Book Cover iPad/iPhone Case

February 13, 2012

“The human body is a machine which winds its own springs.  “

Says Julien Offroy de la Mettrie, writer of L’Homme Machine. Today’s repurposing is how I took a title in a new direction. While thrifting with me, my mother picked up this beautiful silver book and handed it to me. “The Incredible Machine” was its title, and immediately we knew what it would become. The book actually referred to the human body, but I had something a little different in mind. You see, for Christmas, I received an iPad from my wonderful parents, and this book was going to be its newest home.

My iPad and its home.

My iPad and its home.

lookin' fancy

Lookin' fancy!

Book Cover iPad/iPhone case

  • Materials needed: Utility knife, a book, a zipper, fabric, fabric glue, scissors, padding (I used cheap felt squares from the Wal-Mart craft section), and some patience!
  • Time it took: 2 hours, not counting the hour of celebration after its completion
  • Things I learned the hard way: Let the glue dry. That’s why I included ‘patience’ in the materials list: the zipper won’t be ready in five minutes, or even fifteen, as I discovered.

How did I do it?

I saw this here, and fell in love with it. I didn’t really find any instructions, so this one is all me this time!

I also made an iPhone case:

iphone case

Not as clean, but it still happened!

The run down: Find a book that will hold your iPad. Cut out all the pages, and don’t worry about how dirty it looks, you’ll just be covering it up with fabric. Cut out felt squares that are 1″ from the edges of your book, and fabric that is .5″ away from the edges. Glue down the felt (I used three sheets on each side), and then glue the fabric on top. NOW! The tricky part was the zipper. I had to google like crazy to figure out how to install a zipper, and eventually I just went for it. I glued right around the edges, so that it covered up where my fabric stopped. I also used standard fabric glue. Give it an hour to dry! Then, I cut out a tube of felt and wrapped fabric around it for the middle of my book and glued that down. Pretty easy!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: