DIY: iPad Case From A Bubble Mailer Envelope

What I love most about technology is that it's all about customization. From your wallpaper to your apps, it's all about you. That's what inspired me to create a custom, one-of-a-kind sleeve for my favorite tech-cessory. A bubble mailer is the perfect object to upcycle for this DIY project, because not only is it the ideal size and shape for a tablet, but its very function is to protect your stuff! So next time you receive a package in the mail, keep the envelope, cover it up with your favorite fabric and you've got a custom case for your iPad, iPod, laptop or phone. Or make it a DIY party at the next girls-night-in. You can even use it as a stylish clutch when you're out and about.

Bonus: No sewing required. Bonus #2: You get to play with the extra bubble wrap when you're done.

• Bubble Mailer (10.5in. x 11in.)
• Fabric (or repurpose pieces from an old t-shirt, dress or jeans)
• Adhesive (glue gun, tacky glue, stapler and/or small brads)
• 2 Buttons
• Needle & Thread
• Piece of Ribbon or String (approximately 8 in.)
• Scissors

• To measure the correct size for your case, slide your tablet horizontally into the envelope. Cut along one side of the envelope, leaving the back layer a few inches longer to create a flap for your case (see Step 1 above).
• Line the inside of the envelope with your first piece of fabric. I used a stapler and small brads to secure the fabric onto the envelope. You can also use tacky glue or a glue gun instead.
• Apply the next piece of fabric so that it covers the base of the envelope completely (front and back).
• Cover the flap with your third piece of fabric. The envelope should now be completely covered.
• With a needle and thread, sew on a button on the flap and on the base of the envelope.
• Grab your ribbon or string and knot it onto one of the buttons to make a string-and-button closure for your case.

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  1. Such a great, in-expensive idea! Sharing this as a crafty find at The Latest Find today!

  2. Wow, great idea- you could even use one of those waterproof smart mailing envelopes for some added water resistance!

  3. Ashley - Glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing!

    Nick - Yes! The possibilities are endless with this one. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Super cool DIY. Pinning and stumbling it.

  5. So glad to hear that. Thanks!

  6. What a great idea.Tough and pretty.Not to mention my favorite-inexpensive!Thanks for posting.

  7. Well it's official, I need an ipad so that I can make this most excellent DIY!

  8. omg how cute! I can't wait to get an Ipad just so I can make this :)

  9. Quick, changeable...LOVE IT! Thanks for the shared idea. Will be linking it at my blog over the weekend.

  10. Thank you all!

    @hitherandthither and @Apartment Life: you can always use it as a clutch until you get an iPad :)

  11. I adore this. Pure genius! Just found your blog from Say Yes to Hoboken - can't wait to see more!

  12. Anonymous5/25/2012

    That's so genius! My IPad Will love to live in such DIY! Very Nice blog and ideas!

  13. Lovely tutorial!
    This tutorial has been featured on my blog http://creativebalorina.com/thursday-tutorials-ipad-case/#

  14. it will be featured and translated in italian on next Monday in my blog: diy-artandcraft

  15. Hi Natalie,
    This is so easy to do that even seems impossible :)
    DIY is one of the posts I'm going to do every week based on the research from other blogs. I'm still deciding which one I'm going to post this week but I'm definitely going to consider yours and continue following you!



  16. I have looked a few of your project on here and all I can say is ...
    You. Are. A. Genuis.
    How cool is this Ipad case! And the shoebox shelves. Holy cow! I'm thoroughly impressed with your cleverness.

  17. You Are so genius! i love your blog. thanks for share with us your knowledge.

  18. Deinen Ideen sind immer wieder großartig. Ich schaue hier sehr gerne vorbei.

  19. I don't undersand how you can open the envelope/case in a side if the envelope's open on the top. Thanks

    1. Hi Noelia - I actually did insert the iPad through the top opening. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the envelope was wide enough to fit. I cut the top shorter, which is why it may look like it is opening from the side. Hope that makes sense!

    2. Hi Natalie! Thank you so much!!!! Now, i undestand it! i'll make it and show you in my blog. Best wishes!

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  20. Bubble Wrap Roll are become more popular for the shipping and handling of fragile products.

  21. This is pure genius! I am so impressed! And my iPad just so happens to be in the market for a new case. xoxo

  22. Anonymous1/21/2014

    you could even use one of those waterproof smart mailing envelopes for some added water resistance! Flash Lights

  23. Anonymous1/07/2016

    awesome idea! Only I used Velcro for closure


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