DIY Stitched Leather iPad Case

Martha Stewart

Even though you're all grown up with expensive toys, your summer camp days don't have to be over. Carve out some time for arts and crafts and make yourself something a little more practical and stylish than a macaroni necklace.

Time travel is totally possible. Head back to your younger summer days with this project: combine punched leather with inexpensive bright-colored lanyards to form a case for your iPad — with plenty left over for office-accessory extras like a pen case and mousepad.

Martha Stewart shows us how it's done, with a full tutorial on her site. You'll need tooling leather, a leather punch, plastic lacing, and at least one of the four templates available here. (There's an iPad sleeve, wallet, pen case and mousepad).

The combo of leather and bright-colored lanyard lacing seems more modern and trendy than its unrefined arts-and-crafts materials would have you believe. The earthy neutral leather goes well with trendy pops of neon.

If your style is less DIY and more BIY (buy-it-yourself), try surfing the handmade marketplace at Etsy for one-of-a-kind leather cases. We like the one below from J.W. Leathersmith ($55, Etsy.com).

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Full instructions: Martha Stewart

Via: Curbly

(Images: 1. Johnny Miller for Martha Stewart, 2. Etsy seller J.W. Leathersmith)