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Sew your own iPad case

Posted by micaela.hoo from San Francisco, California, United States • Published See micaela.hoo's 8 projects »
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  • How to make a laptop case. I Pad And Kindle Case - Step 1
    Step 1

    1. Carefully cut out the pages from your hardback book – use a very old and very dull book so you don’t feel as bad tearing it up!

  • How to make a laptop case. I Pad And Kindle Case - Step 2
    Step 2

    2. Cut a piece of paper about half an inch larger than the hardback book’s cover when laid flat. Glue the paper to the outside of the cover, folding the excess edges over the inside of the cover and smoothing out the paper to avoid any air bubbles or wrinkles. Secure the inside edges with sticky tape.

  • How to make a laptop case. I Pad And Kindle Case - Step 3
    Step 3

    3. Cut another piece of paper which is very slightly smaller in height than the inside of your book cover. In respect of the width, the paper only needs to be about two thirds of the width of the cover – you’ll see why in a moment! Glue the paper to the inside of the cover, making sure to cover the left side and center in full.

  • How to make a laptop case. I Pad And Kindle Case - Step 4
    Step 4

    4 & 5. Cut a piece of cardboard just a little smaller than the right side of the book cover – this will become the base for your Kindle / iPad / other electronic whatnot and is the reason why you didn’t need to cover the entire inside of your case! Cover the cardboard in paper (you could use a contrasting paper if you fancy) and secure the edges with lots of sticky tape – no need to worry if the backside of the cardboard piece is messy, you won’t be able to see it once it’s finished.

  • How to make a laptop case. I Pad And Kindle Case - Step 5
    Step 5

    6. Now the tricky part. Take some elastic and wrap it around your kindle / iPad and the cardboard piece to measure how much you will need for each corner. Be careful to ensure that the elastic pieces aren’t too long – they need to be slightly on the small side, so as to allow the elasticity to hold your kindle / iPad in place. Wrap the elastic around each corner of the cardboard and secure with plenty of sticky tape.

  • How to make a laptop case. I Pad And Kindle Case - Step 6
    Step 6

    7 & 8. Once the four elastic corners are in place, measure a long piece of elastic which will wrap around the entire cover to keep it closed while knocking around in your bag. Stick to the backside of the cardboard piece, about an inch or so from the right-hand side (if facing the right way). Using lots and lots of glue, stick the cardboard piece to the right side of the cover. Plop a big pile of books on top and leave to dry (overnight preferably).

  • How to make a laptop case. I Pad And Kindle Case - Step 7
    Step 7

    Et voilà! A pretty custom-made case for your kindle or iPad which costs next to nothing and looks fabulous!

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