Thursday, April 19, 2012

Leap Pad Case Tutorial

**If you have used this tutorial or any others by Pink Stitches, please post your pictures on the Pink Stitches Flickr Group! I'd love to see your beautiful creations and feature some of my favorite projects!**

I have been getting a lot of emails inquiring about the Leap Pad Case I had made for AJ. I had put together a pattern that was meant to be tested by some readers and then put in my etsy shop for sale. However, with the closing of my etsy shop, all those plans went out the window. Although, I have since re-opened my shop (yay!), I decided to post the tutorial on my blog for free instead. Thank you all for being so patient!

For this project, you will need the following materials:
- Three different kinds of fabric
- 10" zipper
- 3.5" of sew-in velcro
- cotton batting
- lightweight fusible interfacing (optional)

First off, you're going to cut your zipper lining and flap pieces:
- cut one piece at 7.25" x 9"
- cut one piece at 3.25" x 9"
- cut one piece at 4" x 9"
- cut two pieces at 3.5" x 6.5"

Now you're going to cut your main exterior panels and fusible interfacing:
- cut one piece of main fabric and interfacing at 7.25" x 9"
- cut one piece of main fabric and interfacing at 3.25" x 9"
- cut one piece of main fabric and interfacing at 4" x 9"
Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of these fabric pieces according to the directions on your interfacing.

Last, you're cutting your lining and batting pieces:
- cut two pieces of lining fabric at 7.25" x 9"
- cut two pieces of batting at 7.25" x 9"

Now let's get started. Place the main exterior 4" x 9" fabric right side up on your table. With the zipper facing down, place it over the main exterior fabric, with the zipper pull on your left side. Now place the 4" x 9" zipper lining fabric wrong side up on top of your zipper. Pin in place.

Using your zipper foot attachment, sew along the edge of the zipper.

Pull both fabric pieces to the opposite side so that the zipper is exposed. Press.

Now place your 3.5" x 9" exterior piece on the table right side up. Place the zipper over it facing down, with the zipper pull to the right this time. Now place the 3.5" x 9" zipper lining piece over the zipper, wrong side up. Pin in place and attach the zipper with your zipper foot.

Once you've pressed both sides, you should be left with something like this.

Now replace the zipper foot with your regular foot and top stitch along both sides of the zipper.

It should now look like this. Don't worry if your fabrics look a little off. We'll get to that later.

Grab one of your flap pieces and center the softer piece of velcro about 1" from the bottom. Pin in place and sew it on.

Place the two flap pieces right sides together and sew along three sides, leaving the top open for turning out. **Note- if you wish to add interfacing or batting to your flap, now is the time to do it**

Clip your corners and turn right side out. Using a chopstick or pencil poke out your corners.

Top stitch along the three closed sides, once again leaving the top open. Set aside.

Now place the 7.25" x 9" zipper lining piece on the table right side up. Place the assemble front exterior piece on top of the lining piece also right side up. Pin in place.

Make sure to leave the zipper slightly open so your sewing foot won't get stuck. Use a pin to help keep the two zipper sides together.

Machine baste around all four sides as close to the edge as you can get.

Now place the 7.25" x 9" exterior fabric piece over the assembled front exterior piece, right sides together, leaving the zipper slightly open. Pin in place and sew along three sides, leaving the top open.

Clip corners and trim off the excess zipper. Turn right side out and poke out the corners. Set aside.

Place your batting pieces behind each of your lining pieces. Place them right sides together and pin in place.

Sew along three sides again, leaving a 3" opening at the bottom for turning. Clip corners.

Center the flap to the back of the assembled exterior piece, velcro out, and pin in place.

Place the entire exterior pouch inside the lining pouch, right sides together. Make sure the flap is between the exterior and lining pieces. Pin all around.

Sew all the way around at 1/4" and again at 3/8". Remove all pins and turn right side out. Sew the opening of the lining closed either by hand or with your machine.

Tuck the lining in and press along the opening of your case. Topstitch all the way around.

Using the flap as a guide, pin the other side of the velcro on your pouch.

Sew the velcro onto the front of your pouch. And you're all done!

Now admire your new Leap Pad Case!

This will surely bring a smile to your little one's face! Hope you enjoy making this. If you have any questions at all about this tutorial or feel that my instructions are hard to follow, please feel free to email me about it! I'll be more than happy to help you out!


  1. What a great tutorial! I wonder-- would a kindle fire fit in the leap pad case?


  2. Yaaay! I'm so excited you decided to open your shop again! I went to look at it the other day and was sad that it wasn't there! Thanks for the tutorial too! I'm going to save it for when I need to make one of these!

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  4. Love the step by step photos. You are so talented :)

  5. This is a fantastic project! I would love it if you would consider sharing it at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party over at Just Us Four!

  6. This looks great, and perfect timing, as I was just searching for a tutorial for a case for my granddaughter's Leap Pad! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Cute pouch and great tutorial! Love the fabrics you used! Thanks so much for sharing this at Shine on Fridays!!

