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DIY iPad Case with Wood Grain Duck Tape

Use woodgrain Duck Tape to make this DIY iPad case. It’s no sew, lined, and assembles in about 15 minutes. Perfect for school or office!

Skills Required: Beginner. You can make this with very little craft experience, though it probably helps to have used Duck Tape before.

DIY iPad Case with Wood Grain Duck Tape

Okay, so this is one of our favorite projects we’ve ever done here on DIY Candy; probably because it’s such an easy craft and very useful.

You see, I gifted my iPad to Steve recently, and he didn’t quite like the case that I had on it. He had the gall to call it “girly.” What?!

After receiving a large shipment of some new fall patterns of Duck Tape, we decided that we’d challenge ourselves to make an iPad case.

One that was lined, and no-sew, and could be put together easily and quickly. We were successful, and I’m so excited to show you how to do it! Adults can easily do make this, and this case is a perfect back to school craft for kids of almost any age. That’s how simple it is.

Make an iPad case

Here’s a little illustration of the finished project, and how it works. We even incorporated a flap! Here’s how we did it.

iPad, fabric, ruler, fabric marker, scissors, Duck Tape

DIY iPad Case

Gather These Supplies

  • Fabric large enough to cover your iPad – cotton works best
  • Duck Tape – we used Wood Grain and Electric Blue
  • Pen (we used a dissolving fabric pen)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Adhesive Velcro squares
iPad laying on a light green patterned piece of fabric

Your first step is to lay out your fabric with your iPad on top. Making the fabric the right size is not an exact science . . . it doesn’t need to be an exact size. You want to leave about 1/4 to 1/2″ on all sides plus enough room for a 1″ flap on the top.

I think the nice thing about not being exact is that you don’t have to be an engineer to complete this project . . .

Drawing a line on fabric with a fabric pen and cutting with scissors

But laying your iPad on top and drawing around it using a fabric pen (or any pen really) ensures that it’s going to be large enough for your iPad. We did it in ONE continuous piece. That means that the fabric comes down the back and folds over the front. You can use two separate pieces; that is fine. Just make your lines and cut carefully with your scissors.

Creating the top flap of a DIY iPad case by taping and cutting with scissors

As you see, here’s where we left excess for the top flap. Check twice, cut once. I’m infamous for cutting things and then yelling out “it doesn’t fiiiiittttt!!.”

Wood grain Duck Tape on top of a light green patterned piece of fabric

The nice thing about having one continuous piece of fabric like we did is that you can easily just run your Duck Tape all the way down the fabric without having to piece anything together. But it’s not that hard to do this with two pieces of fabric. DO make sure your pattern is going to face the inside! You should be taping the back of the fabric.

Wood grain Duck Tape covering a light green patterned piece of fabric

Continue adding Duck Tape to the back of the fabric, overlapping slightly and smoothing thoroughly.

cutting and peeling Duck Tape using an XActo knife and ruler

If your Duck Tape overlaps the edge of the fabric slightly as ours did, trim with a craft knife. It also gets rid of any cruddy edges on the fabric edge.

Trimming blue Duck Tape with a craft knife and ruler

The next step is to pull several pieces of Electric Blue Duck Tape off of the roll – you need these lengths for your DIY iPad case:

  • Two long enough to go down each side
  • One to go across the bottom
  • One to go across the very top flap
  • One to go across the top of the case at the front

BUT you’re going to cut each strip in half, so you can double up on some of the above.

Yep, you want each strip of Electric Blue to be 1/2 the size of a regular piece of Duck Tape. You can do this on your cutting board with your craft knife and then peel up.

Folding blue Duck Tape over the edge of the iPad case

Fold your case the way you want it . . . then place the Electric Blue Duck Tape on the edges of the case and fold over to start securing the case.

Cutting and folding Duck Tape on the top flap of the iPad case

At the very top where the flap is, make a notch with the craft knife as shown before folding over.

Make sure to cover all edges with the Electric Blue tape. SMOOTH thoroughly.

Hand showing the inside of the iPad case covered in fabric

You’re done! You have a lined iPad case and you just need to adhere the Velcro dots to finish.

No sew iPad case made with Duck Tape

Here it is open . . .

DIY iPad cover

And then with your electronic baby all secured inside. The fabric interior of your DIY iPad case will keep the screen from getting scratched.

Yield: 1 case

DIY iPad Case

No sew iPad case made with Duck Tape

Learn how to make an iPad case using Duck Tape. This project is so cool because it's no-sew!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Fabric large enough to cover your iPad - cotton works best
  • Duck Tape - two patterns
  • Adhesive Velcro squares

Tools

  • Dissolving fabric pen
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife and cutting mat

Instructions

  1. Lay out the fabric with the iPad on top. Draw around your iPad leaving about 1/4" on all sides, except for the top flap, which should be long enough to fold over.
  2. Cover the back side of the fabric pieces with your main pattern of Duck Tape, overlapping slightly.
  3. If the Duck Tape overlaps the edge of the fabric slightly, trim with a craft knife. It also gets rid of any cruddy edges on the fabric edge.
  4. Cut five lengths of a second pattern of Duck Tape to fit all around the edges of the iPad sleeve. Cut each piece in half using a craft knife.
  5. Fold the case the way you want it . . . then place the Duck Tape on the edges of the case and fold over to start securing the case.
  6. At the very top where the flap is, make a notch with the craft knife before folding the tape over.
  7. Adhere the Velcro pieces at the top of the flap and on the front of the case to finish.

Did you make this project?

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SO easy to make – even a kid can do it. Show your teenagers how to make their own iPad case for back-to-school!


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