Scratchproof Dad's tablet or e-reader with a felt sleeve that requires only basic sewing skills (the sleeves shown here are machine-sewn, but you can hand-stitch them instead). Choose a button-and-string or an elastic closure; add a small pocket for earphones. Download templates for these cases (iPad with button; iPad with elastic; iPad mini or Kindle), along with instructions for making sleeves to fit another device or a favorite book.
DIY Tech Protectors
Martha Stewart Living, June 2013