If you keep up with me on Twitter, you may have seen that last week, I won my very own iPad 3 from the lovely people at Create. And while I was really thankful for such an amazing prize, my girlfriendly duties kicked in, and I
grudgingly happily handed it over to Mark as a token of my love. But that left the iPad 1 we have all for me! And now I can play Draw Something on a bigger screen, which makes me very very happy.
But given the fragile nature of these sorts of gadgets and my well-known clumsiness when it comes to Apple products, I decided that I should probably buy a case of some sort so that I didn’t scratch, shatter or crack the thing. But when trolling the internet, I couldn’t see anything I really really liked. So I figured I’d go ahead and MAKE one instead!
I looked through a few different tutorials on Pinterest, but in the end, I kind of used a mishmash of techniques to create my own take. I even took photos along the way so that if it worked, I could show the madness to my method.
And it turns out – I am something of a creative genius, because my new case is both stylish AND practical. Plus, it could double as a really fab clutch!
Want to see the finished product and see how I did it? Here we go!
What You’ll Need:
1 large padded envelope (345mm x 260mm)
glue and/or mod podge
small paint brush
various fabrics (an old shirt can work just as well)
need and thread
Grab yourself a large padded envelope and make sure the iPad fits inside. The large size of Royal Mail envelopes are fairly cheap and just perfect for this project.
Cut off the top of the envelope. Then, measure down so that the front of the envelope is cut out to just above the height of the iPad. The back will then fold down into a flap.
Note: I am an idiot and didn’t bother measuring, so my cuts weren’t always completely straight. Don’t be like me – use a ruler!
Cut a piece of fabric so that it is the same width as the envelope and long enough to cover the entire back and front of the envelope. This is going to be the lining of the case, so it will be sitting inside the pocket and needs to be long enough. If in doubt, actually stuff the fabric inside and make sure it fits properly.
Then, take a needle and thread and stitch the fabric to the top of the inside of the envelope (the bit with the bubble wrap showing).
Once the top is secure, push the lining into the pocket so that it sits flat and even. If it starts to bunch, you may need to cut bits off of each side to thin it out. Remember that the inside is a tiny bit less wide than the outside.
Now fold down any excess fabric and use the needle and thread to secure the fabric to the top of the pocket. Then cut off the excess fabric so that you have a neat line. Don’t worry too much, though, as it’ll get covered up soon anyway.
Note: you COULD use hot glue instead of sewing if you are not confident. But I like the look and security that sewing gets me.
Now you need to cut a piece of fabric which fits all the way around the outside of the envelope and is just slightly wider. Take some glue or mod podge and use the small paint brush to cover the front part of the envelope. Place the fabric over it and smooth down. Make sure you take care to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.
Then turn the envelope over and do the same to the other side.
Note: The fabric will stick, but you may want to add some more mod podge or glue on TOP of the fabric so that it really seeps in and gets tacky. It adds some extra security and won’t hurt the fabric at all.
Trim the edges of the fabric so that there’s about an inch on every side. Then use more glue or mod podge to glue the bits to the inside of the case.
Once you’re happy, wait for it to dry completely. This can take a couple of hours.
Cut out and glue a piece of felt to the top inside bit of the case. I used red here to give a nice contrast to the black and white of the case. Smooth out the felt so that there are no bubbles. Once it is dry, look at the front and trim off anything that’s showing.
Note: Don’t worry if things look a bit haphazard. It is the final touches that really make it look special.
Take some embroidery thread and a needle and start adding stitches around the entire outer perimeter of flap. I use a whip stitch, which is simple and pretty. Just push the needle in, pull it through and around the outside and then back in again on the same side. Over and over again.
Note: Be aware that you are going through several layers here, including felt, paper, plastic and fabric. You may want to use a thimble, as otherwise you WILL be sore. My thumb feels like I have stabbed it repeatedly!
Finish stitching all the way around the flap. Again, I used a contrasting colour so that it really stands out. I considered using black and keeping it monochrome along the outside so that the red felt inside would be extra special, but I really liked the red. Plus, I couldn’t find any black embroidery thread in my box!
Now at this point, it’s really all about what final touches you want to add. You’ll probably want to figure out a way of keeping the case closed, so a button or clasp of some sort would be good. You could always just tie a piece of string around it or use a rubber band or just leave it loose. Whatever works for you.
I decided to add a couple of buttons (one on top of the other) to the middle of the flap. This was as much for the look as for the practicality.
I also decided to add a few of the red stitches to the top of the bottom of the case. This made it look a little more cohesive, AND it helped to give extra security.
I used a bit of red ribbon hanging off the button so that it could be wrapped around the whole case and attached to keep closed. It works perfectly.
So there you are! My very own stylish and practical iPad case. It probably took a total of 2 hours of work plus a few extra hours of drying time. And as I only worked on it while Dexter was asleep, it did take me two days before it was done.
I can see SO many ways of making new ones. The options are endless. Mark has even asked me to make HIM one, but obviously more manly.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you make one, as I’d LOVE to see the finished product!