Have you jumped on the tablet computer bandwagon yet?  At first I was certain they’d be nothing more than a fad, but it looks as though they are here to stay.  While iPad users are lucky enough to have access to a full line of accessories, if you have any other brand of tablet (or an e-reader like Amazon’s Kindle) your choices are limited and lacking personality.  If you want a cute, stylish way to haul your tablet around, Instructables user Bitsi designed this sleeve that’s upcycled from an old pair of jeans.  It even has a pocket for holding extras like cables!  The felt lining helps to cushion the case; for extra protection, try using material from a felted sweater, which is thicker than most store-bought felts.  If you don’t have a pair of jeans on hand to cut up, check out thrift stores who tend to have tons of them for cheap!  [how to make a blue jean tablet computer sleeve]

Project estimate:

  • Jeans, on hand or about $2 and up
  • Felt, on hand or $1
  • Button, on hand
  • Hair elastic, on hand or $1
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread, on hand
  • Newspaper, on hand

Total:  Free and up