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« on: August 10, 2005 09:54:10 PM »

Hey everyone
So, the other day I finally got around to making a case for my baby – er – ipod mini.
(see pic below)  I ‘lined’ it with felt for some protection, and there is plastic protecting the screen and the wheel.  I found it tricky, actually, cause its so small and theres so much to sew.  I’m pleased, the only thing that bugs me is the way the fabric at the top of the screen gets pulled up by the elastic fastener on the back.  Also, i embroidered around the edge afterwards, cause i didnt like the raw edge.  I think my next one will have one of those little attaches-to-the-strap-of-your-purse straps incorporated into it. 

UPDATE:  Im adding the official apple.com measurements for the various ipods, for you crafter gifters.

I tried the below link for a paper template to find screen and hole placement. I tested the ipod mini, it didnt work, but if you are photoshop-able, you can resize it and have an accurate template.

http://homepage.mac.com/colinbaxter/ipod/

If I have some time, and can figure out how, i'll post templates to-size.

model size in mm size in inches
Shuffle 84 x 25 x 8 3.5 x 1 x 0.3
ipod; old    100 x 61 x 20    4 x 2.4 x 0.8
ipod; new (thinner)      103 x 61 x 12 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.5 
ipod Mini  90 x 50 x 12  3.6 x 2 x 0.5 
Nano 90 x 40 x 7 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27

I just thought id point out that the measurements here dont translate directly to the measurements of this project, since this case doesnt have 'sides' that correspond to the thickness of the ipod;  just one flat front piece whose edges half-wrap around the sides of the ipod...  so you need to add a bit to the front ipod measurements to get the size of the fabric pieces for this project. PLUS you need to adjust for the thickness of the fabric...  I added 1cm to the width measurment on each side of my ipod mini to get the width measurement of my case.





       

           




TUTORIAL....

I reccomend reading the whole thing before beginning project.

Difficulty level:  Easy – Moderate.
I know the tutorial is long, but the process isn’t that long, I’m just a *detail oriented* person!
And, when I did this, it only occurred to me to take pics halfway thru, so some pics are missing for early steps – ample description will help, hopefully.


MATERIALS:
-a piece of felt
-a small piece of fabric, 10cm wide x 23cm tall.

(ie:  twice as tall as your ipod, plus extra for the over-the-top-flap, then as wide as your ipod, plus enough extra to make a seam.    >>>> the finished dimensions of my case are 7 cm wide x 10.5 cm tall  IE  if you add 1.5 cm seam allowance (pretty generous) on sides, and 3cm at top for flap, you get 10cm x 23cm.)

- some kind of clear plastic for the ‘plastic window.’  (I re-used plastic packaging, but it’s looking bad already.  I recommend clear vinyl.)
-pretty thread.








STEP ONE – make a template
Make a template of your ipod.  I used a piece of clear plastic – like acetate. Put it on top of your ipod, and make an approximate trace.    Cut out the window and wheel.



STEP TWO – cut your felt
Center your template close to the top of the piece of felt.
(leave AT LEAST 3cm of felt above the temple, or more depending on your own final closure method)
Trace inside the holes to translate the location of the window and wheel to the felt. 
Cut out the window and wheel holes.
Double check over your ipod to make sure the holes are big enough, make any necessary adjustments.  Make sure the hole for the window is a little bigger ( a few millimeters)  than the window itself….



STEP THREE – cut your fabric
Line up your fabric and your felt, trace inside the holes to translate the window and wheel holes from the piece of felt to the fabric.
Cut the WHEEL hole,
BUT DON’T CUT THE WINDOW OUT; instead, cut triangles so that you can fold over the fabric for the window, and have a pretty seamed edge around the window, rather than a rough cut edge.

                         

Make sure every thing is lining up properly, and that when the triangular fabric window-flaps are folded over the edges of the felt window, that the hole is STILL big enough for the window of your ipod.



STEP FOUR – glue?
Yes, glue. 
Making sure everything is lined up properly, put some SMALL, sparing dabs of white glue of the underside of the fabric’s window-flaps.
Fold these flaps under and glue them to the felt.  Glue should dry quickly – a few minutes.
See the picture below if this isn’t making sense….

 



STEP FIVE – plastic.


Aside:  test your plastic!!!  Do a few seam tests with a  scrap of felt and plastic, so you can see how close together your stiches can be before it starts having a ‘cutting’ effect on the plastic. (ie 2mm? 2.5mm? 3mm? 4mm?)

Pin your plastic so it spans both windows, on the felt side.
Sew around both holes, (straight stitch) a little over 0.5 cm away from edge.
For the window hole, I first did the seam farthest away from the edge, then after that the second – closer to the window’s edge.


                         


STEP SIX – close it up!

depending on your final closure method (see step eight), this might be a good time to sew the back fastener onto the back of the fabric.  It’s a tricky job once the sides are sewed up!!

