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« on: October 23, 2011 02:16:21 PM »

Earlier this fall I got a new laptop. There was much rejoicing and rejoicing always calls for some crafty fun with fabric. In an effort to protect my new technological treasure I put together this laptop sleeve.



I didn't use a pattern. I didn't take pictures of the process, unfortunately, but I will describe for you what I did. All I did was measure the dimensions of my laptop, calculated the width and length of fabric strips necessary to cover it, and I added about half an inch to that measurement. I sewed the strips together to form the "front," or visible portion of the sleeve which looked like a giant rectangle. For the interior, I cut from a brown fabric remnant a rectangle about 2" bigger around than the front. I layered the two sides with fuss-boo batting (btw, I have had little success using fusi-boo as directed--it never fuses for me and I wind up using copious amounts of safety pins anyway. I probably won't buy it again) and quilted it. For quilting I did stitch in the ditch and outlined rough squares around certain butterflies so they have a stamp effect. After I folded over the brown interior fabric to cover the batting and bind off, the piece basically looked like a table runner---one long quilted rectangle with brown binding. I wrapped the quilted piece around my laptop and marked the folds to see where I wanted to stitch the side seams. Then, with the interior (brown in this case) fabric facing out, I sewed the side seams as I had marked them. I made sure to reinforce the corners. I turned the sleeve, which looks like an envelope, right-side out so I could see the butterflies and voila! It was almost done. I added self-adhesive velcro circles to the edge of the flap for closure plus buttons from my stash for decoration. Unfortunately, the adhesive prevented my hand sewing the velcro circles down (I ruined three needles trying) but it wasn't strong enough to last. I'm going to reinforce the circles with tacky glue. Hopefully that works. Even without the velcro, my laptop sleeve does the job of protecting my machine from insult & injury--plus it makes me smile, which is just as important.  Smiley

I liked the color combination so much that I used extra fabric strips to make a mini-version for my much loved and very beat up point-and-click digital camera.



I used the method described above basically. The camera sleeve is a little on the baggy side but that works great for carrying extra batteries and memory cards.

C&C welcome. Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2011 06:57:14 PM »

Love it! that fabric is gorgeous!! i need one for my laptop too
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011 12:47:45 PM »

Love it! that fabric is gorgeous!! i need one for my laptop too

Thank you, super_crayola! I'm glad you like it. It was really easy to make. I've been thinking of making another one; if I do I'll try to take more pictures for a formal tutorial.

The central butterfly fabric is part of the "Nature's Poetry," line from Robert Kaufman fabrics. The purple fabric is a blender from M'Liss fabrics for Hancock's Fabrics. I don't know what line the other fabric came from, it was a fat quarter purchase from my favorite independent quilt store.  Thanks again for the compliment!  Smiley
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