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Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats - Double Zipper Device Sleeve

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We love the idea of concealing a cutting edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Eclectic Elements device sleeve combines a great old-fashioned ticking stripe with a print made up entirely of old-school rulers and tapes. We've created three generous pockets to hold a selection of devices. Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket is completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments. So many options in one convenient bag.

The muted tones chosen by Tim Holtz for his debut Eclectic Elements collection partners with our sleek, utilitarian design to create a carrier that works equally well for guys or gals. It's a perfect back-to-school option to tuck into a pack or larger shoulder bag. 

Eclectic Elements is readily available now both in-store and online. You can find the entire selection as yardage and bundles at your local independent fabric shop, and select designs are stocked at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores®. 

The sleeve finishes at approximately 7" wide by 9½" high with 7" deep front and back pockets.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

NOTE: For the very best look, all your pieces should be carefully fussy cut. The yardage shown allows extra for this purpose.

Getting Started

  1. Download and print out the Device Sleeve Corner Pattern
    IMPORTANT: This pattern is ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print the PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
    NOTE: We printed two copies of the pattern so we could cut two corners at once to insure a perfect match to the corners front and back. 
  2. Cut out the pattern piece along the solid line. 
  3. From the fabric for the body, strap and accent corners (Ticking in Taupe in our sample), cut the following (all our cuts were made with the stripes running vertically):
    TWO 8" wide x 10½" high rectangles
    ONE 8" wide x 3" high rectangle
    ONE 15" wide x 3" high strip for the strap
    Using the pattern, FOUR corners, fussy cut as shown below to create diagonal stripes
  4. From the fabric for the front and back pockets (Measurements in Taupe in our sample), cut FOUR 8" x 8" squares.
  5. From the fabric for the back pocket binding and the lining (Melange in Neutral in our sample), cut the following: 
    TWO 8" wide x 10½" high rectangles
    ONE 8" wide x 2" high strip
  6. From the fusible interfacing, cut the following:
    TWO 8" x 8" squares
    ONE 8" x 3" rectangle
  7. From the fusible fleece, cut TWO 7¼" x 10" rectangles.
  8. Cut the cotton webbing into ONE 2" length.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

Prepare the pockets

NOTE: Throughout the project, we re-threaded as necessary to do all edgestitching and topstitching in our dark brown contrasting thread.

  1. Find the four 8" x 8" pocket squares and the four triangle corners. 
  2. Fold back the long side of each triangle ¼" and press well. 
  3. Place two of the pocket squares right side up and flat on your work surface. Set the other two squares aside; these will be used later for the pocket lining.
  4. Place a folded corner piece on each bottom corner of each pocket square. The sides and bottom edges shoud be flush. Pin in place.
  5. Edgestitch each corner in place, running the seam just along the long folded edge.
  6. When all corners are stitched in place. Lift up the corner, exposing the pocket fabric. Trim away the pocket fabric along the ¼" seam allowance.
  7. Find the two squares of interfacing. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse one interfacing square to the wrong side of each sewn pocket square.

Create the front pocket panel with its metal zipper 

  1. Find one exterior pocket with corners, one pocket lining and the metal zipper. Center the zipper right side down (teeth down) across the top of the exterior pocket. Orient the zipper so the pull is on the left. The top edge of the zipper's tape should be flush with the top edge of the pocket. Pin in place.
  2. Attach your Zipper foot
  3. Using a ¼" seam, stitch across the top of the panel through all the layers. You should be stitching close to the zipper teeth. 

    NOTE: Stitch with the zipper closed; as you get close to the zipper tab, if need be, you can stop with the needle in the down position, lift up the presser foot, and carefully unzip the zipper so the tab is out of the way. Replace the presser foot and finish with a nice, straight seam. 
  4. Place the pocket lining right side down on top of the exterior pocket, aligning the top edge of the zipper tape and the lining, sandwiching the zipper between the layers. Pin the layers together. 
  5. Flip to the exterior side so the previous seam line is visible. Still using the Zipper foot, stitch through all the layers, running the new seam directly over the previous line of stitching.
  6. Fold the lining and exterior wrong sides together, so the zipper stands straight up, and press.
  7. Switch back to a regular presser foot. Edgestitch along the zipper.
  8. Find the 8" x 3" Ticking strip and its matching interfacing strip. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. 
  9. Place the Ticking strip along the remaining free edge of the zipper. Pin in place.
  10. Switch again to a Zipper foot.
  11. Using a ¼" seam, stitch across the panel through both layers. You should be stitching close to the zipper teeth.
  12. Press the strip up and away from the zipper to complete the front panel.

Create the back bound pocket

  1. Find the remaining pocket exterior with the corner triangles, the remaining pocket lining and the 2" pocket binding strip.
  2. Place the binding strip right sides together along the top of the exterior pocket. Pin in place.
  3. Switch back to a regular presser foot. 
  4. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch the exterior pocket to the binding.
  5. Press the binding and the seam allowance up and away from the pocket. 
  6. Place the pocket lining right sides together with the exterior pocket, aligning the top edge of the lining with the remaining raw edge of the binding strip. Pin in place.
  7. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch the pocket lining to the binding.
  8. Press the seam down towards the binding strip. The two seams should almost touch. 
  9. Fold the pocket in half at the binding, so the two layers are now wrong sides together. Align the sides and bottom raw edges. Press well.
  10. Edgestitch along the seam, within the binding strip, through all the layers.

