As always, I try to find new and innovative ways to deal with the waste we generate. Mike was gifted a book one Christmas by our lovely German friends, Michael and Lindelies, It's called Cool Hunting Green and has many ideas of recycled objects in it. Below is one little project I tried out; we were given an old adding machine at kindergarten and it had outworn it's play life, so before throwing it out, I got the children to help me take it apart. The keys have a hole drilled through them and threaded with elastic as hair tie ornaments. The stretchy elastic came from some Warehouse shoes we bought a while back - they use the elastic to hold pairs of shoes together!
|Our Balinese lady holds my hair ties with computer key buttons.|
Then there are the crazy little upcycled projects like this sleep shirt I made my daughter in the holidays. Mike had a few old bamboo shirts which had stretched beyond comfort and as I like the feel of them, I turned 2 of them into a hoodie-sleep-shirt which my daughter ABSOLUTELY loves and wears often. I love that she is not a label girl and will wear crazy upcycled gear happily.
|3 ultra-stretched t-shirts...|
|become a crazy sleep shirt with attitude.|
So when my work laptop started to die, I was given a replacement iPad. (Now that is a whole other story - me and technology - groan!!) I asked for a keypad cover as I am a touch typist and can't do that on-screen. So it looks like a mini laptop! But of course, it's still hard and needs a protective cover, so as is my habit, in order to save extra costs, I decided to make an upcycled one. I looked around to see what I could use and this is a step by step guide of how to make one!
|1. I gathered the resources: some old coffee pouches, an old suitcase strap, a windscreen cover that's coming apart.|
|3. All 3 layers are pinned together and then sewn together at both ends. I have hand-sewn on the cut-off top bits of the coffee pouches, to act as loops for my closing act.|
|4. Opened out, this is what the bag looks like with the t-shirt inner. You can see where the coffee pouch loops have been attached by hand.|
|6. The handles are attached to coffee pouch loops, hand-sewn onto the back, at each end.|
|6. Detail shows the hand-sewn loops, with a small curtain ring to hold the old suitcase strap.|
|7. One loop sewn at each end to form strap attachment point.|
|8. Bag ready to go. Last step, drill a hole in carved souvenir and attach to central loop with bungy elastic cord. This will ensue that I don't lose my closing clasp.|
|9. There she goes! Ready to transport my iPad safely, and all using "junk" found around the house. Cost: One whole morning of inventive fun. I think it's kinda funky, and functional at the same time. |
We'll call it the FUNKtional iPad Case.