Since my mom's birthday is coming up (Hi Mom!), I figured it might be neat to make her a nifty laptop sleeve emblazoned with the covers of her favorite newspapers (The New York Times and The Washington Post). Just to make it extra special, I used a photo-editing program to change the news a little, but you could also leave it as is - especially if something interesting was covered.
I also made one for myself with a nifty computer repair flowchart on one side, and the circuit map of an Apple-1 on the other. There are probably a billion different things that you could use as an image (repair guides might be cool/helpful), whatever floats your boat!
Because it requires a hot iron and needles, make sure to be careful. This would be a great simple project to teach kids some sewing techniques (rounded corners and rolled hems), and the results are pretty nice!
*note: make sure to check out the tips in Step 5*
Step 1: You'll Need. . .
- some t-shirt transfer paper (at least two sheets), 8.5"x11" (make sure it's compatible with your printer)
- an iron
- a printer
- a scanner (if you don't have your images in digital format)
- a newspaper or two, depending on if you want the two sides to be the same or not (if you don't want to go through the hassle of scanning a newspaper, etc. you can also look for images of newspapers online)
- a computer with photo-editing software (Photoshop, G.I.M.P., etc.)
- other images and things (if you want to change the news)
- some fabric (I used some canvas) - you'll need enough to cover the laptop like a book jacket, and as well as extra around the edges for seam allowances)
- needle, thread (or sewing machine if you have one - it makes this much easier)
- a pillowcase or other fabric to protect the transfer during ironing