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Minimalist Cork iPad Sleeve

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Build this minimalist iPad sleeve from renewable cork. Fits the iPad and iPad 2 (with cover attached), slips easily into a bag, feels great to touch. Friends and colleagues will covet it.
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Step 1: Materials

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Things you'll need:

a) Enough 1/8" rolled cork to make two 10" x 11" (approx.) rectangles. You can get this at most office supply stores. I've found not all rolled cork is the same. I prefer some I found at Staples. It uses slightly smaller particles of cork and is a little smoother than others I've seen.

b) Cotton fabric for backing the cork. Something like a bed sheet will do (enough to make a couple of 9" x 11" (approx.) rectangles. If you buy the fabric new, make sure to wash and iron it first to remove sizing. It'll stick better to the cork that way.

c) Fleece. Not too thick. Enough to make a 10" x 24" rectangle. Folded over it makes the inside pouch.

d) Template PDF (included with this instructable).
e) Fusible web. This is available at fabric stores. It's basically a thin sheet of hot-melt glue. With an iron, it's used to fuse the fabric backing to the cork to give the cork a little more strength. Get the heaviest variety of fusible web you can.

f) Iron, ironing board, and ironing cloth (anything to cover the fusible web when you're ironing it -- it'll really help save your iron from becoming a sticky mess).

g) Xacto knife (sharp blade) and a ruler/straight edge
h Wood glue and brush. Elmer's *wood* glue works fine.
i) Needle and thread (to sew the fleece into a pouch)
j) For gluing, a bunch of 1-1/4" wide Binder clips and about a dozen "hobby" sticks (I used sticks that were 1/4" wide and about as thick as popsicle sticks).

k) Sand paper for finishing. I used 180 grit for rough sanding and 400 wet/dry paper for finishing. The later leaves a very silky surface.

vincent75203 years ago
Excellent
Love this minimalist taste …
RobertGallup (author)  vincent75203 years ago
Thanks! :-)
This is the first instructable I've tried in a while, not bad. It came out pretty ok, but I ended up just taking measurements on my cork since I didn't have any larger paper so there were some inconsistencies.
i also found that the fusible web I used may have been less than ideal. It was pretty thin and didn't stick too terrifically when I first applied it to the fabric and then to the cork. the other side I put all three layers together and ironed at once and it seemed to work pretty well.
Some glue managed to get on one of the popsicle sticks and it got stuck... It took a chunk out of the cork.
I think I'm going to decoupage some newsprint over the cork or something because it's imperfections really show
RobertGallup (author)  teethlikelions3 years ago
Well, sorry it didn't go very smoothly. But, but thanks for reporting your experience. It's great feedback about some things to watch out for. 1) it works best to use a heavy duty fusible web; and, 2) be careful that the glue doesn't get between the cork and the clamp.

I have an idea about repairing the cork. I haven't tried this (i.e. you might want to test it first before using it on your case), but, it might work to crumble up some extra cork (quite small crumbs would probably work best). Then, you could add the crumbs to a small amount of wood glue (perhaps diluted just a smidge and not too much glue ... just enough to be a binder between pieces of cork). If you use this resulting paste to fill the gouges, it's possible that you could carefully sand it down and it might blend reasonably well.

Like I said, I haven't tried this, but it might be worth a go. And, if you do try it (or find another solution), let me know how it turns out.
I went ahead with the newsprint idea last night and I'm pretty psyched about it now, actually!
The decoupage/newsprint not only covers any imperfections, but also adds a certain amount of rigidity to the whole thing.
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RobertGallup (author)  teethlikelions3 years ago
Very nice! Glad that worked out. And, thanks for the picture.

BTW, what did you use as an adhesive for the newsprint? And, did you paint adhesive on both sides of the paper (as an adhesive between paper and cork and on the outside to seal it)?
I used decoupage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decoupage), which is basically just a kind of artistic-use glue.
People use it for all sorts of neat stuff like this map covered chair: http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.7629435.jpg
You put it down on a surface and then stick something on it, then apply more decoupage on top. In the end it comes out only slightly less flexible than the original and with a plastic-like coating.
RobertGallup (author)  teethlikelions3 years ago
Great. Thanks for the info!
HazardRush4 years ago
Fantastic project.

But is it possible to be a minimalist and own an iPad??
P.S. I just had another thought-- in the same places that you would buy fusible web, you can usually find fusible fleece. I use it often as a stabilizer for purse linings. It's less fussy to work with and would add a layer of protection to the sleeve. The kinking could be any fabric then, maybe a thin flannel. I love this idea, that's why I can't help brainstorming it!
Its minimal in the sense of what apps will actually run on it.. Especially games. And a minimum amount of mouse buttons.. oh wait, mac did finally get a right click. ;P
The iPad IS minimalist... Why have a netbook or laptop or even a full-featured tablet that can run all sorts of different programs... when you can just get an iPad.
 Doesn't necessarily mean case for a minimalist, just a minimalist case. ;)
... I was thinking the same thing until my dad thought that maybe they *were* being minimalist, and one of the few things they needed to succeed in life was the iPad. It could be possible, but... Minimalist fail.
RobertGallup (author)  pie R []ed4 years ago
 That was my intent.  :-)
The exact same thought ran through my mind.
kderevan4 years ago
Great project! I've had quite a bit of experience with fusible web, and the easiest way to use it is to iron it to a big enough piece of fabric to cut out your pattern pieces, leaving a small margin of fabric all around. That way, it keeps your iron clean, and it's easier to cut out the pattern pieces with the extra stabilizing you get from the fusible web. Also, it tends to keep the fabric edges from being ravelly when you fuse before you cut.
derkek4 years ago
Something's not right about that bag, it should say "/b/" or maybe that's just me.
RobertGallup (author)  derkek4 years ago
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If you were confused as to why I said "bag" it's because I meant to say sleeve, I was also referring to the "b" on it. Please excuse my stale joke. :)
RobertGallup (author)  derkek4 years ago
I see. Good one. Of course, suitable decoration is left to the builder. :)
It's a reference to 4chan.org/b/ I recommend you *don't* go there unless you wish to get disturbed, there is one cure, eyebleach.com both are nsfw.
jongscx4 years ago
Only down-side is that it makes me want to stick pins in it...
RobertGallup (author)  jongscx4 years ago
Well, you probably could stick pins in this ... but, if your iPad was inside, you'd want to be very, very careful. :)
hahaha that's what i first thought too!
mikebook4 years ago
I've found when fusible web or other iron-on appliqué techniques that sometimes it's easier to tack the webbing to the fabric before cutting the fabric to template. That way, there's less of a chance of the iron coming into contact with the webbing and becoming a sticky mess. Scrap fabric between the two is always advisable, though. Great project! I've been looking for some really cool cover ideas for when I get my iPad later this fall for school, and I think I'll be giving this one a try!
RobertGallup (author)  mikebook4 years ago
Great points. Especially the one about using scrap fabric as an ironing cloth. Fusible web gets messy fast if you're not careful. Thanks!
ChrysN4 years ago
Nicely done!
Sunbanks4 years ago
That looks very nice! 
gmjhowe4 years ago
 Great work! Thanks for adding templates also!