We love Do It Yourself (DIY) projects here at PadGadget. The level of creativity and ingenuity of iPad owners can be mind boggling at times. Whether it is crafty cases or homemade shutter triggers for the camera app, we think DIY-ers are great. So great, in fact, that every week, we are going to spotlight a fun DIY project. Hopefully, we’ll always be able to include a link to the how-to instructions so you can also do it yourself.
Today, we are going to tell you about a simple, but classy DIY iPad case. This is a great project for crafting newbs. It is easy to make, the instructions are very clear, and it can be done using materials found around the house. Upcycled goods are better for the environment and cost much less than brand new products.
Jessi from Practically Functional has a fantastic how-to post for a DIY iPad cover with a stand. Using an old 3-ring binder, some fabric, elastic, card stock, and a variety of crafting accessories, she was able to create a classy iPad case that would make Moleskine take notice.
Jessie removed the backing boards of an old binder by removing the plastic coating with a utility knife. Then, after measuring and cutting the board to fit the iPad, she covered it with fabric using Mod Podge, a crafter’s type of crafter’s adhesive.
After covering the outer side of the board, she punched holes near the corners and threaded elastic bands to create the strap that holds the case closed. Then, she made the iPad holder out of card stock and four more elastic bands. These were glued to the inside cover before lining it with more materials.
Jessi even remembered to make a hole for the iPad’s rear camera using a 7/16 inch grommet. The final result is a simple, yet classy iPad case that even folds over to make a landscape stand for watching movies.
Thanks Jessi for showing us how to make this awesome iPad Cover + Stand. Visit her website for step-by-step instructions, including how to cover rounded corners with fabric (like a folded paper fan).