{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Although I don't consider myself a tech gadget type of person [I am more inclined to pine over industrial snap presses or snazzy popsicle makers] I now have a shiny new iPad and I love it. We thought it would come in handy for our long flight to Korea and it sure did. We have put it to good use over the past three weeks. I've already read two books and the boys have read books, played games and practiced their math and spelling on it.

Before we left for Korea I whipped up a simple industrial wool felt sleeve for the iPad. I originally wanted to use leather and a snap for the closure but I didn't have them in my stash so I used a vintage wood button instead. I've said it before and I'll say it again, wool felt is so wonderful to work with since it doesn't fray and is sturdy and beautiful [I purchased mine when I was living in Korea]. The sleeve didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to but it serves its purpose for now. I have plans to make version 2.0 once I acquire the industrial snap press I have been swooning over.

Reader Comments (14)

The wooden button is so charming! I love it. I am curious where you purchase your industrial wool felt? I have been looking for it but unable to find a good source.

04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Wow, this looks great!

04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

So beautiful! Yes, where do you get your felt?

The Zoku is fun -- and it's not electric. Just something for which you need to make room in your freezer.

04.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelli

i love the wooden button. looks great. fantastic things you whip up, sally!

04.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterallyn

love the design! and a nice touch of wood makes it not completely modern-ish. :-)

04.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterangie

this is amazing! love this so much more than all the sleeves available in retail! you are a star sally!

04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoke

Simply Amazing Sally! I just love the texture and feel of wool.

04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichele H.

how beautiful and simple - the wool and wood combination is very clean! very much your aesthetic!

04.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterali

KATIE // Thanks! I bought the wool felt at a textile market in Korea. I haven't found a source here in the States.

KATHY // Thank you! :)

KELLI // The felt is from Korea. Thanks for the reminder about the Zoku...slipped my mind! :)

ALLYN // Thanks!

ANGIE // :)

JOKE // Thanks, friend!

MICHELE H. // Me, too! Thanks!

ALI // Thank you! :)

04.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

this looks FREAGIN' awesome!!! gosh, you are so crafty!

04.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruly Smitten

SARAH // Ha! Thanks! :)

04.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

paul said when you come up with a new one, he wants your old one =)

04.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEva

EVA // I'll make him one! :)

04.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

I think it's lovely just as is! I actually like the wooden button a lot, perhaps more so than a metal snap. As someone commented, I like the juxtaposition with earthy, organic wood button vs. sleek high tech iPad. Plus, you may want to think about whether the constant pressure of pushing the snap into place would damage the iPad screen or not. I made a case for our iPad this Christmas with a magnetic snap, and then called the Apple store about their thoughts on it, and they said probably a good idea to not use it. (due to its magnetic properties, however, not the constant pressure). Love the industrial wool felt . . . we plan to make a trip to Korea in the next year or two (my daughter is from Seoul), so I'll be on the look out!

04.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucinda

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