Tutorial {Quick Sew Protective Sleeve}

Greetings! Today I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial on a protective sleeve I made for my tablet and battery back up. These two live in my metal cash box and I was concerned about them getting dinged up or scratched. I also wanted something cute that would be very easy to get the tablet in and out of while at market. The tablet is how I take credit cards (with a card reader attachment) and keep up with sales, so quick access is a must.

I will be using my tablet as an example, but this can easily be translated in to any size.


  • Scrap fabric for the exterior
  • Scrap fabric for the interior
  • Scraps of batting
  • Elastic and button (optional)

**Note, size of scraps necessary will vary depending on the size of the item you are protecting**

Step 1: Measure your device.

Step 2: Cut exterior, lining and batting pieces.  You will need two (2) of each and they should be cut 1" larger than the measurement you took in Step 1. Batting isn't very pretty, so I didn't take a picture of it. Make sure you cut two anyway.

Step 3: *OPTIONAL* Layer one lining piece, wrong sides together, with a piece of batting.  Find the center by folding the layered piece in half, length wise. Place an elastic loop, as shown below, in the center and stitch, 1/8" from the edge, over the elastic.  I like to stitch back and forth two or three times, to make sure the elastic is secure. You should also leave a bit of elastic hanging over the edge of the piece.

Step 4: Layer an exterior piece, right side down, on top of the lining and batting that you prepared in Step 3.  Stitch, with a 1/4" seam, along the top edge. Repeat with the other set of pieces. Again, layer batting, lining right side up, exterior right side down.


Step 5: Flip exterior piece over so that it is wrong sides together with the batting. You should have two pieces that look like this. Top stitch the top edge and quilt as desired.

Step 6: Place quilted panels, right sides together, and stitch a 1/4" seam around the sides and bottom, back stitching at the beginning and end. Snip threads and corners and turn right side out.

Step 7: Sew a button onto the front of the sleeve, slide your device in, and enjoy!

My sleeve is unfinished, but you could zig zag, over lock or serger stitch the edges before turning to prevent fraying and have a cleaner look.  You could also bind the raw edges to cover them completely, but keep in mind this may snug up the sleeve more than you would like, so be sure to check the fit before sewing on the binding. In the end, I removed the elastic and button because it was a bit too fussy for my purposes. I think the next sleeve I make, I'll sew a Velcro flap for a flatter profile. I'll update this tute if and when I do make any changes.

I hope you found this quick sew sleeve tutorial useful. If you make one, I'd love to see it.  You can tag me on Instagram (@charliemarmalade) and use the hashtag #quicksewsleeve.



08.05.2015 | 3 Comments | in: Tutorial

To market! To market!

Boy has this space been neglected, for a myriad of reasons, but mostly because I haven't made it a priority. I plan to change that. Starting now. 

Moving on.

For the last three months, I have been participating in Gruene Market Days in historic Gruene, Texas. This is a two day, outdoor, market with various artisans and makers, as well as food vendors. Plus, the guy who sells plants. Before May, I had never participated in a market or show, and I decided that trial by fire was the way to go. I am sure that everyone prepares for events differently, I prefer the barely contained chaos method. 


Once past the planning phase, the making starts and gone are the days of neatly folding fabric not in use and placing it back where it belongs. Large piles start to form on every flat surface. 

The making continues right up until it is time to leave for the show. It isn't all bad though. Sometimes in the chaos, I find my next project by accident. For instance, this fabric pull almost came together on it's own.

I have several posts planned about my process and design stages. What would you like to see? Leave me a note in the comments and I'll see what I can do.

Thanks for stopping by!


07.22.2015 | 15 Comments | in: Market, process


Just stopping in to say I have added new things to the shop! I think I am finally getting the hang of managing this website.  Did I just jinx myself? Probably.

I have several more projects in the works.  Now I just need to find the time to finish them all!


Go and have a look!

Cheers, Katie

06.03.2014 | 1 Comment

What's in a name

Charlie Marmalade.  Charlie Marmalade? Yep.  Charlie Marmalade.

That about sums up my thought process when deciding what to name this little venture. Even people that know me fairly well may be scratching their heads a bit. So let me tell you a little story.

After we had our first daughter, my father-in-law started calling her Charlie.  This is not her name.  In my mind, it isn't even close and, here is some unflattering truth, I didn't like it.  It bugged me.  We didn't name her Charlie, why couldn't we just call her by her real name? But good daughter-in-laws don't tell Grandpa not to nickname their grandgirls, so Grandpa called her Charlie.  After a time, along came daughter number two.  Guess what? Another nickname. Can you see where this is going? Yes, he chose Marmalade. Sigh. Marmalade. Another nickname I did not want for my child.

So, Katie, why on earth did you name your company after those irksome little nicknames? Good question.  The answer is simple.  Perspective.

We lost my father-in-law last year. He is gone and right now, at this very moment, I would give a lot of things to hear him call my oldest Charlie or my youngest Marmalade.  I would love to hear him laugh or see that sneaky glint in his beautiful blue eyes he would get when he was pulling my chain. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. I miss him and I am sad my girls will grow up without him around.

So, the name is a reminder. A reminder to cherish those little girls that are currently refusing to go to sleep even though they desperately need it. A reminder to not sweat the small stuff.  A reminder to not take people for granted. A reminder that this journey we are all on is fleeting and we should make the most of it.


05.27.2014 | 2 Comments | in: About


I finally have this thing up and running.  It might just be a miracle. You know when you start something and you think it won't be that hard or time consuming and it turns out to actually be THAT hard and THAT time consuming? Yes, that was this website endeavor for me.

So, welcome to my space. Perhaps you would like to know a little bit about me? 'Let me explain. No, there is too much.  Let me sum up.'*

What feels like many moons ago, I was a Commercial Real Estate Banker.  It was a high stress, high stakes job that often had me working 70 hour weeks and traveling quite a bit and I loved it.  Like we all do at some point, I met, fell in love with, and married a wonderful person. We decided to start a family.  Our oldest daughter decided to surprise us 13 weeks early.  Because of that, I had a drastic, unexpected, career change to full-time Mom.  It took some getting used to, but I love it. I am now a full-time Mom to two healthy little girls and I couldn't be more thrilled about that.

I started sewing (in earnest) in the summer of 2011.  I decided I wanted to learn to quilt, so I watched a lot of YouTube videos, took some classes on Craftsy, and was hooked not long after. Sewing wasn't entirely new to me, but the precision and math of quilting certainly was and that really appealed to me.  The rest, as they say, is history.

I hope to share all sorts of crafty, creative, things in this space.  I love to make things, but I also love to design.  I have a few patterns that I plan to have tested and offered here soon.  I also have a tutorial, or two, percolating.  All kinds of exciting things to come.

Are you still reading? Oh, good.  Thank you for stopping by and I promise my posts in the future will have a lot more photos.



*Name that movie :-)

05.10.2014 | 8 Comments | in: Welcome
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