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Turtle Screen Cleaner


My dad loves his tablet. He's always checking email, watching videos, and catching up on Facebook. So for Father's Day I thought it would be fun to make him a little screen cleaner to wipe away the fingerprints. And I couldn't resist using English paper piecing hexagons and making it into a turtle shape. Dad's like turtles, right?

If you or your dad need to clear away the smudges on your phone, computer or tablet, why not make one...or a few? These definitely aren't fiber-free so they may leave a few bits of lint behind. But they are super soft and will wipe away dust and fingerprints.

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Here's what you need:

Fleece
Cotton fabric
Felt
Thread
Embroidery floss

Turtle Screen Cleaner Template PDF

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Use the 1-1/2" hexagon template in the PDF to make a hexagon (see my tutorial here). It seems a little strange to do this with fleece, but it works. Just make the seam allowances a little larger and be careful to avoid stretching as best as you can.

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Cut a fleece hexagon that is just a bit smaller than the hexagon template. Cut a hexagon from fabric that is about 3/8" larger than the template. Center the fleece on the back of the cotton hexagon.

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Lay the paper template on top of the fleece and baste the hexagon as you normally would.

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Cut out a turtle body from felt, then remove the papers from the hexagon "shells".

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Make a turtle sandwich! Place the felt body in between the shells, with their wrong sides facing.

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Thread a needle with three strands of embroidery floss and stitch around the hexagon with running stitch, hiding the knots between the shell layers.

Turtle Screen Cleaner
Turtle Screen Cleaner

Can I just tell you that it felt very strange to make something like this and not put a face on it? It did. And yet, no face seemed like the right choice for this one.

Turtle Screen Cleaner

Now this turtle is ready to rub his belly all over the screen and clean it up for you!

Turtle Screen Cleaner

And now that I've made this little guy, I do believe that I need to make more screen cleaners, or maybe some other little critters that use fleece hexagons. They are just too fun, too soft, and too cute!

38 comments:

  1. It's soooo cut and lovely. Thank you for sharing :)

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  2. How cute is this?! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. c'est tellement adorable !

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  4. oh my goodness! i love love love love love this!! what a great idea!

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  5. Your turtle is soo sweet. Now I need to ask my Mom if she'll make me one for my birthday :)
    You just made my day thanks for sharing :)
    Jessa

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  6. This is adorable - thanks for the tutorial! I can think of several people that I could make these for...nobody likes a smudgy screen.

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  7. Such a brilliant idea! I love this!

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  8. This is a fantastic idea!

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  9. He is SOOO cute!! I need one for my tablet. It seems that Kettle chips make for a smudgy iPad screen. I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-turtle-tablet-screen-cleaner/2014/06/12/
    --Anne

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  10. Love these as I do all your projects! Dad might need one and everyone else!

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  11. Really cute, and so simple. Hope your dad likes it!

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  12. Such a great idea lol

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  13. I'm so excited by your fleece hexie. I've wanted to make some! Off to experiment.

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  14. Very cute! Would a microfiber belly work as well... although it is not as 'fluffy'. It may need padding.

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    1. Microfiber probably would work! You could either add batting to that layer, or fatten up the turtle with stuffing!

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  15. Aks everyone! I'm so glad that my turtley friend is loved!

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  16. This is adorable can't wait to make these for my friends Thanks

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  17. Oh my goodness, you are the most clever-est person! This is *adorable*!

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  18. Super cute, super clever and such a perfect 'dad' kind of gift. You're a genius! x

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  19. So lovely, my daughter will love it! Thanks a lot :)

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  20. Ohhh so cute and clever. Would be great for the kids as well.

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  21. Awww this is too cute!!! Maybe I'll make a mini version of it and use it both as a phone strap and screen cleaner! Thank you so much for the inspiration :)

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  22. Oh how cute, and you know what you can make the bottom. "shell" out of the micro fabic cloth that most of us use for the screens to be cleaned, and still be as cute as can be. Well I am off to make a few "turtles" to clean a few screens......

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    1. I need to get some microfiber now!

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  23. This is so, so cute! I can tell you for certain, though, that my dad would never use this. I would though :)

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    1. My dad is an artist and loves quirky things. He also cleans his tablet screen way more than I do! Your could also make this without the turtle body layer for a more basic version.

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  24. That is so clever!

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  25. Gorgeous, thank you for sharing.

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  26. What a fun little project! So doable, thank you for sharing the directions.

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  27. This is darling!! I am doing like 5 swaps rightow and looking for little trinkets to include and this is absolutely perfect!!

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  28. This is a great idea. I love it!!!

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  29. How fantastic is this?! Definitely need to make one, or more.. great for pressies :-)

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  32. this is so cute, my grandkids would love it. Now, I just need to find a turtle shape or even just an outline for the turtle, I am not one that can draw. LOL!!

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    1. If you download the PDF, there's a template you can use...then you don't need to draw it yourself!

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