3 DIY Eco-Gadget Covers

Technology is like a genie let out of the bottle. It now shapes our culture, economy and society. For better or for worse, technology is here to stay.

Some worry that the Internet has changed everything – even our brains. Information overload, an affliction associated to our addiction to technology is surely a byproduct of our access to information 24/7.

Nicholas Carr summed up this experience in his book, The Shallows:

“Whether I’m online or not, my mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”

Many argue that information overload is better than information povertyÖand certainly better than being passively entertained by television.

Whatever the good vs. evil mix, technology continues to advance at record speed. For the sake of this article, letís put the debate aside and figure out ways to protect those expensive technological wonder gadgets. Why? Technology is not getting put back in the bottle any time soon!

3 Eco-DIY Gadget Covers

1.Tablet Cover

The tablet computer, with all those fabulous apps are often brought into the kitchen for recipes, and popped into pocketbooks and briefcases for easy transporting. This tablet cover from My Poppet uses leftover felt scraps. The tutorial shows you how to make the felted patchwork for the outer part of the cover and instructions give the directions on how to measure and sew up a cover of your own.

2. Smart Phone Case

Juice boxes are wasteful. This is a simple DIY solution to keep them out of the landfills. This smart phone case provides the perfect reuse for a juice box. Hereís the tutorial on Flikr.

3. Laptop Sleeve

When I travel, I carry a laptop. Itís my traveling office companion. When my laptop died, I needed a cover for the new one. I wanted to make a sleeve that protected with eco-style. I made this simple, free and amazingly light laptop sleeve from an old sweater. Hereís a tutorial from my Econesting blog.

Photo Credits: My Poppet, Zedomax via Flickr, Econesting


Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thank you for the information

Sheila L.
Sheila Swan L6 years ago

There are a lot of things our grandmothers made out of about nothing. If you really want to make an incredible quilt save the outgrown cotton clothes you have (or even the kids tees shirts) and put the pieces together. It will be amazing.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Gypsy Willow
Jamie Willow6 years ago

What great ideas, never thought about making things like this.

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova6 years ago

It looks so nice :)

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

Cool! I especially like the phone cases made from juice boxes.

Hugh Mcintyre
Hugh Mcintyre6 years ago

they are so eco-crunchy!

Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago

Great ideas, now twist then to suit your own needs and supplies.

GwendolynGone K.
Gwendolyn Krupa6 years ago


Robyn Lydick
Robyn P6 years ago

Now I want to design an iPad case that also has a pocket for the phone. Hopefully I can use a hideous sweater I have that shrank a bit too much in the wash.
Hideous, but warm. I'd like to see it have a new life.
Thanks for the ideas, AND the tutorials.