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Project

Denim Tech Case

Nestle your tablet inside a customized felt-lined denim sleeve. A half-yard of each fabric lets you make enough for yourself -- and a few friends.

Introduction

Sources

Denim and Railroad Deluxe denim, by Robert Kaufman, bandjfabrics.com
Wool felt, 1 mm, in Ecru, purlsoho.com
HeatnBond ultrahold iron-on adhesive, thermowebonline.com
W-3 leather washers, 3/4" by 1/4", twinleather.com
Easy-to-Do rivets and setter, tandyleatherfactory.com
Unglazed square press plate, in Natural, lilithrockettceramics.com

Materials

  • 1/2 yard denim, medium weight (6 to 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 yard wool felt
  • Iron-on adhesive, such as HeatnBond
  • Craft knife and straight edge
  • Awl or rotary punch
  • 2 leather washers
  • 2 caps and studs
  • Rivets and setter
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • Waxed twine, 12 inches long
  • iPad case diagram
  • iPad mini case diagram

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Following dimensions in diagram, create a template on paper and cut it out.

  2. Step 2

    Cut denim so it’s several inches larger, in all dimensions, than wool felt. (Both pieces of fabric should be slightly larger than template.) Fuse denim to felt with iron-on adhesive, ironing on denim side.

  3. Step 3

    Place template on fused fabric and lightly trace with a pencil. Cut out, using craft knife and straight edge.

  4. Step 4

    Use awl and a mallet, or rotary punch, to make small holes, as indicated on template. Place a small scrap of excess fused fabric at same points on felt side (to reinforce rivets). Align hole of a leather washer over one hole and set a rivet through washer, fabric, and scrap. Repeat for other rivet.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2014