sunday was my brother's birthday, and inspired by the case that genny made for me and by my brother's frequent comments about needing protection for his ipod, i made one for him.
it was super easy! in fact, i am adding a little tutorial below.
this is just one of the crafts i have been working on to be gifted. i started thinking about christmas ages ago. partly, to plan ahead and have enough time to make things. partly, because just thinking about making things for others is so fun!
the 10- minute ipod case tutorial
this case was made to fit an older ipod nano, which measures 2 inches by 2.75 inches. one of the best things about an ipod case is that it is a wonderful way to use small fabric scraps. if you use wool felt and fleece, as i did, there are no edges to finish, making this a 10 minute project. (seriously. and i am the one that always take 30 minutes for the 10 minute projects!)
materials: wool felt, fleece, 1 thin hair elastic, button, thread, needle
1) cut fabric to size. i cut mine 2.5 inches wide and 8 inches long. do this for both the outer and inner fabrics.
2) pin the outer and inner fabrics together and stitch them together in a straight line across one of the shorter ends.
3) fold that stitched end up to form a pocket that is approximately 3 inches deep (leaving you with a "flap" that is approximately 2 inches). pin in place.
4) fold the flap over to assess how it will lay once finished with the case closed. cut the thin elastic hairband in half, then tuck the two cut ends between your outer and inner layers on the short end of the flap, creating a loop. stitch back and forth over the elastic and outer felt layer to secure. make sure the inner fleece layer doesn't get stitched down yet.
5) returning to the pocket portion of the case, start at one of the bottom corners and stitch all the way around the entire case, including the flap. in doing this, you are stitching the pocket into place, stitching the inner and outer together, and sandwiching and further securing the hair elastic between the outer and inner layers.
6) hand sew the button onto the front of the case, to hold the elastic loop, keeping the flap closed.
eccola' you have an ipod cozy. add an itunes gift card for a lovely gift or pop it in someone's stocking this christmas.
UPDATE: the day after sewing this case, my brother got an iPod touch. i gifted it to him anyway, since he planned to continue using his nano. he loves the case, but asked me to make another case for his touch, with a slimmer design, no flap, and snug fitting enough to grip the iPod to prevent it from sliding out. after a couple of unfinished trials, i scrapped what i was patterning in my head, pulled out my box of scraps, found part of a sleeve from a felted wool sweater, cut a measured rectangle, and sewed the bottom and sides to fit. this left me a simple, recycled, masculine case, just thick enough to prevent damage if dropped, but slim enough to fit in a pocket. again, the wool meant no extra sewing for me to make nice edges, and the felted sweater had just enough stretch to allow the iPod to slide in and out, but not fall out.