Every time I see an ipod “purse” at a store I pick it up, look at the pricetag, and then put it down, saying to myself “I could make that”. I’ve been doing this since I got an ipod, and finally I’ve made my tote. This is my prototype, so it isn’t perfect, but more than adequate for the job. The strap is a little long, hence the knot. I didn’t think of adding a compartment for the earbuds, so I have to stuff them in with the ipod, or fold them up and stick them under the flap. Best of all–this tote was FREE! I didn’t purchase anything for this project.
I traced my ipod for the pattern, added a tiny bit of ease (I think 1/4 inch to each side) , seam allowances, made the front piece with length added for a flap (with a big facing), and a rectangular hole for the window. I added a seam allowance to the hole and folded the seam allowance back and attached the window (a piece of clear vinyl from packaging of some sort). Oh, i almost forgot to mention that I had to clip the corners of the seam allowance on the hole of the front piece before I could fold it back. I hope that make sense–I think it will if you try to make one. I used the triple straight stitch for all seams and top stitching and my fabric is scraps of corduroy left over from a jumper I made for my girl. I do recommend a sturdy fabric. The front flap is attached to the back with velcro.
My next version may have a longer flap, with a pocket in the flap for the earphones. Or, I may do an armband version, which would be handier for jogging.
These are what my pattern pieces looked like–it’s really a very basic and straightforward project. If you click on the picture, you’ll be able to better see my pattern pieces and it will give you a better idea how I drafted them.
I’ve used my ipod tote nearly every day since I made it–I should have made one months and months ago.
I’d like to make one for my mobile phone too, as I like to use the ear piece and would prefer being truly hands free.