It's amazing to think that Velcro® was first invented in Switzerland way back in 1948! — whoa that's 66 years ago!
Today it's hard to imagine a world without the ingenious stuff and it's familiar satisfying rrrrip. Velcro® fasteners are all around us everyday, even if we don't realise — on clothes, shoes, toys, bikes, in cars, hey...it's probably helping stop the cushions slipping on your sofa at home!
Now a new generation of makers (including loads of sugru-ers!) are embracing the material and finding endless new and inventive ways to use it. So we thought we'd share a few of our favourite projects we've spotted in the community.
1. Protect a camera bag
Clever idea from Sarah, who found a smart way to protect the bottom of her camera bag.
"I cut 20mm pieces of black self adhesive Velcro® strap. (I used the non fluffy bits!) Then I moulded the sugru on top. After the sugru cured I peeled off the square and stuck this to the bottom of the bag on the outside".
2. Add a Velcro® cable-tidy to earphones
"The rubber coating on Hamish's iPhone headphones was starting to come off, and I recognised from past experience that the jack was also about to go! While reinforcing both of these I also added a piece of double-sided Velcro® so I'd have an integrated cable-tie!" — solved two problems in one!
Clare (inventor of the Trabasack) has a disability that means it's difficult for her to hold her phone. We met her at the 'Enabled by Design' event at the Design Museum in London, where she hacked this handle from Velcro® fastener and wire and used sugru to coat the wire — this is just brilliant!
4. Add Velcro® fasteners to your vacuum cleaner
Stephen used sugru and Velcro® pads to improve the design of his new vacuum.
"The is to a new 'Charles' vacuum cleaner (a wet and dry 'Henry vacuum') which had no easy way of reeling the cable and no-where to store the nozzle and brush fittings. So I added some sugru 'ears' to wind the cable below which keeps it tidy and out of the way of the air vents. I then added a Velcro® pad to the plug and the body to keep the plug in one place. The nozzles have the same Velcro® pads. I guess these could have been done with double sided adhesive, but building the round nozzle up to a flat surface with sugru makes it work better."
5. Attach a Velcro® clasp (no sewing needed!)
Penelope loves using these fasteners on things, but it can sometimes rip off or get sticky if she glues it on. So she came up with this clever little idea.
"With a thin snake of sugru all around the outside, it holds tight, yet is thin enough to let the hairs of the Velcro® continue to work. Especially handy if it's something you can't sew the Velcro onto."
6. Make a Wacom pen mount
Kirk has a narrow desk and his Wacom pen always manages to end up somewhere behind his Cintiq! (annoying)
"Velcro® by itself didn't work because the pen holder is round. But with a couple of sugru wedges between the Velcro® and the pen holder works a treat." — sugru works great for things like this as it is essentially a 3D glue (that you can touch!).
7. Add a GPS antenna to a multicopter
Sakis flexible grippy feet using yellow and blue sugru and bonded LEGO parts to Velcro® fasteners using blue sugru to make a detachable - repairable GPS antenna base.
8. Stop your laptop cable falling out
Most people will understand the frustration of a laptop cable falling out. Annette came up with a clever solution by attaching a piece of Velcro® with a hole punched in to the charging port, then the other side of the Velcro® was attached around the charging socket of the laptop. Genius!
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