Over the summer holidays i've been doing a lot of stuff, and like a real man, i wore jeans. However the things i do are so awesome the jeans couldn't take it any more and big holes apeared at the knees.
Usually this would be fine and i would just keep wearing them, but for some bizarre reason all the silly kids think its cool to wear pre-ripped jeans, so not wanting to look like lesser men i went out and bought some new man-jeans.
So i decided to put my old jeans to a good use and make an iPod case, i wanted to keep the coolest part about jeans which is the leather label on the waistband. Now like most guys i don't know a whole lot about needles and sewing so i decided the easiest way to make it was just to cut a strip out, fold it over and sew it together. Turned out pretty easy, however i did plant the needle under my nail a few times which really really really hurt.
Why you should make one now:
- Has a built in belt loop
- School is starting, you need a case.
Mine is made for an iPod Touch, the case will work for many gadgets though
Check out the pictures below, it looks awesome and you wont find a manlier case until you make one out of stone (or fire)
Step 1: Get Jeans
Otherwise get some cheap ones from:
- Thrift Store
- Charity Shop
- Goodwill Shop
- Craigslist ?
Step 2: Cut Fabric
Now you have the jeans you need to cut the material to make the case.
You will need a ruler, pen and some hefty scissors for this step.
Remember you need some space on either side to sew on and some space at one end for pop-buttons.
Your fabric needs to be about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide.
Step 3: Take Out Labels
Now remove any unnecessary labels
Best way to do it is to use a stitch remover, otherwise do it with a knife carefully.
Step 4: Turning Over Ends
We don't want our case to fray and fall apart so fold a little bit of the end back and sew it in place.
You can use a sewing machine or do it by hand.
Step 5: Sew One Side
Now we can sew one side of the case together.
To make it look nice, turn the material inside out, sew it and then flip it around. That way it looks great.
Sew as close as you can to the edge, you don't want to waste any fabric.
Step 6: And Now the Other
Now you can sew the other side of the case, This is the top of the jeans so its thicker and will probbaly be harder.
Step 7: Sew on Pop Buttons
You don't want the iPod to fall out the end so we need to secure it in, i thought about using a normal button but they are fiddly and i wanted to be able to open with one hand.
So I decided to use pop buttons, you just sew either side on. I decided to use two pop buttons so it was secure.
GET A THIMBLE, its like a little metal thing you put on your finger, i only found out about these little wonders after i put the needle under my nail 3 TIMES Believe me it hurts and it keeps hurting. Get one.
Step 8: Model It
You dont have to do this step but I thought I would.
As I said in the intro the case has a built in belt loop, so i put it on my belt, it fits in pocket too.
Today's model is rockin' an Um-Bongo t-shirt, jeans and a Harley Davidson belt. ROCK IT
Step 9: Finished
If you are wondering why i used the strictest creative commons license its because i thought this was a pretty good idea and i'm thinking of making and selling it. And i don't want somebody to nick my idea. I will sue your face off if you try..
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