DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Given that my iPad is one of few things I can’t function without, it was about time I gave it the royal treatment. Inspired by Stella McCartney‘s iconic Falabella bag, I whipped up a chain trimmed leather sleeve perfect for my favorite gadget! This tutorial is a great way to  learn a super simple hand stitching technique which can also then be applied to other leather wares. Have I piqued your interest yet?

You’ll need:

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. (Click images to enlarge)

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.

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

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

Stitch the corner link through the same bottom hole twice.

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.

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

Your Stella McCartney inspired iPad sleeve is finished!

(Stella McCartney Falabella iPad Sleeve $415; all images by HonestlyWTF)

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121 Comments

  1. This. Is. Awe. Some.!
    What a great idea! So rock and roll! 🙂

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  2. Mardi wrote:

    This is so simple but so effective! Now just to get an iPad…

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  3. Hanna wrote:

    so cool! 🙂

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  4. Cheyvonne wrote:

    I love this. Trying this out A.S.A.P.

    http://www.stylishabits.blogspot.com

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  5. Amazing work, very neat! Love this DIY!

    xoxo
    http://fashionagony.blogspot.com/

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  6. Cheyvonne wrote:

    I love this! Just what I needed.

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  7. Natalie wrote:

    LOVE this!! such a good idea! http://www.fashionifancy.com

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  8. Amazing!!!
    great idea!!!

    xoxo

    http://touchkajal.blogspot.com/

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  9. Blogger wrote:

    Oh That’s great .. Gonna do it definately…

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  10. Hannah wrote:

    I don’t think Stella’d be too rapt that you’ve used a leather case…

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  11. Oh God, how freaking amazing is that? I need to get a rotary punch so I can start doing these things (even though I don’t have an ipad). Such a cool tutorial!

    xo Joana

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  12. Flami wrote:

    I like this post!!..it’s amazing!!!!!!!!!
    I talk about your DIY in my blog, have a look:
    http://monmannequin-flami.blogspot.it/2012/04/new-diy.html

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  13. Maria wrote:

    Wow, this makes me wish I had an iPad!
    http://peppermintsandpixiedust.blogspot.com

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  14. Laure wrote:

    Love it!!!! And the purple color is just lovely
    http://ilovedoityourself.blogspot.fr/

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  15. style-xyz wrote:

    wow, great post! I really like the effect!

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  16. Naomi wrote:

    I love DIYs where you make something pretty even prettier! I guess this could be adapted for other things – like wallets or make-up bags.

    The J’adore Blog

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  17. Xenia FaSHionRoLLa Kuhn wrote:

    Wow, So great! Love it!

    Do you like studs?

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  18. Armu wrote:

    YAAAY a DIY and it is so flipin awesome.. im super excited to do this.. i love the Stella bags.. can never afford them.. but this is just sooo awesome.. lol im so excited hehe

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  19. Kara wrote:

    Piqued not peaked.

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  20. Jaeger wrote:
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  21. Ambyr wrote:

    Love it. It seconds as a cool clutch!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  22. This is great! LOVE!

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  23. Dang it girl! You are da bomb! Love it!!!!

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  24. Vanessa wrote:

    This is amazing!

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  25. Jessica wrote:

    beyond amazing! i might have to get an iPad just to make this fab clutch for it! ha
    xx

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  26. LOVE IT!!!! I was eying on Stella McCartney’s iPad sleeves and now I’m more than inspired to make my own!! hurrah!! Thanks for the awesome DIY tips! xoxo
    http://www.hellohellofriday.com/

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  27. Jen CK wrote:

    Looks great! Now if only someone would get me an iPad… 😉

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  28. Hannah wrote:

    this. is. genius.

    wtfwhatthefashion.blogspot.com/

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  29. katie wrote:

    one of your best!!! I absolutely love this!

    katie
    http://kfitzdesign.blogspot.com

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  30. Lisa wrote:

    wow that’s amazingly simple and gorgeous, just like the stella bag!
    in dramatic fashion

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  31. very nice!

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  32. Liselotte wrote:

    Looks awesome! But since I do not own an iPad, I might try this on my phone 🙂

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  33. Lynn wrote:

    wow… i wish i had an ipad now!

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  34. Kristina wrote:

    I love love love this DIY. It’s amazing!

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  35. soo wrote:

    ok. you need to sell this…to me.

    http://mybabykins.com

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  36. Zahra wrote:

    Love it! I actually like yours better than the Stella McCartney sleeve. 🙂

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  37. Virginie wrote:

    Really great, wow!

    Virginie/

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  38. littlelulu wrote:

    Fantastic idea!!!!!!Love this DIY!!!

    http://lovelittlelulu.blogspot.com/

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  39. Sarah wrote:

    Ridiculously good. I can’t WAIT to finish my exams: I’ll go through all your tutorials, make a shopping list (when is that not fun?) of all the things I need to make the ones I want, and just try them all out. Must find my creative flair in this time also. I hope it comes as naturally.
    LoOOooOvvvvvvVe the blog. It really does make my day.

