This stylin’ little iPod case was a special request by my youngest daughter, Ashton.
It started out as this:
Looks like a pile of garbage. Right? Wrong!! Scraps of fabric and cardboard turned stylish iPod case. Throw in some elastic and a bejeweled brad and TA DA!!
Inspired by this post I found on Pinterest by Come Together Kids, I decided to make a case for the new Acer tablet my daughter Peyton bought for herself. Click the picture to check out the tutorial on Come Together Kids.
What a clever idea. What this post did for me was give me an ah ha moment. I knew I wouldn’t use an old book, or follow the tutorial (I don’t follow directions well), but I knew right then I would make Peyton a case for her tablet (something that otherwise might not have occurred to me). Thank you Laura at Come Together Kids, and thanks to everyone who shares projects on their blogs, Linky parties and Pinterest for spreading the creative inspiration.
Peyton’s case is still a work-in-progress. Since I eventually make more of my creations to sell, I want to make sure it’s durable, so I’m sewing the fabric cover, but I still have to work out how to finish it.
The other night, I had an epiphany; I decided to sew the fabric to the cardboard. It turns out the cover I made for Peyton’s tablet is too thick, but I grabbed a piece of a cardboard box and ran it through the sewing machine. IT WORKED (and put my creative mind in over-drive).
When I started the case for Pey’s tablet, Ashton asked if I’d make a case for her iPod. Perfect project to try out my cardboard sewing technique.
I grabbed some scraps of fabric, and a box (Girl Scout cookie case), and dove in.
1. Cut the cardboard to the desired size (slightly larger than the iPod), then bend to create a book cover. I used a ruler to mark the two places I wanted to bend the cardboard, then placed a book on the cardboard with the edge lined up with my marks and folded the cardboard up.
2. Cut two pieces of fabric about one inch longer and wider than the cardboard.
3. Lay the cardboard on the table with what will be the outside of the case (book) facing up. Spread tacky glue on the cardboard, and place the fabric right-side up on top of the cardboard. Smooth the fabric.
4. Flip the cardboard over, cut the corners at diagonals, fold all 4 sides of the fabric over and glue to the box making neat corners.
5. Fold the sides of the second piece of fabric and iron so the folded fabric covers the inside of the case/book when placed on top. Use Tacky glue to glue down so all edges are lined up.
6. Sew a straight stitch about 1/4 inch from the edge around the cardboard (I keep a quilting foot on my sewing machine since I often sew thicker or layered materials).
7. Sew elastic diagonally in the corners to hold the iPod. I used two pieces of elastic in opposite corners – that holds the iPod very secure.
Finally, I needed something to hold the case closed. I thought about attaching ribbon to tie or velcro the case closed, but to make it look neat, I needed to glue the ribbon to the inside of the case before the fabric. Too late for that. I needed something I had on-hand…. What I settled on was a bejeweled brad (found in the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby), and thick elastic cord (kept from broken tent poles – more saved junk put to use).
I poked a hole through the cover of the case, put the brad through and bent the prongs. I made sure that there was space between the brad and the cover for my elastic cord..
I glued a piece of felt over the bent prongs to help keep the brad secure,
and sewed the elastic cord inside the back cover and IT’S FINISHED!! YAY!!
I think the turned out so cute!! Now my imagination is going wild. There are SO many possibilities….
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