  8. What a great tutorial!! I just found you through the blog hop, I hope you can stop on by my blog:)

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  9. Love this tutorial & your blog! I'm a new follower and would love if you shared this at my linky party this week! :-) Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  10. The fabrics are adorable! The pics are so clear and great! Your son looks thrilled!

  11. Wow, thank you SO much for going through all the trouble to put this down on paper. I know when I come up with patterns (which is rare as I'm sewingly challenged,) I'm too exhausted over making the thing to think about HOW I made it. This little case if amazing and could easily be re sized for something like a nook or an electronic diary! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my Sweet Sharing Mondays party!

  12. Hi there, Great idea and tutorial, thanks. I'm new from the party, hope you stop by to say g'day. - Queensland Australia

  13. I made mine! You can see it here. Your tutorial was very well-written and easy to follow. As I said in my blog post, the only thing I would do differently with it is put the velcro closer to the edge of the flap. Other than that, it made a cute, nicely padded pouch that fit perfectly! Thanks again for the tutorial!

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  15. Hi! I love this tutorial! May I feature it (and maybe some of your others) on Please drop me a line to let me know.

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  16. Thank you for this tutorial. I have been looking for something for my Kindle. Most of the cases I have found have been more like a book, and do not have much padding or a pocket to store the cord in. I think I will have to do a little bit of measuring and adjusting to change the size, but I really like your design.


  17. Excellent tutorial! I often have trouble following what someone is trying to tell me to do, but did not at all here! I' going to try to upsize this for an I pad. A friend just asked me to make her one with cord storage and it's been on my mind! Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you!! I hope you enjoy making it!

    2. Thank you!! I hope you enjoy making it!

  18. I am DYING to try this!!

  19. Working on this for a friend - and it may be just too late and I need to go to bed, but have a quick question. After inserting the finished exterior into the lining, you mention to stich at 1/4" then again at 3/8". Should I be catching the exterior pouch in the 3/8" line of stitching, or should the exterior pouch be free from the lining with the exception of the top edge? Thanks!

    1. Yes you should sew over both the interior and exterior pouch on both stitch lines. Good luck on making it! Feel free to post your pictures in the Pink Stitches Flickr Group!

  20. Thanks so much for this! It worked perfectly and was exactly what we were looking for. Here is a link to my finished project.

  21. My daughters birthday is coming up and we got her the new leappad2 and I just wasnt impressed with any of the cases in the store.. I am so glad I saw your post, I will defiantly be making her a case now! I will probably make the case vertical and add a strap so she can wear it like bag ( shes a girly girl ) but she excited to find this post!!! thanks, and you have a new follower!

  22. Just made a pair - terrific tutorial - thank you x

  23. I assume this will fit the leap pad 2? The other grandparents are getting that for our granddaughter and I would like to make her a case, and yours looks perfect! Just double checking as I know nothing about leap pads to make sure this would fit that particular one? Thanks so much for your very good tutorial! It is very much appreciated that you threw this out there for all of us to make! Keep up the excellent work! Sue

  24. Thank you so much for this tutorial! My daughters just got a leap pad last night and yours was the first pattern I ound. It is also just what I was looking for! Can't wait to make it!

  25. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I just bought three LeapPads for my daughters on Black Friday. I took a look at the cases there and not only were they ugly, but the price was way too much. I searched Pinterest and your tutorial was the only one that came up :o) I'll be picking up zippers (my first adventure with them!) and making them before Christmas...along with one for my nephew. Really appreciate the time you took to do all the pictures and explain it so well!

  26. I altered the pattern a bit to add handles to the tote. Great pattern!

  27. Good day! Does the frequency of updates of your portal depend on something or you work on blog articles when you have an inspiration or write blog posts if you have enough time for it? Can't wait to hear from you.

  28. Seriously one of the best patterns I have ever followed! I was able to make two of these in an afternoon, all from scraps in my existing stash, and the kids thought it was so cool to pick their own designs! Thank you for giving me such a satisfying little project this weekend! Great talent!

  29. Thanks for the tutorial! I made one for my son's leappad two, you cans see it here:

    I do want to mention--if you make this for a leappad with a gal skin (and plan to do any quilting on it), add about an inch to the width and length! :-)

  30. My daughter's leap pad has a gel case on it, will it still fit in this pouch? Thanks!

  31. Great tutorial! I have wanted to buy a LeapPad case for MONTHS but just couldn't justify it. I found this tutorial yesterday and today I have my case for FREE. I used existing supplies I had laying around. Thank you so much! One small suggestion I have is to list seam allowances. I was constantly worrying my case would turn out too small. All is fine though. Cheers! Here is my finished case!

  32. My 2 year old grandson (and his MOM) love this. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

  33. Hello! This is just what I was looking for!! I was wondering what the finished dimensions are? I would like to make these to put in my kiddos Easter baskets! They have a leap pad epic and a Platinum. Will this pattern work? Looking forward to a new project!


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