    Sarah @ Acid Wallpaper
    X

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  40. Anastasios wrote:

    Wow, skillful and perfectly executed! Nice and pretty result above all!
    xoxoxo

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  41. AMAZING DIY…super CUTE combo of colours metal silver witj Violet

    YOu can check me in NEON 2 CAPES:

    http://www.laviequo.com

    XOXO from MUNICH

    La Vie Quotidienne

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  42. brilliant!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

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  43. Alison wrote:

    That doesn’t look too hard! I just need to get my hands on one of those punchy things…

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

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  44. Adrienne wrote:

    Very cool! My family actually just gave my mom an iPad for her birthday present! This is perfect!

    http://theaverageasiangirl.blogspot.com

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  45. Silje T. wrote:

    This is SO fantastic! I actually like yours much better than the Stella McCartney. And purple is sooooo beautiful <3

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  46. Tiffany wrote:

    Super cute + super easy = love

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  47. Brooke wrote:

    Love this, if I actually had an iPad I’d be making this.

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  48. Billi wrote:

    Love this! I reposted on my blog~ you guys always have the best post!

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  50. Sarabelle wrote:

    that is genius!
    xx
    sarabelleblog.blogspot.com/

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  51. these are SO awesome! now I just need an iPad… : )

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

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  52. Alexandra wrote:

    Great DIY .. Very chic and stylish. Will def be trying this out adding a bit of my own flare to it!!

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  53. Kristie wrote:

    Might just have to try this one! You always nice DIYs

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  54. Noel wrote:

    Fabulous!! I want to paint/spray paint the curb chain a different color. What should I use? Would it be durable to wear the painted chain as jewelry too? Thank you!

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  55. Joyce wrote:

    Ohmygoodness, this is brilliant and beautiful! It looks so amazing! I’d love try this out for my Galaxy! Another brilliant DIY from you girls! Thank you!! 🙂

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  56. sissi wrote:

    this is just awesome, i have to share this! just so sorry to dont have an ipad!

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  57. Nicole wrote:

    Amazing <3

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  58. Holly you guys!! all time fav!! love this diy!!!!!

    love K

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  59. MU wrote:

    Wowzers! This looks so amazing! Rock chic style!

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  60. Sam wrote:

    Looks good!

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  61. Super cute, but it looks very time consuming!

    Awesome DIY tutorial though.

    -Tara of Mad Max
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
    http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

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  62. Daniela wrote:

    I love love this!! I want to do this for my IPad! Thanks for sharing!!!

    http://eyesofacouturier.wordpress.com/

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  63. Aweesssooommmeee!

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  64. Absolutely love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Patricia wrote:

    Nice, except she might never go for leather!

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  66. L.Camille wrote:
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  67. Evani wrote:

    This is AMAZING!

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  68. abby wrote:

    that is AMAZING, your blog is AMAZING! thank you so much for sharing and i’m so glad to have stumbled on your blog and your outrageously AMAZING diy section.

    abby
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com

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  69. Andrea wrote:

    How cool is that!
    -Art a la Rue xx

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  70. that’s pretty cool!

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  71. Sin12012 wrote:

    Amazing !

    xo ,
    Ana Catalarrana

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  72. Carly wrote:

    This is soooo coool!!! I wish i had an Ipad…

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  73. Janet wrote:

    You’re DYI posts are honestly the best!

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  74. january wrote:

    one of your best DIYs yet!
    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

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  75. Jaclyne wrote:

    This is such a fantastic idea. And super simple!

    xo,
    Jaclyne
    http://www.sadeesays.com

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  76. Rachel wrote:

    How fun is that? I’m going to try this with pearls.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  77. Ashleigh wrote:

    Genius! I’m going to make this for my friend for her B-Day.

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  78. sam wrote:

    what happens to the knot in the 3rd and fourth picture :s does it stay there

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Sam, the knot stays there. you’ll trim it at the very end but the double knots prevent the cord from unraveling.

      4.16.12
  79. I love this! Been looking for a great idea to make a great looking ipad2 case and this rocks! Love it! Thanks a lot!

    Annabella Merlin
    Creative Photo Albums

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  80. Kelly wrote:

    So simple but so effective! 🙂

    http://mustbebeautiful.blog.com

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  81. maria wrote:

    love leather and steel! looks cool!

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  82. Alame wrote:

    OMG, im in love with this diy

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  83. vanessa wrote:

    this is totally awesome!

    vanessa

    http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

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  84. Malorie wrote:

    Where did you get the plain purple case that you started with? I’ve tried finding one on ebay but I haven’t had much luck.

    I love this D.I.Y. and I’m dying to try it out!!

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  85. amber wrote:

    Hi, I’m the Merchandising Manager for Leatherology.com & love what you’ve done with our Purple Italian Leather iPad Sleeve!!

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  86. Alicia wrote:

    AMAZING! I think i’m now called to leather work lol!

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  87. Olga wrote:

    Wonderfull! I made a Stella McCartney’s embroidery inspired DIY sweater. You can get it ay http://www.thediysigner.blogspot.com

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  89. zen wrote:

    Nice! And it s great that you have other tutorials involving rotary punches so that we can get more than 1 use from it 🙂

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