The boyfriend just purchased a Nexus 10 tablet (ooooooh shiny!) and asked me to make a simple case for it, just so the screen doesn’t get scratched. (I recently made him a case for his Kobo Vox.) This case is a quick and easy project- great for beginners, easily done in an afternoon and it’s a great scrap buster, since you don’t need huge pieces of fabric.


You will need:

  • 2 rectangular pieces of fabric for the outside, measuring 9.5 x 13 inches (I used plaid blue/tan)
  • 2 rectangular pieces of fabric for the inside, measuring 9.5 x 13 inches (I used a dark navy blue)
  • a zipper with a zipping length of 7 and a half inches, large enough for the Nexus to get through (I recommend opening the zipper and seeing how well the device fits. You don’t want to struggle every time you need to put it away.)
  • matching thread
  • thread in a contrasting color
  • basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, sewing ruler, thread snips, fabric scissors, etc.)

The Nexus 10 measures about 7 inches in width, 10.5 inches and height and not even half an inch thick.

Optional step: I taped 2 pieces of printer paper together and then cut it 9.5 x 13 to help with the pattern-making process.

1. Pin one piece of inside fabric to one piece of outside fabric, repeat with other set.


2. Mark your 5/8 seam allowance with a dressmaker’s pencil or marker on the inside fabric (both pieces).


3. Fold down the edge on the narrower side on that mark, pin, press with iron and sew. Repeat with other pieces. (Just one side on each set.)


4. Line up the sides you just sewed. This is where your zipper will go. They should look like this:


5. Line up the fabric part of the zipper with the edge under the folded/sewn part and pin in place. Try to center the zipper. Don’t put your fabric too close to the teeth of the zipper. I used a basting stitch (using my contrasting thread) to keep the zipper in place. I just did this by hand, rather than change my thread in my machine. If you’ve never installed a zipper before, I recommend watching this tutorial first. The lady in the video tapes her seams together, but I just did one side at a time, switch my zipper foot to the other side and then put both through. It’s all pretty basic.

After you’ve done a zipper a few times, it’s super easy. Do not fear the zipper!

6. Here’s what my zipper looks like with my pink basting stitches left in. After you’ve machine stitched your zipper in, just snip out the basting stitch thread, we don’t need that anymore.


If you’re going to add some custom design elements to the front pieces, now is the time. How about a strip of contrasting fabric down the middle? Sewing on some bright buttons could be cute too.

7. Flip your two pieces so the two outside pieces are face-to-face and the two inside pieces are showing. Switch back to your regular sewing foot and sew around the edges, using that 5/8 inch mark as a guide.

Don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end. Stop at your corners with your needle down into the fabric. Lift your presser foot, swing your fabric around, put the foot down and keep going- this is always the easiest way to handle corners. Be careful not to sew over any of the plastic or metal bits of your zipper when you get back around to the top.

8. To avoid fraying on your raw edges, you can use pinking shears- just be careful not to cut too far in and cut through your stitches. Or you can use a liquid no-fray solution like I did. Either way, trim away all loose threads so the edge looks nice and neat.

nexus-finished9. Open the zipper again and turn your project inside out with your outside fabric on the outside. Use a pen (with the cap on) to poke those corners into a more square shape- just don’t poke too hard. And you’re done!

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.


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Hi, I'm Jill! I'm an author, a Lazy Historian, a web/graphic designer, a bookworm and a hobby addict. I live in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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