By Erin Huffstetler | 01/22/2021 | 6 Comments
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Here’s how to sew a tablet stand to hold your tablet, eReader or cellphone.
This is a project that sat on my to-do list for ages, but I finally tackled it over Christmas break.
I usually read at least three books a week, and as much as I love my Kindle, I don’t love how hard it is on my wrist, or how startling it is when I fall asleep reading and it smacks me in the face.
So, I decided to make a tablet stand for my Kindle to sit on.
Now, I no longer have to hold my Kindle when I’m reading (good-bye wrist pain and rude awakenings).
This tablet stand keeps my Kindle at the perfect angle, and it’s soft like a pillow, so I just rest it on my stomach, when I’m reading in bed.
Since it’s something I knew I would use every day, I wanted it to be pretty enough to leave out, and no bigger than necessary. Which is why the finished tablet stand is just under six-inches wide. It’s tiny, but mighty.
Thanks to the weighted filling that I used, it has no trouble supporting my Kindle …
our iPad …
and our not-so-smart phone.
I included a loop on the back to hold a charging cord. So, I can read, while my Kindle is charging, or use the stand as a charging station.
I dug through my stash of vintage fabric, and used a piece of bark cloth to make two tablet stands – one for our bedroom and one for the living room.
Then, I used a piece of laminated cotton to make a wipeable version for the kitchen. Now, we have a handy spot to stick our tablet, when we’re following a recipe.
Look like something you need in your life? Here’s how to make one.
Tablet Stand Sewing Tutorial
What You’ll Need:
- (1) 9″ x 12″ piece of fabric
- (1) 3″ x 4″ piece of fabric
- (1) 1-1/4″ x 5-3/4″ piece of cardboard
- 2 cups white rice
- Fiber fill
- Sewing pins or sewing clips
- A funnel
- A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
Optional (but nice to have):
What You Do:
To make the loop for a charger cord, lay the 3″ x 4″ piece of fabric on your work surface, right-side facing down.
Then, fold the fabric in half, on the short side.
Open the fabric back up, so you can see the crease you just created. Then, fold the top and bottom edges to the center crease.
Fold the fabric in half once more on the short side. This will hide all the raw edges inside.
Then, sew a seam along the open edge to complete your loop.
To sew the tablet stand …
Place the 9″ x 12″ piece of fabric on your work surface, right-side down, with the 12″ sides positioned at the top and bottom. Grab the left side, and fold it over to meet the right side. This will give you a 6″ x 9″ piece, with a fold on the left edge.
Starting at the top left corner, measure over two inches and make a mark.
Then, take the piece that you made for your loop; fold it in half; and pin or clip it to the center of the top edge. The loop part should be facing in and sandwiched between the two layers of fabric.
Starting at the mark that you made on the top edge, sew a 1/4″ seam along the top and open side. Trim the corners, when you’re done.
Then, turn the fabric right-side out.
Shift the side seam, so that it’s sitting at the center of your fabric.
Then, measure 3-1/4″ up from the bottom edge , and draw a line.
Sew along the line you just drew.
Then, insert your cardboard piece, butting it up against the line that you just sewed.
I used a matt board scrap for my cardboard piece, but any piece of sturdy, non-corrugated cardboard will do.
Sew another line just below the cardboard, to hold in in place.
Then, fold the bottom edge in 1/4″, and make a mark 2″ from the right corner.
Start on the mark you just made, and sew across the bottom of the tablet stand, to close the bottom seam.
Use the two-inch gap you left open on the bottom edge, to stuff the bottom of your tablet stand with fiber fill.
Then, flip your tablet stand over, so the center seam is on the bottom. This will put the other open seam at the top of your tablet stand.
Stick a funnel in the hole, and fill your tablet stand with two cups of white rice.
Then, fill the rest of the space with fiber fill.
Use a hem stitch (aka blind stitch) to close the openings at the top and bottom of your tablet stand, and you’re done!
Want me to make one for you? I have these tablet stands in my shop in eight different fabrics.