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Topic: Feminist-y quilted/appliqued laptop sleeve!  (Read 648 times)
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« on: August 24, 2008 11:23:54 PM »

So I was thinking about buying a little skin for my laptop to stop the cover scratching more. And I found out those are thirty dollars or more! So I said to myself, self, you sew! Self, you have a crapton of extra fabric hanging around, just make one! So I did- winging it. Unfortunately I didn't document the construction, but I'll summarize. It was really easy.

I have a Dell Inspiron E1505, so it's rather large, and I was scared to make one too small, so I cut out two rectangles each of my outer fabric (a quilter's cotton), my inner fabric (a fuzzy polyester), and quilt batting, each 3-4 inches bigger on either side than my laptop's measurements. I was taking no chances!  Wink I sewed the quilter's cotton to the interfacing, and then sewed that to the lining, right sides together, for both sides of the sleeve. I then quilted stripes onto them, which makes it easier to pin together, anyway. Trim as you go. Then I put those cotton sides together and sewed on three sides (the side I left clear was the one that already had a seam). Turn it inside out and ta da! It was huge for my laptop when I finished but making it smaller was easy. If you wanted you could get fancier so you don't have raw seam edges inside but they kind of cushion the sides and bottom of the computer so I left them. I then thought it was kind of plain so I appliqued (my new craft love!!!) a Venus symbol on it. Onto the pics!

The sleeve, sans computer:

Lining shot:

Computer in sleeve!:

All in all, I'm very satisfied, considering I winged it in a couple hours in the middle of the night!
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