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I recently started running in the mornings.
However, it's annoying when it's 6 am and my mp3 player lands in a pool of goo.
This instructable is my solution.

My design is based on the Puuko friction sheath.
The iPod slides in, but it doesn't go out.

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Step 1: Materials and Methods

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(1) piece of scrap leather
(1) armband
(1 yard) proper cordage  [dental floss  (Free, since I'm a dentist.)]

leather hole punch
heavy scissors
(optional) needle

Step 2: Layout

1.  First, try laying out the leather around your iPod (or other mp3 player).
         Make sure it fits right.  Leather is skin.  Just like plastic surgery, each piece of leather has different tension lines.  Try folding your leather in different ways to find what works best for your configuration.

2.  Lay out the seams.
         You'll want to have some play.  I personally added in 3-4 mm of tolerance to prevent the leather from ripping.  Also, you should taper the seam to allow some space around the mouth, so that iPod slides in easier.  Mark your seam line with a pencil.

3.  Lay out slots for the straps.
          The slot should be slightly wider than the armband to allow for movement. 

Step 3: Cut slot

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1.  Punch holes at the ends of the planned strap slot. 
              This results in a cleaner, less prone to tearing slot.

2. Cut the slot between the holes.
              I used my scissors for this, but you can just as easily use a scalpel or an x-acto knife.

3. (Optional) Smooth out the slot.
              You may have made a perfect slot, but I didn't.  I just went back with my scissors and smoothed out the slot to let the strap have smoother action.  Plus, it just plain looks better.

realife112 years ago
Cool, I would still add a top flap though (with a magnetic button for quick access), just 'in case' of inclement weather, to protect the ipod.
This is a pretty good idea. I have access to all kinds of leather for free since we have a saddle shop nearby with lots of scrap that just goes in the dumpster. One time, me and my friend almost collapsed his bike trailer because we got so much leather. I might try this, since I'm supposed to get an MP3 player soon.
harmless matt (author)  extremegtafan5 years ago

Send me pics when you're done.
I'd like to see what you come up with.

juanvi5 years ago
haha, i allready made one of these for me...

sorry, but what is a "pool of goo"?
harmless matt (author)  juanvi5 years ago
In my case, it's a nice way of saying a combination of excrement from ducks, cranes, and other waterfowls.  It's usually fairly fresh, but can be crusty.

oddmidge5 years ago
You should of made it have a nice fit around the ipod then sewn a button and a loop to hold the ipod. Would of looked nice IMO
harmless matt (author)  oddmidge5 years ago
I thought of the button and loop, but I found that I didn't need it.
During testing, I found that it was practically impossible to dislodge the ipod once it's in place.

You are of course, free to customize this any way that you see fit.

Actually, I'd be more than happy to see any pictures!

Vulcanator5 years ago
"Those ancient Scandanavians really knew what they were doing."
obviously you don't. The basic idea you had is a good one(making a leather case) but your design is all wrong. you could have at least put the knots in the back of the case. if you want a snazzy leather case for your ipod, make it formfitting to the curve and shape of your ipod. forming leather is very easy, all you need is patience, water and leather. you have to soak the leather until it becomes pliable(30-60min), then you place it over the item that you want to form the leather over and work the edges down over the item. i think i will make an instructable on forming leather with clearer instructions later. when i do i will post the link.
harmless matt (author)  Vulcanator5 years ago
With all due respect, I disagree.

To you it's a matter of esthetics...mine are simply different.
In my case, I didn't have leather that fit all the way around as you mentioned.

I've been surrounded by sleek, state of the art medical device that's been Euro-inspired, "ergonomonic" or whatever for the past nine years. 
Frankly, crude and "non-snazzy" is something comforting to me sometime.

My instructable is basically a dead simply one that works...that's all.
If it offends your esthetics, feel free to do better.
But please don't say that I don't know what I'm doing.


Like gmjhowe's one? :)

lemonie5 years ago
Very nice.

Doctor What5 years ago
Ancient techniques for the modern age FTW!  Proves that some things don't need technological advancement.