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Dress Your Tech

35 projects to customize your phone, laptop, tablet, camera, and more

Written by Lucy Hopping

Published: 13/08/2015

Dress Your Tech

  • Paperback
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  • 9781782492467
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  • Aug 2015
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  • 128 pages

About the author

Lucy Hopping graduated with a degree in Textile Crafts and now works as an art and craft product developer in the toy industry, designing and developing craft kits for children. This has taken her to UK and international trade fairs and to showrooms and factories in the Far East. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys making stitched, crocheted, and knitted products to sell online and at local fairs. She is passionate about inspiring young people to get crafting as well as making items in her own right. She is the co-author of Handmade Glamping and a contributor to Crafting for Girls, both published by CICO Books. The author is based in London, UK.

Nowadays, everyone has their tech—cell phones, laptops, e-readers, and tablets, as well as music players and digital cameras. Store-bought covers and accessories can be expensive and are not unique—so what if you could customize them yourself at a fraction of the price? Here, Lucy Hopping shows you how to do just that. In chapter 1, Decorate Your Tech, discover how to personalize your tech: for example, use washi tape for colorful phone cases and keyboards, and add beads or braids to your headphone leads. You can even knit your own touchscreen gloves and attach cute designs made from fimo clay onto your USB flash drives. Chapter 2, Keep Your Tech, is about giving your tech a home, whether to store it, carry it around with you, or simply identify it as yours in a household with several tech users. Make the gorgeous vintage book laptop case, or a simple holder for your phone while it’s charging (preventing it from lying on the floor where it can be trodden on), as well as an armband pouch to hold a phone or music player while you’re out running. Finally, Chapter 3, Protect Your Tech, offers a variety of cases to keep your tech safe from damage but looking good. The phone covers include a fabric popsicle, contemporary cross stitch, and laser cut designs, while you can make tablet covers from felt or an old hardcover book. There’s an oilcloth tablet case too, which is wipe-clean and can be stood upright, making it perfect for following online recipes in the kitchen. The projects in this book use a range of easy craft techniques, from sewing, knitting, and crochet, to weaving, molding fimo clay, and preserving flowers in resin, among others. Each project has clear step-by-step artworks and there’s a section that explains all the techniques you’ll need, so you don’t have to be an expert to start making your tech world more beautiful.