My personal association with technology and craft comes when I mix work into my personal life – most recently in the form of a homemade iPad cover. While technology and craft go together like carrots and strawberry jam, I think it works well in this case.
The iPad cover was a special interest project in that I had searched everywhere for an interesting cover but all of the covers I had seen were masculine and boringly practical. I wanted something with a splash of originality and if it was out there for sale in a shop it would likely be a one off anyway.
2 pieces of Hard Cardboard (20x25cm)(I used old shoe boxes)
4 Pieces of Felt (20x25cm)
Clear Elastic (approx 35 cm)
3 pieces of Fabric (any fabric is fine)
Glue the felt pieces on either side of the card and leave to dry.
Lay the 22x27 piece of fabric right side out and cut the elastic into quarters. Overlay one piece of elastic diagonally on each corner of the fabric. There should be a triangle shape on the corners. Pin in place.
Join this section to the 24x27 fabric with right sides together and sew a 1cm seam along the 27cm edge. Iron the seam flat on the wrong side.
Lay this joined fabric piece out and lay the 44x27 fabric on top, right sides together. Sew around three seams, the two longer edges and the 27cm edge with the elastic, leaving the other 28cm edge open. Trim the corners and iron the seams. Also iron an inside fold into the 1cm open seam.
Insert the card and push it in. You may need to trim the card at the edge so it slides in snugly. Push one piece of card right to the end. Insert the other piece of card just to the edge of the ironed fold and pin in place.
In the middle of this seam loop a 9cm piece of shirring elastic and attach at the edge of the seam with a strong stitch. I used shirring elastic because I had some lying around but you could use any type of thin elastic. The final seam was hand sewed closed but you would be ok with a machine running stitch, very close to the edge. The loop of elastic should be sticking out from the seam.
The last thing to do is attach a button on the top. The best thing to do is check the size of the elastic loop and attach your button where it will be sturdy. Hand sew the button on with a button shank stitch.
Voila a relatively practical and original iPad cover!