How to Upcycle a Sweater: Ipad Cover

Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. is back upcycling an old sweater into an Ipad case.  This girl is a woman after my own heart.  I love me a good upcycle.  Roadkill Rescued sweater into an Ipad cover??  Brilliant.  Please welcome Jamie.

I’m typically inspired by need. Anyone else? I don’t just decide to learn how to paint a lamp or sew a pillow. It happens because I change up the room, and the lamp and pillows look ridiculous. So, I HAVE to figure out how to paint my wonky lamp and get new pillows on the cheap. After need, I investigate what I have on hand, and then I do a quick pinterest/ google image search to get the creative juices flowing. Mom needed an iPad cover + I had a crusty sweater in the Good Will pile = project time.

how to upcycle a sweater


Here’s what you need for the iPad cover:
  • sweater
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • accessories (felt, flowers, ribbon)
  • felt to line the cover
  • Velcro (If you want your cover to securely close)

I literally laid the iPad on the sweater and cut around it. I wanted the bottom of the sweater to be the opening of the iPad.

Upcyled Sweater

Here’s what I was working with: Recycled iPad Cover

Now, it’s time to embellish the front of your cover. I cut triangles out of felt and used the sewing machine to attach them to my sweater. Voila!

sweater recycle

Next, you need to sew a piece of felt to the front of the cover and a piece of felt to the back of the cover. I sewed all 4 sides of the felt directly to the sweater. The felt makes the cover sturdy… don’t skip this step! I’m sure there is a fancier way to do this, but I’m a beginner seamstress, so that’s what I did!

sweater refashion

   You’re almost done! Put the right sides of the sweater together and sew around the 3 sides of the cover. If you don’t want/ need a clasp you’re done-skis!

Recycled iPad Cover

If you’d like a little clasp action, I used a piece of brown felt (the same felt as the liner) and sewed one piece of the velcro to the clasp and one side to the liner. Then, I hand stitched the the clasp to the cover. This is a great project for a beginner seamstress! The whole thing can be done in afternoon depending on how particular you are and how speedier of a sewer you are. Happy sewing!

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  • Tracy

    Sew simple. What a clever idea

    • http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com Jamie

      Glad you like it :) It is truly SEW simple!

  • http://onelmon.com/blog onel

    So smart! and not too much sewing there, which is great for me! Thank you for sharing this!