Diy iPod holder made from an old t-shirt... Did this today. I put 3 Velcro strips instead of 2. And I would encourage you to do more than 17" on the height. Mine was 12" (arm plus 2) by 19 ". 12 being around my arm and 19 being doubled over for iPod.
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How to hide your router and other tech / wires...oh this is clever!