Don't spend money on an iPod arm band when you can make your own!
My iPod holder recently broke, and I've been left case-less when I go to the gym. Of course I'm the girl who's iPod is constantly falling and dangling down in between the elliptical pedals. So I decided that this had to change. I made a fun little raspberry-colored fabric case from supplies I already had lying around the house. And today I'm going to share the tutorial with you!
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Begin by cutting your fabric. My rectangle was 12x8" total. My upper arm measures 11 inches around, and then I added 1 inch for seams, so this accounts for the length of the fabric piece. Add or subtract a bit to account for your arm measurements. I have one of the older iPod Nanos which is about 3" long. Multiply the length of your iPod by 2 and then add 2." So if you're making this for an iPhone 5, it should be 12x12" instead of 12x8. You will also need a small rectangle that is 2x1.5" for the loop that goes around the button.
Now you will sew the compartment for the iPod. There are two tricks for this step, so don't let your eyes glaze over now people. Place the iPod right in the center of the strip of fabric, shown above and place pins on either side of the iPod to mark your seam lines. The pins should be placed a quarter of an inch away from each side of the iPod.
Now for the first trick. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT sew all the way from one side of the fabric to the other... start sewing a quarter of an inch from the top and stop sewing a quarter of an inch from the bottom. Otherwise the stretchy fabric will bulge out on either end. And trick number two: put a piece of tissue paper under your fabric when you're sewing. It sounds crazy, I know... but it will prevent your seam from being wavy (due to the stretch in the fabric).
Next, take the small piece of fabric that you cut earlier, and fold it in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew down the long edge with a quarter inch seam allowance. Turn it inside out using the safety pin trick. Now sew both ends to the inside of the pocket that you just created for your iPod.
Last, sew your button onto the front side of the pocket. Your iPod case is finished!