  • Cut one 3″ crosswise strip. Subcut the following:
– One 3″ x 6-1/2″ strip (Piping for small sack)
– One 3″ x 10″ strip (Piping for large sack)

HoldItSacks NancyZieman 1Create tabs and base with Create-a-Strap

  • Fuse Create-a-Strap to wrong sides of all 2″ wide strips (two 3″ strips, one 6-1/2″ strip, and one 10″ strip).
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  • Fold along perforations and edgestitch.

HoldItSacks NancyZieman 4Stitch seams

  • Fold rectangles in half, meeting short ends. Stitch the long seam.
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  • Wrap the corner.
  • Fold along seamline.
  • Clip edges with Wonder Clips.
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  • Stitch top edge, leaving a 2″ opening at the center. Stitch to the cut edge at each side of the opening—this makes it easier to turn.
Note From Team NancyNancy’s 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge from Clover is a great tool for accurate measuring!
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  • Open sac, then fold each corner at the top of the sack to create a triangular shape. Center seam; pin.
  • Place corner on the cutting mat and trim off 3/4″ from each corner.
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  • Fold a 3″ tab in half, meeting short ends.
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  • Insert tab in the corner with only one seam, aligning raw edges. Stitch corners.
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Finish Sacks

  • Turn sack right side out.
  • Center seam at unfinished end.
  • Measure up 3-1/2″ from the unfinished end; mark.
  • Fold under ends of base strap length to fit width of sack (Small = 5-1/2″ and Large = 8-1/2″). How to sew an ipad, iphone or tablet holder by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
  • Align end of base strap at the 3-1/2″ mark. How to sew an ipad, iphone or tablet holder by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
  • Stitch base strap to sack along both edges.
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  • Center Wrap’n Fuse Piping on the wrong side of a 3″ x 6-1/2″ fabric strip. Trim piping a little shorter than the strip width. Align long edges; press.

Note From Team Nancy2If fusible piping is not available, stitch piping in place using a zipper foot.

  • Finish edges of piping. Fold each short edge at a 45 degree angle, and then fold it again.HoldItSacks NancyZieman 16
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  • Align piping at lower edge of base strap, with folded edges facing the base strap. Pin or clip in place.

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  • Fold unfinished end of sack in half and then in half again, to meet the edge of the piping base (covering raw edge of piping).
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  • Attach zipper foot. Stitch layers.
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  • Fill sacks with poly pellets, rice, or dried beans (about 2 cups for the small sack or 4 cups for the large sack) and fill the remainder with fiberfill.
  • Hand stitch opening closed.
HoldItSacks NancyZieman 23Ta-dah! The finished sacks are ready for use!
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Watch Sew Simple With Rectangles & Squares on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Happy Sewing!

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  • Bev M
    January 12, 2016

    Great gift idea.

  • Cher
    January 12, 2016

    I love the Hold-it sack. For Christmas I made each of my girls one for there phones. I made 2 for myself one for upstairs and one for in my sewing room this way I always know where my phone is. Thank you Namcy!

  • Bonnie
    January 12, 2016

    Love the clever little Hold-It Sack! Since we all have some type of electronic device, It is a very useful gift idea. Thanks for sharing the directions.

  • Savannagal
    January 12, 2016

    Gee, I could use one of these on my desk at work to hold my paperwork. It’s always falling of the cheap plastic stand I have currently. Great idea.

  • Margaret C.
    January 12, 2016

    My girlfriend suggested that I make one of these, similar to the one that she purchased. She is adamant that it be made from fabric that deflects the electro magnetic rays.

  • Starla
    January 12, 2016

    Great idea for gifts.

  • Barbara Lussier
    January 12, 2016

    I’ve made a couple of these from Nancy’s TV program. They are fun, easy to make and very useful.

  • Mary
    January 15, 2016

    Is there a specific reason for using laminated cotton as opposed to regular cotton with interfacing? What kind of interfacing – I have a light interfacing in my stash.

  • Heather
    January 19, 2016

    What an Awesome idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I am very anxious to get started for all my family, kids, Grandkids….. Great Gift idea! Thank you once again.

  • Connie U
    January 19, 2016

    These projects look like fun. I’ll have to try them.

  • Debbie Kean
    February 8, 2016

    I plan to make this! Very handy item! I am reading your book…so interesting…We had very similar starts to our sewing journeys, I too majored in Home economy in college, majoring in textiles & clothing construction.

  • Deborah Sawicki
    May 20, 2016

    I made this stand and it’s really handy. I can’t figure out where the 3″×10″ coordinating fabric goes. Thanks for the help

  • GD Daviau
    July 13, 2016

    Just love it ! But…in the instructions, it does not say what to do with the ‘other’ of the ‘tab’ that has been cut. I did sew the ‘tab’ in one of the wholes, but what do I do with the second hole of the opposite corner…??? snif, snif…Help !

  • Bernie
    October 27, 2016

    Hi Nancy,
    May I include a link to this tutorial with a round up I am doing of fun DIY gifts for this Christmas? I would love to share this with readers. Please let me know.

    Thanks so much,

  • Eileen Soloman
    December 4, 2016

    Having trouble finding laminated cotton in retail stores—are all materials easy to find???? Anxious to make as gifts for this 2016 Christmas. Any advice? Thanks, Nancy!

  • Rhoda Bailey
    March 25, 2017

    Nancy Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have been looking all week for this pattern. I also enjoyed the Crazy Quilt with Eileen Roche and yourself. Is the pattern (Embroidery Design) for the clutch included on the Dvd?
    Thank you
    Rhoda Bailey

  • Marissa Nova
    February 12, 2018

    Good Idea to make a tablet stand. We can easily make a stand for our tablet. But now people are buying stand made of steel and plastic. Many companies are providing so attractive stand for tablet or iPads. Recently my father ordered a tablet stand from The stand is very nice.

  • laurel langlay
    March 13, 2018

    can I buy an ouch pouch for a friend?

  • Ardelle Rigger
    October 30, 2018

    Taking the time and actual effort to make a very good article? but what can I say? I procrastinate a lot and by no means seem to get something done.

  • Wes Geer
    June 13, 2020

    Thanks a lot for this, been looking around for quite a while.

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