Many DIY projects have the unfortunate result of looking, well, handmade. For somebody who's into the wabi-sabi, shabby-chic way of life, it's great. But if your personal style is more modern and polished, you're stuck with shelling out upwards of $50 on a nice-looking sleeve for your gear.
The wonderful crafter Sarah Goldschadt of SAH-RAH.com created this refined iPad case you see before you. The materials cost only $1.98, and the project can take less than 15 minutes, if you're good.
What did she use? Nothing more than two 99¢ NEDDA chair pads from IKEA, an old un-worn yellow scarf and some very basic sewing skills.
The instructions are here at IKEA Hacker for anyone interested, but the photos speak the directions loud and clear: Cut the felt a smidge larger than your device (be it a tablet, netbook or e-reader), and sew three sides together.
IKEA's NEDDA pads (99¢, IKEA stores) come in a few different styles, so you can actually create a bunch of different sleeves by mixing up patterns and colors. It's a great inexpensive gift idea for your group of techie friends this holiday.