Welcome back to another edition of our do-it-yourself project spotlight. We celebrate all things handmade, homemade, and self-made. Last week, we told you about the DIY iPad teleprompter that can be made for about $5. That is a pretty good discount from the hundreds of dollars you’d spend on a professional teleprompter for your iPad.
This week, we have a pretty and sweet DIY iPad case that is similar to Practically Functional’s DIY iPad Case, but has a slight variation, just in case you don’t have any old three-ring binders sitting around the house.
Today’s DIY project comes from Laura at Make Life Lovely. Her idea for an iPad case came from a design contest entry that required contestants to create an iPad or iPhone case out of upcycled materials.
So, grab that dress from last year that doesn’t fit you anymore and the cardboard box your most recent Amazon purchase came in and get ready to make your very own iPad case.
For this project, you’ll need a cardboard box, or any type of cardboard that will be big enough to cover your iPad. You’ll also need an old article of clothing. If you have a pile of clothes that don’t fit anymore, dig around until you find what you like. You should have on hand some spray mount, needle and thread or a glue gun, a sewing machine and sewing notions, two 8-inch pieces of ribbon, two 13-inch pieces of ribbon and a length of elastic for keeping the cover closed.
First, you will need to cut out your cover. Cut two 8 x 10 rectangles and one 1 x 10 rectangle. Label your pieces so you don’t forget which piece is used for which. Then, let out your fabric so that it lays flat like a new piece of material. The best article of clothing would be a skirt, but you could also use a dress, a large t-shirt, or a button-up shirt. Just make sure to undo all of the stitching so that there is enough material to cover two pieces of 8 x 10-inch cardboard, twice.
Find the widest part of the material and fold it in half so that you have two wrong-sided pieces of material that are bigger than two 8 x 10-inch pieces of cardboard.
Lay your cardboard down on the wrong side of the material, side-by-side, and trace around your pieces. Then, add another exterior line about an inch from the lines you’ve already drawn on three of the sides. Leave the folded side alone since you won’t be sewing it together.
Cut out your pattern and remove the pieces of cardboard. Sew the two short sides together and turn your iPad cover right side-out.
Then, spray your 8 x 10-inch pieces of cardboard with spray adhesive and shove them into either side of the cover. Once they are in place, smooth out any wrinkles and make sure they are snug in their place. You don’t need the 1 x 10 inch piece of cardboard anymore. You can throw it in the recycle bin.
Next you will need to close off the cover by folding the 1-inch sides in and either hand stitching it closed with a needle and thread, or using hot glue to close off the seam.
Using the 13-inch ribbons, hot glue one ribbon to one side in the center and the other ribbon to the other side. Now that the two ribbons are connected to the cover, you can tie your case closed.
Once the exterior is finished, you will add the iPad holders. Using the two 8-inch strips of ribbon, create loops around your tablet and glue them to the interior. For a finishing touch, add a rectangular square that is smaller than the case to the interior to hide the ribbon backing.
For added security, you can add a band of elastic around the outside. Laura used an old elastic headband from her daughter.
Now you have a sweet and beautiful ipad case made from old materials you’ve got lying around the house.
Thanks to Laura at Make Life Lovely for showing us how to make this sweet iPad case. Check out her website to see what else she does to make life lovely.