Not long ago my husband was given a gift through his business. It was an iPad mini, but he already had an iPad that he uses for his business. That was a complete score for me (evil laugh) because it became mine and I never thought I'd have an iPad. I've brought it with me places, but without a case I don't feel comfortable letting it sit in the black hole that my purse is. So, I made a case for it.
It's not a hard project. You just need some scrap leather and a sewing machine and you can whip one out pretty quickly. Here's how I made it.
I purchased a big piece of leather a couple of years ago and I'm still using it on projects. It's lasted forever. I also pulled out a tiny piece I had of brown leather. The leather I used here is pretty thick, stiff stuff. (You could also use felt with this tutorial, since it doesn't fray.)
Time out for a real life shot. Can you tell my boys like the iPad even more than I do? Good thing I love them. Eeewwww.
So I started by cutting a long strip of leather about an inch wider than my iPad and double the length of it. (If you don't have a piece of leather that long you could turn your device the other way and use a wider piece that's not as long.)
I made sure it would cover it entirely once sewn up the sides.
I also cut a small rectangle from the other color to be the closure strap.
I cut a small rounded piece out on the front and back to make it easy to pull out the iPad.
I sewed around the three edges of the strap, attaching velcro at the end and then sewed the edge of the last side to the backside of the case.
I kept putting the iPad in it to test it out and get it to fit just right. I figured out where the matching velcro should go so that the iPad would be strapped in tightly. Once everything looked right I sewed across the top (individually on each piece) just for looks and then I sewed up the sides.
I used black thread and I wasn't crazy about how it looked so I decided to paint the edges of the leather with some Martha Stewart paint. That paint works on any surface and it's actually really awesome stuff.
I added a covered button for looks on the strap.
And now she's ready to come along with me.
Thanks for reading.