I saw a plastic one of these at Ross for $12.99 and I put it back because I figured I could make a fabric one! (Plus the plastic one looked totally cheesy and I was worried that the tablet would fall out!) This one only cost about a dollar or so, I think it’s a much better deal! This tablet holder is kind of an ugly project– I could make it cute, but it doesn’t have to be pretty because it’s useful and I’m lazy.
Also, this is for a 10.5 inch tablet, but use your own tablet measurements to figure out the right dimensions!
1 foot Clear Vinyl (I bought 4 Gauge, at least that’s what the receipt said, I just picked the thinnest)
Scrap Fabric, Just a bit bigger than your tablet
Use your tablet to measure out your fabric. There should be at least and inch or two on each side.
Cut out the fabric, and cut out the same size for the plastic.
Next, you will want to go out to the car and measure around the headrest with a flexible tape measure. You will need the length around the top to bottom (make sure they overlap) and around the top, from side to side. That length, plus an extra 10 inches is how much ribbon you will need.
Each length of ribbon will be cut into two, but don’t do it evenly. Have more on one side than the other so that the bow you tie will be able to be tied off to the side, so that there won’t be a knot in the back of the person’s head that is sitting in the seat.
Put your plastic on top of your back fabric and place the ribbons in the middle, with the edges at the edge of the fabric and plastic,
Sew the 3 sides, and turn it inside out. (This is where more work could be done to make it prettier, those seams are pretty ugly! Covering them with bias tape might be cute.)
Next, make a bias tape or use an already bought one and finish off the top edge. A ribbon will need to be added to the top as well.
This is going to be so helpful for our next road trip, as my son has started watching cartoons lately. I’m going to try to save it for when he gets really cranky though!
I was impressed to find out that the touch screen was still able to be used with the clear vinyl. The vinyl does cling to the screen as well.