diy leather ipad case

January 29, 2014


diy  leather ipad case // almost makes perfect

i’ve been meaning to update my ipad case forever… and on a whim a few months ago, i bought a yard of this soft white faux leather. so expect to see it used in a few more projects because i have a huge ass roll of it now.

i can barely sew — as i’ve said before, so if you’re a great sewer, this will be a cinch for you. for me, not so easy.

diy leather ipad case - materials

L E A T H E R  I P A D  C A S E

soft leather
elastic band
upholstery scissors (or a rotary cutter if you get down)
suede cord
glue (optional)

diy leather ipad case


step one . cut down your leather using your ipad as a guide. leave it long on top and bottom.

step two . cut out four strips of the elastic, making sure they’re long enough to essentially loop around the corners of the ipad.

step three . again, using your ipad as a guide, measure and mark where your elastic pieces will go to securely fit. if they’re too loose, un pin and pin again. you want to make sure they’re as tight as possible so it won’t fall out. pin the elastic down into place.

step four . sew the elastic bands into the leather. it’s ok if it looks whack — it really won’t be visible once your ipad is in place. also if your elastic is not perfectly straight like mine, as long as you have enough leather to trim off on top and bottom – you can make it straight afterwards.

* step five . now if you’re not an advanced sewer, you might notice the back looks wonky once the elastic is sewn in. mine pinched all over the place which i knew would bother me. so in order to hide this (and add more protection to the ipad) i cut out another piece of leather and glued them together.

step six . once the leathers dry, measure, mark and cut out the shape you want. you can do a much straighter line with a rotary cutter, but my scissors worked fine. i cut it long enough so there would be a flap on the right side of the ipad.

step seven . using an xacto, cut a slit onto your flap and make sure it’s wide enough for your cord to thread through. knot it on the inside, and trim it to where you can wrap the cord around the case a couple of times.

diy leather ipad case

and there you have it! a very minimal and simple ipad case that’s soft enough to cuddle with. (i cuddle my ipad a lot.)

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i remembered right when i finished the case that i really want to swap out my ipad for an ipad mini, so i might be making another case someday.

25 comments on “diy leather ipad case

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  3. Adrianne

    Yeah same question here – where are you finding your leather? Really cute case – I like the minimalist look. I also really like the way you secured the iPad into the case – I’ve been pondering the best way to do this myself so I’ll give this a try.

    If you’re up for a little hand-sewing practice when you get your iPad mini I have a tutorial for the one I made on my blog :)

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  10. ihearthappy

    Such a cute dyi. You could also add new elastic to accommodate the smaller ipad mini on this same case and have it be versatile. if the extra fabric bothers you, you could just trim it down to make it permanently fit the mini. good luck!

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