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|Pillow Tablet Stand: This pillow stand is usable with electronic tablets or paper tablets.|
Girl Friday Sews Blog Hop! I hope you have been following along. There have been some fantastic projects on this hop!
The project I am sharing with you today is a tablet pillow stand. When I'm working from an online tutorial or a PDF pattern, I usually set up our iPad in my sewing room. The problem is that I lay it flat on the table and it is constantly getting lost amongst everything else that is on top of my sewing table! It is only a matter of time before I destroy it! I have always loved the idea of the tablet pillow stands at Levenger, but they are expensive and not very pretty. I decided to make a tablet pillow stand of my own, using the triangular prism shape instead of pyramid.
This project features a Mini Charm Pack of Glamping by Mary Jane Butters and Essex Yard Dyed Linen in Flax, plus a few coordinating fabrics. The HSTs and the side triangles used 46 mini charms, so I only had to cut 4 extra 2.5" blocks.
Despite the length of the tutorial (I'm wordy), this project really doesn't take a long time. I made a few plain triangular prism pillows from a single fabric and they each took less than an hour to complete, including cutting time. This tutorial focuses on the the pillow form, but I made some general construction notes (downloadable PDF) about the patchwork designs for anyone who is curious.
I used many different pieces of fabric for this project. If you go with one type of fabric, 1 yard of fabric and 1 yard of interfacing should be more than enough.
Other: One 7" Zipper (I cut a 14" Zipper down to 7.5"), Bean Bag Filling and a little bit of Poly-fil.
There is piping in the picture, but I did not include it on this tutorial. I'd love to make this again sometime with piping and/or side pockets!
Triangle Template (PDF Download)
Print with no scaling. 11" Equilateral Triangle (each side measures 10.5" with clipped corners).
A. Main Body + Pocket
2 - 9"x11" Fabric
1- 9"x8.5" Fabric
B. Bottom of Main Body
2- 9"x6" Fabric
C. Tablet Shelf
1 - 7"x6" Fabric
D. Pillow Sides
2 - Triangle Template cuts
2 - 9"x11"
1 - 9"x8.5"
1 - 7"x6"
2 - Triangle Template Cuts
Before you begin: Apply all interfacing to the wrong side of the appropriate piece. I used Pellon fusible Medium Weight and I was really happy with the results. It gave the pillow more body than my interface-less prototypes. I think fusible fleece might work well too!
Let's start putting the pieces for the main body together.
This zipper creates the opening through which you will stick the bean bag filling. It is on the bottom of the pillow, so it will not be visible.
1) For this part you need the two 9"x 6" Rectangles & a 7.5" zipper. A 7" zipper would be fine as well. Since I cut a larger zipper down to size, I sewed a tiny zig-zag stitch across the zipper (Figure 2). I stitched over the area several times. The zig-zag stitch is 1/2" away from the end of the zipper.
2) Lay your two rectangles right sides together. The 9" sides are the top and bottom. Center your zipper on the 9" top. Using a fabric pen, mark a line at the first zipper stopper and at the second zipper stopper. This is to remind you that you will change your stitching length between the lines. Set the zipper to the side and pin the two pieces together at the 9" top.
4) Center zipper on the open seam. The zipper track needs to be on the seam. The area between the stoppers should be aligned with the basting stitches. Use a fabric glue pen or basting stitches to keep the zipper in place. Sew around the zipper on all sides (Figure 4). The stitching will be visible on the visible side. I sewed 1/4" away from the center line and 1/4" away from the stoppers.
5) Now that the zipper is stitched in, it is time for the fun part! Use your seam ripper to take out the basting stitches. I cleaned up the tiny little threads that were left behind with some painter's tape.
6) The zipper is now exposed. It feels like magic every time :D. Keep the zipper closed for now. The bottom piece should be 9"x11."
1) For this part you need one of the 9"x11" rectangles (the one you intend for the non-stand side) and the 9"x8.5" rectangle that you want to use for the pocket. . Fold the 9"x8.5" pocket in half by matching the two 8.5" sides, wrong sides together. Press. The pocket should now be 9"x4.25".
