Gadget Guard PDF Sewing Pattern

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  • Prices are in USD
  • 18-page full color detailed instructions with photos
  • Measure your device and use the formula on the worksheet provided to find your pattern piece size with options for zipper on the long or short side
  • Designed for devices up to 1″ thick
  • Zipper opens wide to allow for a snug fit
  • Front expandable zippered pocket holds a charging cable or small accessories
  • This is a PDF Sewing Pattern. You must be able to open, save, and print a PDF file. 
  • A download link will be provided after purchase
  • Sorry, no refunds on digital products.


This has been near the top of my list since the beginning. My friends, family and myself have been enjoying these for years and I decided it was finally time to share the secret. The last time I started writing this pattern, I tried to make pattern pieces for each size, and then a week later new devices came out and I realized there was no way to do it without leaving someone out or constantly updating the pattern. So, I found a a way for you to use the formula that I used to create your own pattern pieces. This way it doesn’t matter if your iPad or tablet or e-reader have a case on them, or you have a less common laptop size.

  • Front zippered pocket is expandable to hold a small cable or accessories
  • Skip the front zippered pocket to make a simpler version
  • Fully customizable and allows you to choose to make a vertical or horizontal sleeve
  • Written for perfectly thin and squishy Soft and Stable, available at local quilt shops or online.

This is a super clean, perfect corner zipper installation technique that you will learn and can apply to any top-zip bag or pouch. The open-wide feature allows you to get that super snug fit by allowing full clearance of the zipper. Make them in smaller sizes to hold embroidery or make a purse pack to hold all the little things that keep you from switching purses all the time. Make one for each kid to hold their crayons and toys. Make one and tell your husband that’s ALL you will carry for him in your bag. :P Box the bottom corners for a pouch will sit open wide. Skip the pocket and quilt or patchwork the cover. This is a really great, basic pattern that you will make over and over. It’s fast, especially without the pocket, and you can make them for any thin device!

Materials Needed

Fabric requirements will depend on the size of your device.
Laptops: 1 yard main fabric, 1/2 to 1 yard lining
Tablets: 1/2 to 1 yard main fabric, 1/2 yard lining
Mini tablets & e-readers: 1/2 yard main fabric, 1/2 yard lining
Woven fusible interfacing: 1/2 yard to 1 yard (Recommended: Pellon SF-101)
Batting alternative Soft & Stable: 1/2 yard – 1 yard (Available at local quilt shops and online)
2 nylon zippers each 4” longer than your device (Recommended: #4.5 long pull purse zippers)
2” of paper backed fusible web (optional)
Rotary mat & cutter – No pattern pieces provided for this custom sized sleeve
90 or 100 Microtex/Sharp or Topstitch or Denim needles
Marking tool such as chalk or an air erasable marker
Point turner
Pins and binding clips

Finished Size

A snug fit for your device.

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by Ruth on
Gadget Guard

Love it! well written! made 4 Nook covers for my travelling grandkids. No problems at all! Also bought your zip n go purse, same experience!thanks

by Valerie on
Gadget Guard - woopie

Erin you have done it again, a perfect design and pattern. My new Christmas present Kindle Paperwhite fits perfectly. The formula for working out the size was an inspiration and makes the pattern so useful for so many things. Thank You. Have a very happy new year, cannot wait to see what you have coming up. Best wishes for your move to Sydney. Lovely city. Valerie

by Karen Wetherall on
Gadget Guarded

Bought this to make a protective cover for my new love, an ultra slim A4 Light Box.
Followed Erin's instructions and made a great snug home for my glossy treasure.
Highly recommended for all your treasured devices!

by Cherie on
The last gadget case pattern you'll ever need!

I am in love with gadgets, tech gadgets, portable electronics…can't get enough. LOL And now I am in love with being able to have custom padded sleeves, covers and cases for every single one of them!

This is a very detailed, and extremely easy to follow pattern with tons of photographs, that make it easy, even if you've never made a bag, sleeve or pouch before. Erin even includes tips that can be used for many other projects on other patterns!

What I really love most though, is that this ONE pattern is all I need to make an infinite variety of custom covers for all my thin gadgets (and I am already thinking of boxed corners for my thicker gadgets, too). Erin figured out an easy way for the sewer to make this pattern fit any size device, so I don't have to buy any more gadget/tech device patterns! I'd pay double the price for that advantage alone!!!

I highly, highly recommend this wonderful and classy looking pattern. Erin and Dog Under My Desk have hit it out of the ball park -again- with this pattern!

by Jessica on
It's finally here...and worth the wait!

As always, Gadget Guard lives up to the DUMD reputation of clear instructions, great pictures and a wonderful finished product. If you are familiar with the two-zip hipster, essential wristlet and get carded, you'll recognize elements of all three in this. I've made 3 of them for 3 different devices and following Erin's formula, all have fit perfectly. This is a fairly quick make, the perfect gift for the gadget obsessed person in your life.