Ipad Holder for Your Car’s Headrest

Nowadays you can do nearly everything on a tablet.  Not only can you play games, use apps to increase productivity, but many even watch movies and TV shows on their Ipads.  In fact, my stats so nearly 40% of you are reading this post on your Ipad or tablet. Well today I am going to show you how to make a really simple Ipad holder to put on your headrest for the kiddos to watch movies during those summer road trips.

Ipad holder for your car's headrest


6” of 1/4″ elastic

15” of 1″ elastic

a fat quarter

cardboard cut to 9 ½”x 7”

sewing machine and coordinating thread


rotary cutter and mat or scissors



2 pieces out of your fabric that are 10”x8”

2 pieces of the same fabric 3 ½”x 3 ½”

2 pieces of the ¼” elastic into 3” pieces (more than you’ll need)

1 piece of 1” elastic that is 15”

1 piece of cardboard 9 ½”x7”

ipad holder

how to make an ipad holder

1. Take the 3 ½”x 3 ½” pieces and fold them into triangles, wrong sides facing and press.

ipad car holder

2. Sew these triangles in the bottom left and right corners of one of your 10”x8” pieces along a 10” side.

3. Take the ¼” elastic pieces and sew them in place along the top left and right corners measuring 2” from the corner along the top and sides.

ipad headrest holder

4. Take the 15” piece of 1” elastic and sew in place in the very center of both 8” sides of the rectangle (reinforce stitches since there will be a lot of stretch on these).

tablet case for car

5. Sew front and back pieces together with right sides facing, along bottom and both sides, leaving the entire top unsewn.

tablet holder for car

6. Turn right side out and press.

7. Turn the open edges along the top, under ¼” and press.

tablet case for car

8. Insert the cardboard (it should be a perfect fit with a little room to spare to sew shut).

ipad case for car

9. Pin the pressed edges together, covering the cardboard and sew across. I did the triangles along the bottom edge instead of elastic because this will be holding the bulk of the weight of the IPad and I therefore wanted this to be stronger than a ¼” elastic would be. I didn’t do all 4 corners as triangles because I wanted to be able to insert the IPad into the triangles first and then stretch the top elastics to fit over the it instead of stretching out all 4 triangles each time I wanted to get it in and out.

tablet case for headrest

**Another idea I had was you can leave the holder in place even while the iPad isn’t in it and then insert a mirror for baby to check himself out!

Insert your Ipad in and attach it to your headrest in your mommy van.

ipad holder for your headrest

ipad holder

Stretch the 1” elastic over the headrest and let your kids enjoy the movie.


tablet case for headrest       ipad case for headrest

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  1. Melissa Lea-Wood says:

    Oh I love it, also pretty sure mine would only play Frozen for the back seat veiwers 😛

  2. Beth Murphy says:

    this is great! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing! I just made one for our Christmas road trip. It will be showing Frozen the whole time, I’m sure!

  4. This is brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll be making one of these tonight!

  5. This is great. I plan on making one for our upcoming road trip.
    Would you change anything to use it for the littles that are rear-facing?

    • Hi Sabreana, I am so glad you can use the tutorial. I would just make sure the elastic will fit around your headrest. If it’s similar to mine in the picture, I wouldn’t make any changes.

  6. Jennifer says:

    What model iPad does this fit?


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