So we got iPads. And we got two of the “official Apple iPad covers”. Two problems – first, we need three of them and second they are not perfect for using the pad upright. They are marginally better landscape but in portrait they are def. a bit like Weebles except they do fall down (sing it with me now “Weebles wobble and they do fall down….”)
The first iteration was for me, because DS demanded that he get the second of the two covers as he uses his on the go more than I do at the moment. They are pretty utilitarian, if I’m honest, so it wasn’t too hard to say OK and set about making a pretty one.
It is a simple cover, with not really a lot of padding, so fairly thin. I may add a bit of felt to the inside at some point but as it is really meant to protect the screen when I put it in my handbag it works perfectly. Not sure how much protection it would be against a full-on drop from a height but I have no desire to test it to see.
The corner bits were tricky due to the positioning of the buttons on the sides – only the left side is clear of any ports or holes or cooling holes. The elastic works pretty well as it is easily shifted if it covers a bit of the screen I need to see.
So DH like that well enough (maybe not the chaos of roses, but the design) and after listening to him moan about needing a stand of some kind, I set about trying to sort his problem.
The second iteration is a bit more complex and still needs refining but works well, he says.
What he likes best is the tilt adjustment using velcro and felt.
There is an opening behind the base of the triangle formed by the pad-rest and the support flap that will house the little extra support so the pad can be used portrait orientation once I work out the angle and experiment with how best to make that adjustable as well.
I will def. refine this more and the act of making them, much like with my mini-albums, taught me a lot about better ways of construction and design.
26/04/2010 at 6:44 pm
Love these…and looking at it sideways I realised it was the same shape as the ATG stand I made…. so if you made it stiffer you would have the perfect fold up and take to crops ATG holder too!! 🙂
22/04/2010 at 4:23 pm
Absolutely, strike while the iron is hot! There are a million IPad commercials on TV over here. If you start cranking out some of these decorative covers, you’ll make some $$$ for sure!
22/04/2010 at 1:36 pm
Sounds like a business you can launch on Etsy! 🙂
22/04/2010 at 3:11 pm
Have you been talking to my husband? Hi to Lois!