Honestly, I still don't totally but it sure is a fun toy to play with. It is fun to have a fast little computer that's easily accessible and quick to start up, without the teeny little screen of my iPhone.
I really feel like I'm living in the future at times with how much we can do on our smart phones - I set my DVR from the middle of the grocery store, get updates on my bank balance through text, borrow books from my public library and have them wirelessly downloaded to me in seconds, buy Breaking Dawn tickets and pick out my reserved seat from the comfort of my own bed ..... it's all pretty cool.
So of course I had to make a cute cover for it as soon as I brought it home. I knew I wanted something patchworky with some of my favorite fabrics included so I started by making this teensy tiny quilt block:
Then I just kept adding linen until it was big enough. For the back I used some more teeny tiny (finishing at 1" square) squares with the fabrics from the front. I used Amber from One Shabby Chick's tutorial as a jumping off point - she gave me the measurements I needed to make sure I was getting a snug fit for my iPad.
I did my closure a little bit differently then her, instead of sticking it in the seam so it was only visible on the front, I just sewed the whole tab thing right onto the outside of the back of the pouch so you could see it from the front and the back.
It's a perfect fit and very snug with the smart cover I have on the front of it. Also my little stylus clips onto the tab on the top and keeps it from getting lost. A stylus is a MUST for me, I find it really clunky to navigate and type on the iPad keyboard and screen. I went out and bought it after having the iPad for just a day.
I quilted it pretty densely so it would be sturdy - and it's lined with both interfacing as well as fusible fleece. It's thick! I have to say - Grace handled the thickness amazingly!
Another must have for me that I discovered is the Flipbook app! If you have an iPad you must get this free app - it's so fun. It's a way more visual way of surfing through your Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook feeds. This screen capture is from my Pinterest feed. :] I love it. You can favorite & comment on things just the same as in the regular apps - it's just so much prettier.
My friend Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations also got the very same iPad this week for her birthday and made an awesome case for it - rainbowy and gorgeous! Go check out her post too.