Edges were soaked with water, and sewed bit-by-bit, clipping it into place after sewing each little bit (lots of clips needed). It was only loosely sewed, missing holes (the stitches will be removed when it is dry, and then re-sewed properly without the water or clips).
When re-sewed properly, this is what it looked like:
When dry, the darkened leather (where the water was) is ‘blended in’ by wetting progressively less away from the darkened areas, and letting it
dry. After this, it is virtually invisible where it was wet.
Use some wax to protect leather. Bought from here (very knowledgeable shop owner). The colour darkens slightly as seen here:
This is it folded (some wax near the stitches is still visible, it was cleaned later):
Put the leather around tablet, and tape the edges with low-tack tape (sticky side up):
Pencil markings of where to put the glue (only three sides – the inner side will not be glued, to be able to remove the tablet):
Impact adhesive (wait 5 mins, and then it will be an instant bond when pressed together):
Glued result (it was glued with the tablet in place, and then removed along with the low-tack tape):
Size (about the same size as a National Geographic magazine, slightly thicker):
With hindsight, the sewing is unnecessary, once folded with water and clips and dry, it could just have been glued. The sewing was a waste of a lot of time.
Would I do it again? No, because the materials are too expensive, and the sewing took ages. However, it was good experience to see what a laser can do (and how to handle leather and carbon fibre), I will be laser-cutting (other things) again in future.