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How to Make a Homemade iPad SmartCover

Updated on April 9, 2012
The Apple iPad 2 SmartCover
The Apple iPad 2 SmartCover | Source

A Little About The Apple iPad 2 SmartCover

A few years ago, Apple released the brand new iPad 2, featuring several new, cool, and useful features. One of these include the built in magnetic sides that could be used with Apple’s new SmartCover. The basic idea of it was when you lift it up, the device turns on, and when you put it back down, it turns off. Many people looked forward to this awesome addition, and bought it right away. But a few, such as I, wanted something more affordable. After browsing through the world wide web, I came across two different ways to create your own homemade SmartCover for the iPad 2. I suggest using the first method if you haven't already bought a regular iPad cover. If you have, you are better off using the second; it'll be much easier.

Don't Feel Like Making Your Own? Buy a SmartCover From Amazon.

Method 1: If You Don't Already Have an iPad Cover

What you need:

  • Cardboard
  • Any type of fabric
  • A small, strong magnet
  • strong glue (preferably hot glue)
  • And an iPad (obviously)

Step One -- The Measurements

To successfully complete this project, the first step you need to take is to find the correct measurements. Coming directly from the Apple website, I acquired them for the iPad 2. It came out as about 10 times 8 inches. Using these measures, cut the cardboard to the correct length and width. Do the same thing to your piece of fabric, then to one more piece. Once we've got these done, we're ready to move on to the messy part -- the glue.

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Step Two -- The Glue

Here comes the messy part -- gluing everything together. I strongly suggest using hot glue; it's easy to use, and dries quickly. First, take one piece of the cut out fabric and glue it onto one side of the cardboard. Repeat this on the other side of the cardboard with the other piece of fabric.If you used hot glue, great -- you saved a lot of time. I do not suggest school glue. If you are using a thin fabric, the glue may be soaked up by the liquid and make it very frustrating to work with. Don’t use glue sticks; they are just not sticky enough. Let it dry, then move onto the next step.

Step Three -- Experimenting

Here’s where we need to do a bit of experimenting. Take your magnet and your iPad (make sure the iPad's on), and slide the magnet across the right side of it. When you come to a certain area, the iPad should turn off. If not, go to Settings>iPad Cover Lock/Unlock, and make sure it’s turned on. When you reach the area, make a mental note on where it is located. Next, lay the cardboard (covered in fabric) on top of the iPad. Glue the magnet on the spot that made it turn the iPad on.

Note: It would be on the on the left side of the cardboard, since when you put it on the iPad, it will be the opposite of the direction that you are seeing it now. Basically, just glue the magnet on the left side. Also, do NOT glue the magnet on the iPad, ONLY on the cardboard.

Step Four -- Protecting the iPad (Optional)

This step is optional. It's just for the matter of your iPad's safety, and so it does not get scratched. Just take a small scrap of fabric and glue it over the already glued magnet. With this done, you've completed your very own iPad SmartCover! Test it out -- Put the cover over the iPad. lift it up. Does it turn on? If not, you probably didn't put the magnet in the right spot. If so, good for you. It works!

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With an iPad Cover
With an iPad Cover
With an iPad Cover

Method 2: If You Already Have an iPad Cover

What you need:

  • An iPad Cover
  • A small, strong magnet
  • Strong glue (preferably hot glue)
  • And an iPad (obviously)

Basically all you have to do if you already have an iPad case is insert the magnet onto the right location. (See the first method for details on how to find it.) After you do that, you are pretty much done. As you can see, it’s much easier if you already have the cover.

Thank you for reading this hub. I hope it helps you, and I want you to enjoy the features of the SmartCover, even if you can’t afford to buy the official one. Thanks!

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      Jckobl 5 years ago

      Thanks! I'm glad you like it.