Emergency IPod Sock- at Last, a Use for Stray Socks!




About: I love to design and make things; and am currently developing a variety of small consumer products.
What to do when you want to go out with your trusty iPod (or small digital camera, for that matter) and a case is not available? Fear not. In 5 or 10 minutes, you'll be on the road, iPod safe and warm in your new Emergency iPod Sock!

I thought I'd be using mine for about a week. Until I tried to buy a case...

I bought a 4th generation iPod, the last with Firewire, so I could boot a Mac from it (works great), do diagnostics; and use it on machines with USB 1.0. The box arrives from Apple, I crack it open and behold the delicate, highly polished surfaces. "What a 60 Gig beauty, says I. How'm I gonna get this to work, with no case??" And so, being a resourceful Instructables addict, I set to work. Rummaging about the house. For the stuff you'll find in the next step.

If you're impatient, and have a fast connection, watch the video.

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Step 1: Materials:

You'll need:

- 1 sock
- 2 rubber bands 1/8 inch (~3mm) wide. The kind comes on the newspaper should be fine.
- 1 "twisty" in the color of your choice.
- 1 iPod, (or a small digital camera or your favorite Altoid box gadget).

Step 2: Precision Layout

I'll give you credit for using a clean sock.
- Lay it out flat.
- Set your iPod down on top of it, at the toe end.
- Put the second rubber band on the open end, and slide it down to about an inch above the iPod. This one gets just 2 wraps, it holds the opening closed.

Step 3: Roll Your Own.

- Turn the cuff inside-out.
- Pull it all the way to the end.

I haven't tried it yet, but this is a good time to add some foam, preferably something dense that won't crumble, like neoprene, in between the layers. It'll giver more protection from bumps and drops.

Step 4: The Finishing Twist.

- One more fold into thirds, (or try rolling it up).
- The twisty goes on next. The exact position does not matter too much. I like mine close to the bottom of the tube, snug up against the toe of the sock where the other rubber band is.
This leaves a little bit of a tail, which I like to use for pulling my iPod out of the inside pocked of my jacket.

- Tie a half hitch (same as the first part of tying your shoe), pull it tight.
- Bring the ends around to the other side, twist it a couple of times, and tuck in the ends.
(photo 3)
- Look at all of the photos for more hints.


This is a quick and dirty project that saved my new iPod from certain doom. It's not recommended in lieu of a hardshell case, though now that I have a hard case (from Contour), I'm thinking of protecting it with my trusty Emergency iPod Sock.

If you make your own, please let me know, and post a pic of it in your comment!



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    14 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Why Do people blab on about how the device used in the ible is rubbish? Thtas what the forums fr comments are for the ibles not arguments and Ipod hating!


    12 years ago

    i have a never ending hatred for i-pods... never will i own one... otherwise good idea

    6 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Why do people hate ipods so much? Is it because it ends the cd?I mean in legal addition you MUST buy your music online so i do not find this accusation fair,unless you download your music illegal. End Qoute O___o


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    People hate anything that's popular. They think it makes them individual, when it really just makes things more complex. example, audiophiles hold the iPod's quality in high regard, who better to listen to than someone that knows their field of interest rather than someone that just likes to be a square peg in the round hole. Some mainstream things are worth straying away from like mainstream music, but the iPod is just the best MP3 player, and that's pretty much all there is to it.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah obviously not *sarcasm* Yes, in fact I have. It was a 20GB Zen sleek Photo. Guess what, it broke! yes, it broke within 6 months of buying it. I don't abuse my stuff, no not at all. In fact, I didn't use it daily like my iPod. It didn't suddenly stop working, it gradually got less reliable day after day from the first week that I got it. So, there you go.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah I hate zen's my died quick. My ipod lasted me at least 4 years...


    12 years ago on Introduction

    i bought this ipod case for $7.5 (leather) and it suckd big time.. i had to open the thing everytime i wanted to do something. 50 cents for a sock. AWESOME!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I ride my bike or run to work a lot. To protect the fruit I take for lunch, it gets put in a sock. Works great to reduce bruises on apples and pears.


    12 years ago

    Thanks to all for the positive comments. bigpinecone, hopefully, you don't hate digital cameras too! ;-) A small one will fit in this sock. jammis- Yes, custom made by Apple themselves. For ridiculous-fifty each, and only in sets. I found an amusing video on youtube showing a guy opening a box of them, and tossing all off them away, except one. Apparently that was the only color they wanted out of the entire set.

    Erik Lindemann

    12 years ago

    This is great. I would have never thought this up.