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.


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

What You'll Need


  • 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


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

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

  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.

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