Spring is finally here and I took this chance to start a project I’ve been meaning to get to for a while – making a case for my Google Nexus tablet, a Christmas present from my truly excellent other half, Andrew. I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out and thought I’d share it with you!
I’ve had a lot of sari ribbon kicking around, which I bought from Julie’s Etsy shop. I wanted to use strips of this beautiful fabric in my cover since not only does it look amazing, but I just love the philosophy behind it.
Sari ribbon is made by tying together the scraps of silk used to make saris. Here’s what Julie has to say about where the fabric comes from:
My yarns are produced by women’s co-operatives in India. I buy this yarn and fibre, which includes sari silk ribbon, sari silk yarn and banana yarn, directly from these women and and have been doing so for years and years where I now have an excellent relationship directly with these cottage industries. I still marvel at the peerless quality and enchantment of these yarns years on. I am now organic nettle and organic hemp yarn from Nepal along with hand-spun cottons and linens and other Indian silk products including handwoven pure silk scarves and shawls for you to dye yourself.
I wanted it to be colourful and unique but also to be really personal and reflect my philosophy of creating as little waste as possible, trying to do right by our planet and seeking out ethical products. I love the fact that I can now read books about poverty reduction for my course from a case made out of such materials!
The whole thing took me about a day to make, bearing in mind that certain parts needed to dry overnight and the fact that I don’t have a sewing machine. I’m sure with practice I can do this a lot faster and more efficiently!
So what do you think?
I’ve been mulling over starting an Etsy shop to sell things I make using materials like this, so let me know what you think and whether you would be interested in a cover like this for your tablet or Kindle.
I’ve also made a Nexus case for Andrew using spare parts of leather I’d love to make more of these and learn about different methods of using recycled or environmentally-friendly products so do let me know what you think – don’t spare my feelings!