Fold this whole thing in half (ie folded edge at bottom of ipod.)
Pin the long edges of the fabric layers together. 
Sew straight seam along these edges, leaving a 1.5 cm seam allowance.  (ie 1.5 cm in from edge of FABRIC)
Just to reiterate, the final width of the case from seam to seam should be 7cm (for ipod mini)
                                   
(I did my pins lengthwise at this point cause I was fudging it along, and wasn’t sure how wide my fabric would need to be to accommodate my ipod.  You can do that too, and check it against your ipod BEFORE you sew, or just *trust* my initial measurements of 7cm + 1.5cm on each side as seam allowance)






STEP SEVEN:  trim.

I trimmed the top opening;  flush with the ipod along the BACK side of the opening, and along the Front it was flush at either edge, then coming up into a off-center flap that would accommodate accessing the lock switch and earplugs while in use.   



Trim the long edges – leave them rough, or finish as you like.  I embroidered along after all else was done.



STEP EIGHT:  the back flap.

Make the back flap as you please.  Snap, hook, ribbon, whatev. Mine is an elastic-around-button style.

I sewed the ends of the elastic onto the end of my top flap with my machine, making it nice and secure.  Then I sewed a button onto the back on the case.  I recommend not making a closure that pulls the flap too tightly, this makes the top of the window pull up on the front of your case, which aint all that pretty. 



Badda bing badda boom, ipod mini case.                                 
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2005 03:28:41 PM »

wow! that's an awesome ipod mini case
i would ask for a tute if i had an ipod mini  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2005 05:03:49 PM »

HECK YES!!!   Grin
I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to make cozies for my new mini and yours is exactly what I wished mine looked like!
A tutorial would be AWESOME!
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2005 05:37:09 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked TUTORIAL PLEASEEE  Cheesy

i've been trying to make one of these forever but the holes mess me up  Sad
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2005 06:34:42 PM »

That would be wicked! yes, thanks! I got mine last week, and I had an unsuccessful attempt with a sock...
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2005 09:00:40 AM »

I LOVE THAT!!!!! GREAT JOB!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2005 08:36:53 AM »

Woooooohhhhoooooo!!!  Shocked  That was your first??? Gosh! Good job Girl Annual !!! Roll Eyes

I don't have an Ipod, but my boyfriend's sister has a Nokia cell-phone that has almost exactelly that shape and is looking for a case ou something to protect it from scatching, specially because it has a camera on the back (without a lens protection...) that she doesn't want to get messed up...
If I could do almost as good work as you, I think that would be a good present, don't U think?  Cheesy

* * * * *keep it up! And thanks for the Tutorial!! Wink
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2005 09:24:01 AM »

Thank you soo much! As soon as I finish my swap items, I'm so making this!
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2005 11:02:24 PM »

That's brilliant! I have a half made case for my mini, but I got so frustrated trying to work it out it's just been sitting there for the last fortnight. Now I can follow your wonderful turorial and get exactly what I wanted! Smiley Thankyou!
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2005 06:48:26 AM »

if anyone here has an ipod (not an ipod mini) can u plz tell me the dimensions (height, width, depth, where the screen is from the top and the sides, and where the wheel is. i am trying to make one for my friend because the case she got online was a little tight and she didn't want it to get scratched......thanks
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2005 08:11:11 PM »

I am making that tomorrow!
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2005 02:14:18 PM »

thanks so much for the tut!

once i get my *new* ipod in, i will try to make it a home using your pattern.

good job!
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2005 07:05:56 AM »

Question:
I understand why and how you cut the X in the fabric for the window  and then folded back the fabric to make a pretty edge, but why didn't you do that for the circle wheel hole also?
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2005 07:53:32 AM »

hi rayno;  Good question!  Undecided   I think its totally doable, but you know how it is when you're figuring something out as you go along!

 I guess when i made it I thought it would be too complicated to have a folded seam around the circle - i imagined that the folds would end up making the circle look like a many-sided shape rather than a circle.  PLUS i thought that the whole thing is on such a small scale that sewing the flaps down once they had been folded over would be complicated, and thus it was highly likely that i would fudge it up! 

Oh; plus i liked the felt showing thru.

If you can do it well, than i bow down in worship!!   heck, maybe i'll give it a try....
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2005 12:33:20 PM »

Oh good call about the circle turning into a sided-thing. I love how it looks quilted with all the pretty stitching :-)
I have clear and colored plastic vinyl, I'm going to try this later! thanks for the really good tut.
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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2005 07:13:32 PM »

hhhm... where can I get this vinyl?

~Katie
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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2005 08:05:41 PM »

thanks so much for the tute!!!  Grin  i was rather stuck on what to get my sister for christmas... but this is a brilliant idea! mine's almost done and it is looking better than i expected  Smiley

i did do the folding in the edges of the circles and it worked quite well, you just have to be sure you have lots of little flaps if you really want it to be a circle.

and i got my vinyl at walmart.

thanks again!  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2005 09:39:59 PM »

i think you can also get this vinyl at most fabric stores, especially if they have a home decor section;  it comes on big rolls, in a few different thicknesses.   Its usually used for tablecloth covers...

