Canvas is not only what painters use to begin their masterpieces, it's also the ideal fabric to craft covers for heavy-use gear like a laptop or tablet. But utility canvas doesn't have to be boring and bare, and a pretty canvas doesn't have to live its life hanging on a wall.
Inspired by an iPad case from Anthropologie, Caitlin, a craft contributor to Say Yes to Hoboken, used unframed and unstretched printed canvases to create an envelope-style case for her own tablet. Pairing the canvases with some cotton fabric, a few pieces of leather and some basic sewing skills, the inexpensive DIY version comes really close to Anthro's out-of-stock case. Plus, it can be totally customized with your own canvas prints.
I would never advise cutting and sewing a priceless piece of artwork, of course. Printed canvas is different than a canvas that's been painted on, and the prints (sometimes referred to as giclée canvas prints) can be bought or made several different ways.
- Search eBay or Etsy or your local antiques market for unstretched canvas prints. For an iPad case like Caitlin's, you'll want two canvases that are at least 18" wide.
- Order a custom printed canvas from an online service like CanvasPop, which can print original artwork or photos onto a rolled canvas (a single 18"x24" print is $75, but sizes and prices vary). Apartment Therapy's Sonia Zjawinski gave CanvasPop a positive review.
- You can also get canvas printed at some local copy shops, like FedEx Office.
- Do it yourself at home. Seriously! Office Depot sells letter-sized coated canvas cloth both online and in-store that's designed to run through a basic at-home inkjet printer. It's too small a size to wrap an iPad, but it could be stitched together or fashioned into a smaller case for a smaller tablet or other device.
More info and images: Say Yes to Hoboken
(Images: Caitlin Sheree/Say Yes to Hoboken)