IPad Duct Tape Folio Case




Introduction: IPad Duct Tape Folio Case

From www.coregeek.net - Combine the two most amazing inventions ever: iPad and Duct Tape! Create this awesome iPad folio style travel case. Features easy insert and removal with elastic holders and felt lining for iPad protection.

The new and improved iPad 2 Duct Tape Folio Smart Case can be seen here

Step 1: List of Materials and Tools

1. Duct Tape
2. Poster Board
3. EZ felt (stiff sheet of felt)
4.  1" Elastic
5. Sticky Back Velcro
6. 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive
7. Blue Painters Tape
8. Black sewing thread

1. Razor knife (x-acto or utility style)
2. Straight edge/ruler
3. Cutting surface/board
4. Scissors
5. Hot melt glue gun
6. Sewing Machine

Step 2: Trim Poster Board

Trim the poster board to a size of 16 1/8" x 10". The poster board will be used as a core to make the folio stiff.

Step 3: Mark Spine

Mark the edges of the spine by measuring 7 3/4" from both outside edges to the middle. The spine will be 5/8" wide.

Step 4: Fold Spine

Score the spine edges and fold the folio like a book on the scored lines.

Step 5: Begin to Attach Duct Tape

Cut your first piece of duct tape longer than the width of the poster board. Attach to poster board at the bottom edge with approx. 1/2" overlap. Fold the overlap edge over onto the inside of the folio.

Step 6: Cover the Poster Board With Duct Tape

Flip over and continue to add strips of duct tape over lapping them approx. 1/4" until the complete sheet of poster board is covered. Take your time and fully rub down the duct tape as you go. When you get to the end fold over the opposite end like before.

Step 7: Cover the Inside With Duct Tape

This is almost exactly like covering the outside except begin the first row by leaving approx. 1/4 " from the bottom edge of the poster board to the edge of the duct tape.

Step 8: Trim Side Edges

Take note of where the indentation of the outer edge is in the tape. Trim both outside edges with the knife and straight edge.

Step 9: Fold the Spine

Fold and press the spine edges several times making them bend easier.

Step 10: Add Outer Edge Trim Strip

Cut a piece of duct tape longer that the height of folio. Attach to the outer sides (vertically) and wrap around edges. Then trim the ends to the top and bottom horizontal edges.

Step 11: Folio Main Section Complete

Folio main section complete

Step 12: Make Closure Strip

Cut 2 strips of Duct tape 5 1/2" and 3 3/4" long. Attach both strips with adhesive sides together overlapping one end of the shorter strip by 3/8".

Step 13: Attach Closure Strip

Attach the closure strip to the inside right (iPad side) at the vertical center. Be careful to match adhesive end and outer edge on the back side. Place an extra strip of duct tape approx. 5" long vertically over the area where the closure strip attaches to the folio.

Step 14: Trim Easy Felt

Trim Easy Felt to 9 1/2" x 15 1/2" rectangle. This is the inside liner.

Step 15: Check Felt and Fold Spine

Check fit of felt inside the folio. Proper fit will have 1/4" exposed edges of the folio all around. Once in place use the fold lines on the outside exposed edges of the folio as a guide to crease/fold the felt at the spine.

Step 16: Cut Strips of Elastic

Elastic is used to secure the iPad to the folio. Cut 4 strips of elastic at 3 1/2" long.

Step 17: Attach Outer Edge Elastic Holders

Set the first strip of elastic diagonally across the outer corner on the top right (iPad side) of the felt. Leave 1/4" of the edge and bottom of the corner exposed. Hold in place and turn over to the back side of the felt. Fold the remainder of the elastic over and hot glue in place. Be careful not to use too much hot glue because it will seep through the porous felt onto the underside of the elastic. Repeat for the opposite outside corner.

Step 18: Attach Inner Edge Elastic Holders

Attaching the inner elastic strips is similar to the outer except you first have to cut a slot for the strip to pass though the spine side. Measure 1/2" from the top edge of the felt. Start at that mark and cut the slot along the spine fold 1 1/4" long. If you have a hard time seeing the fold line it's 7 1/2" from the outer edge.

Slide the elastic strip through the slot at an angle and attach to the felt with hot glue the same as before.

Step 19: Further Secure Elastic to Felt

Hot gluing the elastic is really more to hold the elastic in place. To really secure it, stitch it to the felt with a sewing machine. Make the stitch diagonally from corner to corner using inner edge of the elastic as your guide. Be careful not to catch the top side of the elastic in your stitch. Repeat for all 4 corners. Once the stitching is done trim the excess elastic from all 4 corners.

Step 20: Attach the Felt Liner to the Folio

Use spray adhesive to attach the felt liner to the folio. I mask off the outer edge top side with 1 1/2"  blue painters tape to keep the over spray off the top side edges of the felt. Spray the underside with a good amount of adhesive. Avoid the spraying adhesive on corners where the elastic is attached. 

Set the felt onto the folio paying close attention to the line up at the spine. Once the felt is pressed and secured hot glue all 4 elastic corners into place. Don't over do the hot glue but be sure they've boned well.

Step 21: Affix the Closure Strap With Velcro

Once all the glue is dry. Slip the iPad into the folio. Cut a 1" x 1 3/4" piece of sticky-back velcro. Attach one side of the velcro to the back side of the closure strap. Peel the opposite side of the velcro. Wrap the closure strap over the side and front of the folio pressing the velcro into place.

Step 22: Done!

Congratulations you're done.

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    11 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 22

    I want to congratulate the author on one of the most easily understandable instructables I have ever read. All steps covered simply and clearly. My 1 eyed dog could build one with instructions like these


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 22

    Thank you. This is/was my fist instructable I'm glad you found it helpful.


    8 years ago on Step 22

    I loved your instructable soo much, I decided to treat my mac and she loved her case. Good instructable.


    9 years ago on Step 22

    This is incredible!! I love my ipad and duck tape! :) I can't wait to make it!
    Thank you for taking the time to create and explain!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Hope you have fun ans it turns out to your liking.


    9 years ago on Step 17

    Thanks for pointing that out. I fixed it.


    9 years ago on Step 17

    Shouldn't this step have elastic in instead of velcro?

    Amazing design dispite the word swap error!! ;)

    Looks great, although I hate corner holders for almost everything.

    Good job though, never thought of duct tape and ipad coming together.

    Is the poster board flimsy? It seems like it would be a little too weak, but there is duct tape also..


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    If you look at commercially available iPad cases corner mounts are fairly common. I do agree however they're not the most elegant solution. As far as sturdiness is concerned I wouldn't call it flimsy more like flexible. Which is what I was going for so the cover could easily wrap behind out of the way for book style reading.