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« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2005 05:22:03 AM »

I found some vinyl in the package that my sheets came in... I think I'm going to use that!
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« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2005 07:26:11 AM »

I hope to get an IPod for Christmas (tomorrow!!) so, hopefully I'll have a reason to make one of these.

Yay, thanks for the super detailed, super awesome tutorial too!!
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« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2005 12:04:31 PM »

hey that case is great... i love it! i have an iPod mini, and i wanted to make my older sister a case for her birthday, but she has a bigger iPod. either i need to trick her into letting me borrow it, or i need the diminsions. the latter is more likely. if anyone knows these measurments or knows where i can get them, please tell me ASAP! her birthday is in 2 months!!!!!! thnx!
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« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2005 04:17:53 PM »

BEST TUTORIAL EVER!!!!!! Grin Grin
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« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2005 10:59:26 PM »

I made one today! I made it out of cute black material with white polka dots, and black embroidery floss! It reminds me of Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel, only more homemade looking hehe...I used black ribbon and a white button to fasten it. Chic chic! Thanks for the tutorial, it was fun!
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2005 10:00:09 AM »

Ohmy goodness, my posting has made it to page 3!!  this is so exciting.  Im so glad that everyone has found my project so helpful!
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« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2006 04:56:27 PM »

yes it is great , it has inspired me, i am working out a case for the nano, slightly different style, will post when done... cyndiq
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« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2006 05:13:43 PM »

I can't wait to try this. I just got an ipod mini and don't have any cases for it yet.
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« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2006 05:32:29 PM »

I'm (attempting) to make one for a friend with a full sized iPod- without her knowing! Does anyone have a full sized, 40 gig (I think?) that they could trace or know of a link to find a template?

She's getting it for her birthday in late January... so she doesn't actually have it, so I can't even make the "I'm making a case for a friend" shebang.

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« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2006 10:40:45 AM »

I'm (attempting) to make one for a friend with a full sized iPod- without her knowing! Does anyone have a full sized, 40 gig (I think?) that they could trace or know of a link to find a template?

She's getting it for her birthday in late January... so she doesn't actually have it, so I can't even make the "I'm making a case for a friend" shebang.

OK, I know Craftsters hate to pay for patterns but...  If you catch the next time patterns go on sale at Joann's or the like, you might want to pick up McCall's M5012.  It has a pattern for both regular and mini ipod cases.  It took me about an hour.

It's very similar to the great case in this tutorial, but is handy if you don't actualy have an i-pod.


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« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2006 03:57:20 PM »

that is so cool.! Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: February 12, 2006 02:35:26 PM »

OK, I know Craftsters hate to pay for patterns but...  If you catch the next time patterns go on sale at Joann's or the like, you might want to pick up McCall's M5012.  It has a pattern for both regular and mini ipod cases.  It took me about an hour.

It's very similar to the great case in this tutorial, but is handy if you don't actualy have an i-pod.

ooohhhh good call trifarina!  Here's to patterns *hoo rahhh!* , which definately make gifting an ipod case MUCH easier!

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« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2006 05:39:12 PM »

I made my own version of this cozy and I love it and can't wait to make more!!!

I posted it separately 'cause of all the pictures ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=79859.0 )

Thanks for showing me how to make such a cool thing!

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« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2006 05:44:19 PM »

I don't have an iPod mini...I have a purple Creative Zen Micro which I, personally, think is far superior! Smiley
But, I think I shall have to make one! I made a case out of felt a while back but its becoming all pill-y and a bit shapeless so a new one could be in order. AND, I can use my new machines uber-cool thing that does one step button holes to do the closure. YAY
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« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2006 07:00:50 PM »

I needn't say how cute this is.  I made several already.  I was wondering where you got the colored elastic for the closure...  I haven't been able to find anything but black, white and tan.  Hints? 
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« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2006 11:01:41 AM »

I wanted to add what I made with the tut!
(I made three, but didn't take pictures before gifting the others... my brother's was the coolest too, I had made it with casette tape fabric!)

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« Reply #34 on: December 09, 2006 05:09:39 PM »

this is beautiful!

I really would like to make ones for my auntie and cousin- this is gonna help so much. great desgin!
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« Reply #35 on: December 10, 2006 12:21:54 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial!  I have been attempting to make one of these myself so this is a big help!

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« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2007 06:28:30 PM »

This tut is great! Thanks so much. One note, my nano is gen. 2, and the earbud plug is on the bottom, not on the top near the hold switch. I just cut a small hole in the right spot. Thanks again!
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« Reply #37 on: August 24, 2007 10:51:43 PM »

this is great!! I didn't have time to read all of your relpies, but I have a first generation iPod nano, and I just want to remind everyone that the ear pod plug in is on the BOTTOM, not the top like shown in the tutorial!!
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« Reply #38 on: November 01, 2008 01:38:43 AM »

Darn, all the pictures (but one) in the tutorial are gone.  Anyone have them somewhere?
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« Reply #39 on: November 03, 2008 10:00:08 AM »

Just wanted to post a thank you for this tute. I don't have an iPod, but with this tute you can make a cover for just about any mp3 player.  Excellent! Smiley
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