Guest blogger series | iPod case tutorial

by Admin on 14/09/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Whip Up Tutorials

Guest blog: Helen at Curlybirds

Thank you, Kathreen, for inviting me to write a guest post. It is always a thrill to be on and amongst such a talented group of people.

As the beginning of school is upon us, I am sharing a tutorial to make an iPod cover. In fact, this cover can easily be made for any mobile device including an iPod, iPad or Kindle… The one we are going to make today is for my husband – who is a professor and is about to start teaching after a summer of research. The ‘e’ is not only the first letter of his name, but also a mathematical symbol widely used in engineering (yes he is an engineering professor!)


  • Felt in 2 different colors (2.5 x 9inch and 2.5 x2 inch) or big enough to snugly fit your mobile device
  • Embroidery silk
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut the felt to size to snugly fit your mobile device – 2.5 x 9inch for an iPod.

Step 2: To make the initial – Print out the desired letter from your computer. Roughly cut out the letter, pin it to the contrasting felt and carefully cut it out. I used Times New Roman, italics, bold, 240 pt.

Step 3: Place the letter in the desired location on the felt cover – I placed the ‘e’ in the top right-hand corner. Pin the letter to the felt cover and sew (whip stitch) using 2 threads of embroidery silk.

Step 4: Fold the felt cover in half to form a pouch. Pin and sew using whip stitch.

Here are a few more examples of covers I have made – the possibilities are endless!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Catherine September 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I love these. Just wondering, where do you get your felt? Is it wool felt? The nicest felt crafts seem to be.


2 Delica September 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I love these too. I’m wondering if I can adapt this to a Kindle cover?


3 Squeaks September 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Cool! How did you make that stunning flower?


4 Helen September 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

Thank you all very much – these cases have got a lot of use at our house!

Catherine – I use 100% wool felt. It is more expensive than the recycled felt, but it is a lot more durable, has beautiful colors and is more robust. I buy it on-line at Purl Soho –

Delica – the middle Hello Kitty case is for a Kindle!

Squeaks – I made the flower using this tutorial. The only difference is that I sewed each petal by hand. It took a while, but I really love the result.


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