This project here is proof positive that if you spend enough time inside IKEA's marketplace, you'll find anything you could possibly need—or at least the raw materials to hack it. What was once a pair of felted chair pads and an un-worn scarf is now a mod case for your iPad (or another tablet, or netbook, or e-reader). Check it out.
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.