2) Align the raw edges of your pocket with the raw edges on the bottom 9" side of the main 9"x11" rectangle. The folded part should be on top. Baste the pocket on to the main rectangle. I stitched 1/8" away from both the left and right sides (Figure 2). This just keep the pocket in place. It is one less thing to think about when you are sewing the side triangles on!
If you want to add dividers to the pocket, this is the time to do it.
2) Stitch a 1/4" seam on both 3" sides. Clip the corners and turn inside out. Use a turning tool or a knitting needle to poke the corners out. Press.
4) Stuff with Poly-fil. I finger pressed the drawn line to see if I needed to check the appearance. I originally tried to use the bean bag filling on this part and it did not work out well! It was frustrating to work & sew with and the result was lumpy!
6) Using a zipper foot to stay as close to the batting as possible. Sew along the drawn line.
7) Note: I just wanted to nest the tablet in the little crevice between the main pillow and the tablet shelf. If you want more of a ramp between the main pillow and the tablet shelf, make your adjustment here by moving the tablet shelf up 1/4" or more so there will be a bit of fabric between it and the main pillow. I definitely recommend a larger ramp if you want to use thicker items on it.
Attach the tablet shelf to the main piece (the one without the pocket). This is a little tricky to work with if you leave the correct seam allowance, so I left a huge seam allowance on the tablet shelf. With a fabric pen, I drew a line on the main piece 1/4" inch away from the bottom. Then, I lined up the stitching on the tablet shelf with that line. Pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam. The stitching on the tablet shelf will not be visible.
Now that all the pieces are complete, it is time to put together the body of the iPad stand!
1) Place zipper piece on top of the tablet shelf piece, right sides together. Align the bottom edge of the zipper piece with the bottom edge of the tablet shelf piece (not with the bottom edge of the actual tablet shelf).
2) Pin the bottom edge in place.
4) Trim the excess fabric from the tablet shelf.
6) Place pocket piece on top of tablet shelf piece, right sides together. Align the top edge of the pocket piece with the top edge of the tablet shelf piece. The pocket will lie on top of the tablet shelf. Pin the top edge. Sew a 1/4" seam on the top edge (Figure 6).
8) Fold the zipper piece on top of the pocket piece, right sides together. Align the bottom edges and pin. Sew a 1/4" seam.
9) You should now have a big fabric loop..
10) Turn it right side out for pressing.
11) I folded the fabric and pressed at each new seam. This really helps it keep the proper shape.
12) Important: Open the zipper at this time. This will be where you turn it in the end. Turn the whole piece wrong side out.
Time to add the sides. This is the trickiest part, but not because it is difficult! It is just a little tricky keeping all the excess fabric out of the way. Please excuse the change in fabric on this part, my first set of pictures did not turn out well...and I was naughty and didn't pin the first time around. :)
This part is a little hard to photograph, so I drew this little illustration to help out a little.
2) You'll need to remove a few pins at this point and again as you get to each angle. Starting 1/4" away from the main body seam, sew a 1/4" seam until you are 1/4" away from the next main body seam (Figure 3) Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning of the seam.
3) Make sure your needle is down and pivot the piece so the next side of the triangle is straight in front of sewing foot.
4A) As you are turning the fabric, push the excess pillow body fabric to the left so it is out of the way. There will be a little excess fabric at the angles and you will need to straighten that out or it will get caught in the seam (Figure 4). I used a pair of tweezers, so I wouldn't poke my finger! Once all of the excess fabric is out of the way and the fabric is lined up correctly, sew a 1/4" seam.
Repeat steps 2-4 until the triangle is completely attached. I also pivoted around to sew a couple of stitches & backstitch over the first seam again to make sure there weren't any gaps.
4B) Repeat steps 1-4A on the other side.
5) Press the seams. Yay! It is a triangular prism!
6) Clip the corners. This is important for a good point
1) Turn the pillow right side out. Use a turning tool or knitting needle to poke out all six corners.
2) Yay! It is almost ready. It just needs some pressing at the seams.
3) Fold at each seam and press. The creasing really helps it keep the proper shape.
4) This part is a mess! Fill the pillow with bean bag filling.
5) Zip it up and you are ready to go! I felt like some of the seams needed a bit more creasing, so I moved the filling out of the way and I used my flat iron on some of them. I'm not sure if that is advisable or not, but it worked!
|In use with paper tablet.|
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