Dress Your Tech
Personalize the icons on your particular brand of tablet to make a unique case, which will also keep it safe from scratches and bumps.
You Will Need
To make the outer case, measure your tablet and add 2½ in. (6 cm) onto the width to allow for the depth of the tablet and the seam allowances, and 3¼ in. (8 cm) onto the length to allow for the depth, seam allowances, and closing flap. Cut two pieces of gray felt this size and one piece of black felt 7¼ x 6 in. (18 x 15 cm) for the screen. Cut a piece of pale blue felt to 1¼ x 6 in. (3.5 x 15 cm).
You can personalize the icons to your own style of tablet or use the ones I have designed. Each icon is 7/8 in. (2 cm) square.
Text Message icon (A): cut a green square and a cream speech bubble. Stitch the speech bubble to the background using cream thread and tiny running stitches.
Calendar icon (B): cut a cream square and a narrow red strip. Sew the strip across the top of the square using red thread and tiny running stitches. Embroider the date in backstitch using black floss.
Camera icon (C): cut a grey square and a black camera. Sew the camera to the square using black thread. Embroider the detail using backstitch in gray floss.
Photos icon (D): cut a cream square and embroider segments of color using satin stitch and floss in orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple, violet, and red.
Videos icon (E): cut a turquoise square and a cream strip. Sew the strip to the top of the square with cream thread. Embroider chevrons in satin stitch using black floss.
Maps icon (F): cut a green square and cream roads. Stitch the roads to the square with cream thread. Using floss, embroider a blue line using backstitch and a blue road sign using satin stitch. Add a red line in backstitch across the top of the road sign and a yellow road in satin stitch.
Reminders icon (G): cut a cream square. Make French knot dots on the left and running stitch lines using floss in four different colors.
Weather icon (H): cut a pale blue square and a cream cloud. Sew the cloud to the square using cream thread and then use yellow floss to sew a sun in satin stitch.
Games icon (I): cut a cream square and different size circles in turquoise, yellow, coral, and purple. Using matching thread, sew the circles to the square so they overlap.
Clock icon (J): cut a brown square and a cream circle. Sew the circle to the square using dark brown thread and straight stitch to indicate the hour positions. Sew the two hands of the clock using backstitch in brown floss. Sew a red line in backstitch for the second hand.
App Store icon (K): cut a turquoise square, then sew an A inside a circle using backstitch and cream floss.
Calculator icon (L): cut a mustard square and a smaller grey square. Sew the small square to the bottom right corner of the larger one. Using black floss sew plus, minus, multiplication, and equals symbols in the corners.
Passbook icon (M): cut a turquoise square, a green rectangle, and a mustard strip. Sew the green rectangle across the center of the turquoise square and add the mustard strip across the bottom. Use cream floss and satin stitch to add a detail to the left side of each strip.
Notes icon (N): cut a cream square and a mustard strip. Sew the strip across the top of the square. Embroider lines using brown floss and running stitch across the cream section.
YouTube icon (O): cut a red square and a smaller cream rectangle. Sew the rectangle to the center of the square and then use red floss and satin stitch to sew a triangle in the center of the cream rectangle.
FaceTime icon (P): cut a green square and a cream camera. Sew the camera to the square with cream thread. Embroider lines in backstitch with green floss for the detail on the camera.
Music Store icon (Q): cut a purple square and embroider a music symbol inside a circle using backstitch and satin stitch in cream floss.
Settings icon (R): cut a grey square and a black circle. Sew the circle to the square with a circle of backstitch using gray thread. Add the three arms in backstitch in gray floss.
Phone icon (S): cut a green square and embroider a phone shape using satin stitch in cream floss.
Mail icon (T): cut a turquoise square and a cream rectangle. Sew the rectangle to the square using cream thread. Add the lines for the envelope detail using backstitch in turquoise floss.
Internet icon (U): cut a cream square and turquoise circle. Sew the circle to the square using cream thread. Embroider lines out from the center in red and cream floss, using satin stitch.
Music icon (V): cut a coral square and embroider a music symbol using satin stitch in cream floss.
Sew all the icons onto the screen with straight stitch in a matching color thread, using the photograph as a guide for position.
Cut a black felt circle for the home button and sew below the screen in the center using straight stitch in black thread. Add a long oval strip of black felt over the top of the screen for the receiver, stitching it in place using running stitch in gray embroidery floss. Sew two French knots in black floss for cameras on the left and above the receiver strip.
Turn the case right side out and then shape the extra piece at the top of the front piece into a flap. Sew the two snap fasteners to the underside of the flap and in a matching position on the back of the case, as closures.
The fabric quantities are for a case to fit an iPad, so amend the dimensions following the instructions in step 1 if your tablet is smaller or larger