How to Make a Splash-Proof Gadget Cover
The sun is shining and summer seems like it’s inching ever closer, make sure you’re all set for the beach with these splash-proof gadget covers. Made from oil cloth these cases will keep your prized possessions safe from any water splashes and direct sunlight.
Imagery and text courtesy of Sew Fabulous by Stuart Hillard published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson
Make these covers for your e-book, real book(!), phone, tablet or laptop in splash-proof cotton laminate or oilcloth. They are super fast and easy and close with stick-on Velcro.
It doesn’t get much easier than this!
Suitable for: Beginners
- Oilcloth or laminated cotton cut to size (see estimating fabric below)
- Paper clips
- Matching sewing thread
- Self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape, such as Velvro, 2 centimetres (three quarters of an inch) wide and half the width of your device.
- To calculate the length: start at the top of your book or device, measure down to the bottom, under the bottom, back up to the top and then down the front again, a third of the way from the top.
- To calculate the width: measure from the centre of one side of your fabric to the centre of the other and add on 5 centimetres (2 inches).
- Cut the piece of oilcloth or laminate to size. Fold it around your device so that there is an overlap at the top, one-third of the depth of your device or book. Remove the book or device. Hold the side seams in place with the paper clips.
- Sew the side seams. I use a walking foot on my machine to make the sewing easier. Do the same if you have one.
- Stick one half of the Velcro in the middle of the front flap, on the wrong side and the remaining piece of Velcro on the right side under the flap.
Use a saucer or plate to mark the front flap into a curve. Sticky Velcro dots work better for the fastening if you shape the front flap.