Etsy is rife with adorable hand-made iPad cases that you can buy, but that isn’t the only place to find crafter covers for your tablet. Sometimes, creative types want to make their own iPad protectors. We’ve found some of the coolest, cutest, and most useful do-it-yourself ideas for iPad cases. If you consider yourself handy with a pair of scissors and glue, you may want to try one if these patterns out yourself.
DIY iPad Case by Crème de la Craft- This clever iPad sleeve is made out of a bubble mailer. Don’t worry, you won’t accidentally ship your iPad to Europe. Instead of just keeping the iPad in a yellow envelope, this case is completely covered in material and the mailer is just the shell. I recommend using tacky glue instead of staples and brads to secure the lining material. I wouldn’t want to scratch up the iPad screen with loose office supplies.
Duct Tape iPad Sleeve by TUAW- Duct tape is one of humanities best inventions. You can protect important things from water, build a bridge, lift a car, make a jacket, and yes, craft a manly iPad sleeve that will make you the envy of all your construction-worker buddies. There are no instructions for this DIY case, but you can tell from the pictures what the designer was up to. My recommendation is to add a layer of microfiber material to the inside. The bubble is a great idea, but I don’t like the idea of having my Retina display screen rubbing against that plastic all day long.
Urban Camouflage iPad Case by Make Magazine- My bestie, Matt, actually made this simple case a long time ago when he was feeling disillusioned by the high cost of a case for his new iPad. This is also a great way to reuse, reduce and recycle. Take one of your used composition notebooks and rip out the English Lit notes from last semester. Then, reinforce the binding with some gaffer tape. The most important part is to add non-slip grip material to the inside. Glue non-slip cupboard liner or rug gripper to the inside back. Matt didn’t even add an elastic band to keep it from falling out. However, he did mention that he was always very careful when he walked around with it. If you want something a bit sturdier, you could also check out this composition notebook case by LilBlueBoo. It is a little more complicated, but might make you feel better about its security. If you want something a little easier to make, try this.
Placemat iPad Cover by Lets Keep it Simple- This is another great up-cycle idea. How many old place-mats do you have lying around your house? Probably more than you need. If you don’t your mom probably does. Scott from Lets Keep it Simple explains a very easy way to make an iPad cover for the non-crafter. This easy how-to guide will let you make a cover for your iPad in about 10 minutes using only a place-mat, some tape and sticky Velcro. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you could substitute the taped sides with a sewn edge. Then, add and embroidery stitch to the sides for a more attractive finish.