I like this bag. My daughter told me I should start using fabrics w/different designs in the same color scheme - you did a great job. I like working w/flat quarters also - nothing bulky & easier to manage.
What I've got basically is a quilted piece of fabric, but I used 2 layers of fleece as my batting. Sorry, I prob should've said that from the start. I zig zagged the edges to make it easier to keep together. Now I have to finish the edge (fold it over) so I can insert the lining & sew close like making a regular bag, but the fold has 2 layers of fleece each (making 4 layers). It's really bulky. I might do what auctionclerk suggests, leave the edge unfinished. After that maybe I can somehow finish the edge to make it look nice. Thanks for trying to understand what I'm doing.
I am making a laptop sleeve for my daughter for Christmas. The material is basically cotton w/2 layers of fleece that I quilted together. When I fold over the top 1/4" edge (which has been zig zagged to act as on piece of fabric), it is really bulky. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle the bulk - I would basically be sewing 4 (FOUR) layers of fleece together. It's really bulky. I've tried to steam iron it. I read about pounding the material flat. Maybe I designed it wrong, but I can't go back. I'm at the point of sewing the quilted parts together & have the bulk to deal with. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated - thank you.
I used a 7" zipper & followed the measurements exactly, except, the 1" tab came up too short so I fused a little more to the ends (can't really see what I did). I've been having probs w/the ends - I've tried w/1", 1-1/4" but I think I finally got it.
Once you use a glue stick, it could become your best friend. It is so easy to just tack something in place temporarily (like a zipper or seam). Another good thing is if you need to take out the zipper because of a mistake, it just comes right off. Some glue stays on the fabric, but make sure you get the washable kind & it will wash right out. I use it all the time & I love it! Give it a try, I think you'll like it.