October 11th, 2013

DIY: Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

IN: Just For Fun, Product


With stunning home, art and fashion editorials, along with unparalleled beauty and style tips, HonestlyWTF is quickly becoming one of our favorite blogs. The blog itself is visually spectacular, but we’re spending most of our time on the DIY pages where the bloggers, one a stylist and the other a designer, have made sure we keep busy. This is just one of the many projects we insist you try at home.


Project and photos are courtesy of Lauren and Erica at HonestlyWTF



You’ll need:

  • Leatherology iPad sleeve
  • 30 inches of stainless steel curb chain
  • 5 yards of waxed linen cord
  • all purpose rotary punch
  • an embroidery needle
  • wire cutter or bolt cutter (optional)
  • scissors



Start by setting the rotary punch to the smallest hole setting. Create a hole in the upper right corner, making sure to punch just outside the seam but without cutting into the outer edge of the leather sleeve.ipad2

Each chain link is approximately 5 millimeters apart, therefore the holes should be spread apart with the same distance. Continue punching holes around the perimeter of the sleeve.


Thread the needle with the waxed linen cord and tie a double knot at the end. Pull the thread through the first hole and pass the needle through the same hole again, making the first stitch.ipad4?scl=1

Pull the needle through the bottom of the first chain link and push it through the top of the second hole. Pull tightly.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Continue pulling the thread through bottom of the next chain link and pushing through the top of the subsequent hole.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Stitch the corner link through the same bottom hole twice.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Tie a double knot to finish the entire stitch. Trim the ends of the knots with scissors and cut away any excess chain with a wire or bolt cutter.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Now go back with fingers or a pair of tweezers to pull out any original broken stitches.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

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