Yes, You Can Make Your Own 7″ Tablet Cover

Yes, You Can Make Your Own 7″ Tablet Cover

7" Tablet Cover Instructions
7″ Tablet Cover Instructions

Did you get a tablet computer for the holidays? These computer are lots of fun and so practical, but the screen gets easily scratched.

I went looking in the stores for a cover, but did not find any I liked. So, my next step was to look online for instructions on how to make your own. There a quite a few around, so yes, you can make your own tablet cover.

Click on the image to the right to get the full PDF instructions on how to make your own 7″ Tablet Cover. The cover is designed for a Nexus 7 tablet, but will fit most 7 inch tablets: Nexus 7, iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, Nook Color and Kobo Arc. For any tablet with a rear-facing camera there is no hole for it.

Read on to hear my story about making my own table cover for my Nexus 7 tablet.

Version 1

tablet cover version 1
tablet cover version 1 – inside view

For the first cover I used corrugated card board and quilt batting on the outside and glued fabric on the inside to make it look nice. Oh boy, those were 3 big mistakes.

  • It turned out to be way to bulky and uncomfortable.
  • I glued the inside cover and the glue seeped through the fabric and left hard spots as you can see in the picture.

Version 2

tablet cover version 2
tablet cover version 2 – inside view

Back to the drawing board.

This time I used regular cardboard, iron-on interfacing to adhere the fabric to the outside and and it worked.

If you are wondering what I used for elastics, those are hair elastics.

Follow this link to download the FREE PDF file instructions.

Version 3

I am always on the lookout for different ways to create something and the tablet cover is no exception. I was looking for something lightweight and easy to work with.

Inspiration struck and I experimented with plastic canvas. It is lightweight and durable.

Rather than using the traditional embroidery stitch I used a stitch that looks like knitting. The advantage of that stitch is that I can stitch it in such a way that I won’t have to cover the inside to make it look nice. So, now the outside and inside look almost identical and the beginning and ends of the yarn are hidden inside the stitching.

These two covers are in my shop and can be purchased.


Front and back covers are: 8.25 inches high by 5 inches wide. The spine is 8.25 inches long and 0.5 inches wide (4 holes in the plastic canvas).

If you are interested in instructions for the plastic canvas covers please let me know and give me some feedback in the comments below.


  1. Lorrain

    Hello, I do plastic canvas, however having the measurements would make it so much easier to begin the project. Would appreciate if you would be willing to share those. Thank you. Really like the plastic one best.

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