Can you see what I have been up to? I've made myself a custom iPod Nano case. My Nano is light-years from the latest incarnation of music-on-the-go, but it serves me perfectly well. It is full of the music I love and lets me escape into familiar rhythms and lyrics whenever my mind needs a rest.
My biggest problem with having a small Nano, was that I couldn't keep track of it easily. When I was on an airplane and I wanted to listen to music, the device was hard to manage and often slipped off the tray table or my lap. I decided the solution was to make a hanging case for it.
I used an office supply store retractable name badge holder and fashioned a narrow sleeve out of a plastic-coated map (to support my travel theme), lined it with felt (to cushion the Nano) and sewed it together. I used a hole punch to make the opening for the name bag clasp. By trimming the excess off with pinking shears, I had a pretty finished edge. Voila! The construction is so simple, there is no need for a pattern or tutorial. Just layer the map and felt and sew - just use a sturdy needle (like one for jeans) to help ease through the layers.
Now when I travel, I can clip the name badge holder to the "seat pocket in front of me" (or to a beach tote, car pocket, bicycle basket) and my Nano is safe and easily within reach. When I pack up and move on, I just clip it to my pants pocket and I know exactly where my music is until I deplane and can get organized again.
I hope this simple (but super cute) craft inspires you to fashion your own mini music case.