For the past several months, I have had the opportunity to borrow a 1st generation iPad. I’m trying to get used to using a sketchbook application for a class next spring. Since I’m getting to use this ipad for free, I wanted to limit how much I spend on it. All those accessories and apps add up! But I wanted to make sure I at least had a cover for it. My first thought was to knit a case for it – almost the antithesis of technology – but I didn’t think it would offer enough protection.
Luckily, I remembered a store my sister had told me about, and I had been to once before – Craft Service. It’s such a cool, old-school store! Among other things, it’s one of the only places I’ve seen paint-by-number kits for sale. They also have a wonderful selection of leather, both scraps and full pelts. I had already bought a few sample squares with an idea to make some business card holders. I drove to Rochester, cash in hand (they don’t take credit cards) to buy leather for a case. Grand total was $7. It took awhile to stitch together (and I’m still not quite finished), but it serves it’s purpose.
So a few weeks ago, I bought an iPhone (Verizon was ending their unlimited data plan – I was forced into it). Again, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on accessories. I hadn’t used the sample squares yet (that I had bought for business card holders), so I thought I might try stitching together a cover like I had done for the iPad. The squares (in truth, they are rectangles with a hole punched on one end) were just the right size. I believe they cost about 50 cents each. So $1+ and 2-3 hours later, I had a leather pouch that slipped snugly over my iPhone. It’s not a long term solution, but it should keep it from getting scratched while it bumps around in my purse.