Attach the pockets to the main panels, add the top zipper and assemble front to back

  1. Find the two 8" x 10½" Ticking panels and the two 7¼" x 10" pieces of fusible fleece.
  2. Center the fusible fleece on the wrong side of each fabric panel. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse the fleece in place.
  3. Flip the Ticking panels to the right side.
  4. Place the back bound pocket right side up on one Ticking panel, aligning the bottom edges and sides. Pin in place. Machine baste in place staying close to the outer edges.
  5. Place the front zippered pocket panel right side up on the remaining Ticking panel, aligning all the raw edges. Pin in place.
  6. Edgestitch along the top of the metal zipper through ALL the layers - this secures the pocket and creates the top edge of what will become the front sealed pocket.
    NOTE: We stayed with our regular presser foot for this seam, but if you could also switch back to your Zipper foot if you are worried about sewing through all the layers.
  7. Place the exterior zipper panel right side up and flat on your work surface. Find the separating zipper. Place this zipper along the top edge, which is two layers of Ticking, centering the zipper within the panel as shown in the photo below.
  8. Switch again to a Zipper foot.
  9. Using a ¼" seam, stitch across the panel through all three layers (two fabric layers plus one zipper layer). You should be stitching close to the zipper teeth.
  10. Press the zipper up and the seam allowance down. Edgestitch along the bottom edge of the zipper to hold the seam allowance in place.
  11. Place the back panel with the bound pocket right side up and flat on your work surface. Place the front panel on top of it, right sides together and with the remaining raw edge of the separating zipper flush with the top raw edge of the back panel.
  12. Using a ¼" seam, stitch across the panel through both layers (the back Ticking panel and the zipper).
  13. As above, press the seam allowance away from the zipper and edgestitch along the zipper to hold the seam allowance in place.
  14. Here's what the assembled piece should look like now when laid flat.
  15. Separate the zipper, so you have two panels.
  16. Find the 2" length of cotton webbing and the D-ring. Slip the webbing through the D-ring. Align the raw ends of the webbing. Pin the webbing in place on the left side of the front panel, centered within the top Ticking strip. The ends of the webbing should be flush with the raw edge of the fabric.
     
  17. Place the two panels right sides together, aligning both sides and the bottom edges and sandwiching the webbing and D-ring between the layers. Pin in place along both sides and across the bottom. 
  18. Switch back to a regular presser foot.
  19. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch along both sides and across the bottom, pivoting at the corners. 
  20. Clip the corners and turn the sleeve right side out. Re-join the two sides of the zipper. 
  21. Set the exterior sleeve aside. 

Lining

  1. Find the two 8" x 10½" lining pieces.
  2. Place the two lining pieces right sides together. Pin in place along both sides and across the bottom.
  3. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch along both sides and across the bottom, pivoting at the corners. Clip the corners at a diagonal.
  4. Turn down the top raw edge ½". Press
  5. Find the exterior bag. It should be right side out. 
  6. With lining still wrong side out, slip the lining inside the exterior sleeve so the two sleeves are now wrong sides together.
  7. Align the bottom and side seams. The top folded edge of the bag should fall below the zipper teeth by about ⅛". If it doesn't, adjust the fold to fit and gently re-press.
  8. Pin the layers together. 
  9. Thread the hand sewing needle.
  10. Slip stitch the lining to the bag, using very small stitches. Stitch along the front and the back, but leave the lining loose where it wraps over the side seams. This allows some "give" in the lining so it folds smoothly as you zip the device sleeve open and shut. 

Make and attach the strap

  1. Find the 15" x 3" strip.
  2. Fold the strap in half lengthwise and press to form a center crease. 
  3. Open the strip wrong side up so the crease line is visible. Fold in each raw edge so they meet one another at the center crease line. Press well. 
  4. Fold the strip in half along the original crease line, aligning the folded-in edges. 
  5. Edgestitch along both long sides. The ends remain raw.
  6. Fold the strap in half, but do not align the ends. Instead, place one end 2" up from the opposite end. Pin in place.
  7. Find the completed sleeve. Slip the longer end of the strap through the D-ring. Fold under the raw end ½" and place this folded end against the strap so it conceals the unfinished edge of the pinned-in-place end.
  8. Double-stitch across the strap, through all the layers, to secure.


Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler

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Comments (8)

Anonymous said:
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I made this out of Tula Pink fabric. It is so cute and fits my Kindle just right. Love it! Thanks so much for the free tutorial!

Anonymous said:
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Love this idea! A nice sturdy unobtrusive way to carry your iPad.

Noreen

missusg said:
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these by far are my favorite pieces of fabric!!! love this project

Christi295 said:
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Love it! This will be the next Christmas gift project. One note, to do away with that triangle piece you could do the "flip and sew" routine; cut 2 (equivalent size) squares, then place them (RST) on the corners and sew the diagonal seam. Flip the square over and voila! - you have the corner. Just trim the seam. No stretchy bias seams that way, and only a little bit of waste. Unless, before you trim the seam, sew another seam line 1/2" away from the first, then cut between the two seam lines and now you have two extra squares to use as decoration, or in another project. I'm not very good at instructions, but I'm sure you've incorporated this "shortcut" into many of your projects, I just can't find one now!

Cathy Thompson said:
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Love it . I have a kindle fire that could use one of these !!

Donna Gibson said:
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Love this!  I have a Kindle that needs a new home!

KPerron said:
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I can't wait to do this bag... very nice!! thanks for posting such great pattern! and well explained :o)

love2quilt95 said:
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I just purchased a Kindle fire for my dsaughter who just started college. I think this will be a great little tote for her. Thanks

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