I’m too cheap to buy the authentic Apple Smart Cover for $50, so when I first bought my iPad 2, I got a decent knockoff online for around $20 less. Over the last couple of months, it started getting stains and peeling, which gave me an interesting idea. Rather than buy another fake (or splurge on a real one), why not remake my own with my pick of fabric? So I did.
Starting to come apart
The magnets that wake/put to sleep the iPad
As a precaution, I took note of the spacing of the internal pieces
Everything completely separated
I used the old fabric as a template for the new fabric
Pieces ready to glue. I folded over the fabric tab and glued in the hinge that attaches the cover to the iPad. Then I glued the two pieces of fabric together sandwiched around the inner plastic pieces.
Despite double checking—so I thought—I accidentally glued the hinge on backwards (the magnet was on the wrong side). I had to take it apart and reglue the tab over the gray lining. (If done properly the first time, the tab would have been under the gray fabric giving it a cleaner look.)
The cover is far from perfect and has a homemade feel, but I love the pattern (my favorite fabric from when I worked in the Textiles department at IKEA)!
Ignoring the uneven edges, I like it! I know I’m the only girl with this case (until this goes viral ;)).
1/4 yard Outer Fabric: $0, already owned
1/4 yard Gray Lining: $3.53
Fabric Glue: $3.45, with 40% coupon
Total Cost: $6.98
One of a kind and cheap. Win!