I’m a huge technology nut – I blame it on growing up with a Dad that works in the tech industry, and with three brothers who were also huge computer geeks (and are now all working in the techie field).
I received an early Christmas present in the mail a few weeks ago – a beautiful Nexus 7 tablet for me to review from Staples Canada. You can imagine how elated my little computer-geeky self was to try out this device!
The Nexus 7 tablet was actually on my Christmas list. My husband has the previous Nexus tablet, and I really like it. Plus, my phone can only do so much. It’s nice to have a larger device to read Christmas baking recipes on, download sewing pattern instructions, read sheet music on, read books on, surf the web with while putting my poor pregnant feet up… you get the picture. The 7″ HD screen on this device is the perfect size for all of these things while remaining completely portable with its lightweight design.
The first thing I did when I received my Nexus 7, was install all of my favourite Android apps: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress, & Google Analytics. The tablet came pre-loaded with all of the Google apps I already use. Everything looks beautiful and brilliant on this gorgeous backlit LED screen!
I noticed immediately that the Nexus 7 has great battery life (so much better than my phone!) and excellent sound quality.
I love this thing so much, that I even bought a little dock for it that I can plug it into and use as a mini sound system. It’s been cranking out the Christmas tunes for me for the last couple of weeks, and the quality is really decent! Thanks, Staples, for this incredibly handy tool this Christmas season!
Of course I wanted to protect my new tablet, so I made a simple & pretty padded DIY tablet case for it. This would also be a great gift for any of your techie friends and you can alter it to fit any device! Here, I’ll share with you how I made one for my new Nexus 7.
- scraps of printed fabric and lining fabric (you’ll need less than 1/4 yard of each)
- a scrap of cotton quilt batting
- a scrap of lace, ribbon, or trim
Cut three pieces out of each of the fabrics (the print, the lining, and the batting):
- One that is 2″ wider than your device and 2″ longer (for the Nexus 7, these were about 6 1/2″ wide by 9 1/2″ tall)
- One that is 2″ wider than your device and 5″ longer (for the Nexus 7, these were about 6 1/2″ wide by 12 1/2″ tall)
Put the printed fabric pieces right sides together, and sew around the sides and bottom as shown.
Layer the lining pieces on top of the batting pieces, and then put them lining side together as shown. Sew around the sides and bottom.
Clip the corners.
Sew a piece of lace, ribbon, or trim across the top flap section of the print fabric about 1 1/2″ from the upper raw edge as shown.
Stuff the lining/batting pouch into the printed fabric pouch as shown above.
Pin, and then sew around the upper edges and flap as shown above, leaving a 3″ opening at the top edge. Clip the corners.
Turn the case right side out, and then top-stitch around the flap and upper edge, closing the opening as you go.
Sew a small piece of velcro about /2″ from the upper edge and to the back of the flap. You could also use a button as a closure.
Now your pretty, padded DIY tablet case is all done and ready to protect your tablet or to give as a special handmade gift!
What’s your favourite tech tool that you use daily?