So I promised I'd put step-by-step instructions for making a sleeve for the iPod touch. Actually, you can make a sleeve quite easily for anything, but the size I've developed fits only the iPod touch. You'll have to size up your iPhone, Zune, PSP or DS yourself and make your own pocket, but you can use this guide to sew it together and finish it.
I posted the other sleeves I did http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356049.0
and now I did a Duck Hunt inspired one.
Font and back of finished piece. I know the back side (the duck) is smaller in this photo, but it's just the hack n slash photo editing I did.
So here's the directions to make your own. For the iPod touch, the full dimensions of the fabric are 46 stitches wide by 138 stitches tall on 14 count fabric. Higher count fabrics end up being too flimsy and I don't recommend using them. This allows you to stitch a 32 by 52 stitch image (give or take a couple of stitches). This time, I stitched the images first, using the center of the fabric as the bottom for both images.
A problem I encountered from making the image first is that is loosens the fabric, making it more difficult to get a clean, secure cut in the bottom that allows for the connection of headphones and the dock to the iPod. Therefore, the REAL first step is to create that hole.
I forgot to take detailed pictures during this step, so I'll recreate it using some scrap fabric I had. Cut a slit in the center of the fabric, 68 stitches from each end and ten stitches in from each side. (This has changed from my original tutorial so that either side can be front/back) Cut two stitches up and down from the ends of this long cut and fold the flaps toward the INSIDE of the pocket. Again, if you fold it, the flaps will be inside the pocket where they'll be stitched securely to prevent fraying. Backstitch along the center of one of the flaps to secure it to the inside of the pocket.
When you get to the end of the cut, loop the floss through the hole and back through the next stitch up. Repeat until you cross to the other flap.
Backstitch along the next flap to secure it to the inside of the pocket. Then do the looping thing back OVER that backstitch. What you'll end up doing is backstitching and looping TWICE along each side of the hole. As long as your last step is backstitching along the flaps, you'll hold the looped floss tight against the inside of the pocket.
It's best if you use a really really long single piece of floss (like half a skein long) to finish the hole rather than having to end off multiple times. After you have the hole finished, you can get to work on the image. Once you have the image done, you have to line the inside of the pocket. Take a piece of fabric about 1" wider than the pocket and long enough to reach from the top of the pocket to the middle of the hole, and fold the edges of it so that it leaves 2 stitches at the sides of the pocket.
If the fabric has a design on it that you want to see inside the pocket, make sure that side is UP and the back of the lining is against the back of the image. I had to use clothes pins to hold the lining tight against the pocket, but you can use pins or tape or whatever, as long as the lining is not bunching up or getting sewed in crookedly. First, fold the top of one edge of the pocket toward the INSIDE OVER the lining. Secure it and backstitch along it to attach the lining under the top of the pocket. You can cut a bit from the corners of the lining if it helps keep the lining straight and the top of the pocket folded toward the inside. I think you can see that I cut the corners on these pictures.
If you want to include a tag with a signature of some sort on it (like I do), make your signature on another piece of fabric and attach it UNDER the fold but OVER the lining and backstitch the lining secure onto the top of the BACK of the pocket. This secures the tag and the lining on the same step and putting the tag on the BACK means it won't put extra pressure on the touch screen.
I took 2 steps to do this by putting the tag on first, but you can combine the steps like I mentioned above.
Fold the bottom of the lining under itself at the bottom of the pocket by the hole you created earlier and backstitch it to the pocket two stitches from the looped floss securing the hole. I do not have pictures for this step, but here you can see the top and bottom of each side of the inside lining secured to the pocket.
To secure the sides of the lining and create the pocket simultaneously fold the pocket so that the lining is on the OUTSIDE and backstitch UP from the hole to the top of the pocket. Hold the lining with pins or tape so that it doesn't move while you're stitching. Stitch it 3 stitches in from the edge to ensure a proper fit. Use a long enough length of floss here so that you don't have to end off halfway through each side. This step is hard to explain, but here goes: come UP THROUGH THE LINING on one side of the pocket
and go DOWN AROUND THE LINING on that side of the pocket and THROUGH the lining on the other side.
As you go down to the other side, you will go through the pocket AND the lining. Remember, the pocket is folded onto itself in this step, so you're really sewing through BOTH sides of the pocket and the two pieces of lining fabric together. Repeat this process until you get to the top of the pocket, and then repeat it again on the way back down. You will notice that you will come UP THROUGH the lining on the same stitches you had gone AROUND the lining before, making what looks like a v-pattern. If it looks like an x-pattern, you're doing it wrong. Do the same on the other side.
Turn the pocket right side out by first folding the top over itself, then pulling the outside out rather than pushing the inside in. If you push in inside in, you risk ripping the lining from the top of the pocket.
You also don't want to put undue stress on the sides of the pocket near the top.
Gently push the corners out using your finger through the hole at the bottom of the pocket. Don't push too hard or you risk ripping the lining out here, too.
Slip your iPod in and you're ready to rock!
Of course, the pocket makes the touchscreen useless, but if you have a controller like me, you can operate the iPod's music functions while keeping the pocket on. One final note: to remove the iPod from the pocket, hold the sides in one hand and push up from the bottom.