Friday, December 28, 2012

Spartina 449 iPad Cover Hack: DIY Beading Tool Folio Case

Santa is KIND OF awesome.  I asked and he got me a brand new set of beading tools for Christmas.  I must have been very good!

The tools are lovely.  However, the case they came in was slightly left of boooooring.  After some brainstorming about making a cover for the case, I realized that there were a TON of pretty and fun iPad Cases on the market.  Why not just create a new insert for a cute iPad case?  And that's what I did!

Gather the following:

-One pretty iPad case of your choosing.  Mine is a Spartina 449...a company I LOVE because Daufuski Island and the patterns are just lovely.  I strongly suggest getting one that has about an inch width in the spine so you have a bit of room for your tools when the case is closed.

-Knit Elastic



-Aileen's Tacky Glue


-Brads of a smallish size.  These were the ones I had on hand and maybe a little bigger would have been better, but mine did work.  So I guess I shouldn't complain too much.

The How To-osies:

First step is to cut your felt.  Using the insert that came with the iPad case, I traced one rectangle that matched the size of an iPad.  Set that one to the side to be used later.

The second piece of felt should be cut using the same template (the size of an iPad) plus about an inch extra on either side.

Using the template, figure out how your tools will fit on the insert you're making.  In other words, plan your layout.  Mine was simple as most of the tools fit in a perfect line running up one side, with the smaller goodies on the side like so.

Mark your felt.  The dots will be where the elastic will be pinned down onto the felt.  Each dot should be placed on either side of the tool where you want it to be secured.  Remember that a lot of these spring open and in a case the elastic will keep them do your measuring with the tools closed.

Using the felt that was cut with the 1" border, cut a small slit right below where the first tool will sit.  Slide the elastic in.

Where you put your first dot is where the first brad will go.  The brad will go through the elastic, holding it in place.  This is the front:

This is the back:

Secure the elastic with a brad at every marker point.  Make another slit at the top after the last brad has been placed.  Tuck the end of the elastic into that slit.

After all the elastic has been placed down onto the felt with brads, it should look like this:

Don't fret too much about the wrinkles/puckers in the fabric.  Once the felt is secured, it won't do that anymore.

On to stabilization using your cardboard.  Take the iPad template again and cut a piece of cardboard that is the exact size of the insert.

Using Aileen's Tacky Glue, start at the top and secure a small section of the felt (with the elastic) down onto the cardboard.  Be sure to smooth out the Aileen's as you don't want the finished product to be lumpy on the front.

Once the top is secure, work from the bottom to glue down the rest of the felt.  Turn over to work on the back.

Now it is time to tuck in your ends.  Glue down the excess on the sides like so.  Try to get the corners as neat as possible, but don't fret too much.  There will be another piece of felt on top of the back to make it look a little neater.

Okay.  Remember that piece of felt you cut in the beginning that was the same size as the iPad?  That's going to get glued down on top of the back so no cardboard is visible and the back looks nice and neat.  Trim up any excess felt that is stick out in random spots.  Let everything dry, but take a peak at the front and see how awesome you are!

Once it dries, you can slip it into your case and admire your work.  I'm THRILLED that when I have to take my tools on the go, they will be organized in the cutest lil' case around.  And this concept could be used with soooo many things:  makeup, crayon case for a child, painting set.

There's even a space for my business cards!  Happy Hacking!

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