Monday, 24 January 2011

iPad cover anyone?

Would an iPad you know, like it's own customised wool cover?

It was Ian's birthday this week and he really has everything that a middle aged young man could need. 
Why not make his second true love (after the dog me) a warm cosy sleeve? 
So I set about constructing his own personalised, app-inspired iPad cover.
What do you think?

I had to include iTunes, Mail, and Flickr apps but didn't want to miss his favourites ...Talking Tom and Solitaire. Just so he will always know where he is, I also included the Beijing Taxi guide and Things.

How to make a cover for an iPad near you:
1. Take some woollen fabric, wash it on a high temperature with lots of soap powder. This makes it nice and felty.
2. Find small scraps of felt and have fun cutting out shapes that remind you of some apps from the iPad.
3. Hand stitch the details onto the squares.
4. Cut the wool to size to fit your iPad, but make one piece 2-3in or 7-10cm longer. This will form the flap.
5. Hand stitch the app squares onto the wool cover.
6. When all the apps are sewn on, machine stitch the two pieces of wool fabric together - leaving the edges raw and on the outside. (The wool is felted and should not unravel. Check this before sewing!)
6. I cut a circle from velcro and sewed the two pieces on, to act as a simple catch.

Tip: Give yourself longer than one day to make this, the hand stitching was slower than anticipated. Plus I kept adding another app design - I was having so much fun. (Why do I always start making presents too close to the birthday?)

You could use the same idea in a mini version for an iPod or iPhone.
I will not be going into commercial production!


dolie said...

Bet you would if they offered you enough!
It is fantastic, Ian will carry that with pride,how clever of you. xx

Kathy said...

That's so clever - that would appeal to my daughter - she loves that kind of craftiness! Well done!

Ingrid said...

Thanks for the enthusiasm - so glad to know you both like it.
I x

Astrid said...

Looks great! Lucky Dad. Those app icons are so realistic, I bet he won't even need the ipad... he'll just play with the cover!

A Garden of Threads said...

Lucky guy. You did a beautiful job.

Kathryn said...

Ahhh I love this, it's so clever! I don't know anyone who has the ipad, but the iphone cover would be fun to do too!

Lynn said...

What a great idea! You did a super job and I'm sure your hubby loves it. Very clever and practical yet loaded with "fun". Nice work!
~Lynn at Cottage and Creek

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