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« on: May 07, 2009 07:07:22 PM »

When I taught myself to knit four or five years ago, the first thing I finished knitting was a light brown ribbed scarf. I gave it to my husband, then made him a matching hat, and then...stopped making things for him. For some reason he's just not interested in purses and tote bags. Whatever dude. A few weeks ago I ordered a smallish amount of closed-cell foam. I've been interested in making a laptop sleeve for myself (my husband gave me a fancy new laptop for Christmas and it's a little snug for my old laptop bag), but I can't figure out all the bells and whistles I want my bag to have. The husband has a bag that he likes, but its pocket is unpadded, so I decided to make one for him as practice.

The husband grew up in Minnesota and loves the Twins. The dark blue and dark red vinyl that I keep on hand is pretty close to the Twins' colors. I briefly considered doing a Twins logo cutout for him on the envelope flap, but as this was a guinea pig sleeve and I wasn't entirely sure it would work out okay. I was afraid I'd spend a lot of time on the cutout and then sleeve wouldn't work and I'd have spent all this time on it and WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH A NON-FUNCTIONING TWINS-THEMED LAPTOP SLEEVE?! So I opted for stripes. He like stripes, so it's okay.

I really like the lining of the sleeve. I got the fabric from Ikea. The half-circles are all different sizes as it goes down. I sewed velcro across the top and down the front of the bag for the closure. Closed-cell foam is thick. I got the 1/4" size and there's NO way my sewing machine will go through it. I ended up sewing most of the bag as I usually would, then stuffing the foam in between the vinyl and lining, and then keeping it in place with a little hand stitching. I used a thimble and still wound up with a blister on my thumb.

What do you think?

« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2009 04:31:21 AM »

I think it looks fantastic, and I admire your tenacity in sewing such thick material. I would have given up when the sewing machine did rather than attempt hand-sewing. Well done!

- Jenny
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2009 08:49:16 AM »

Thanks! I seriously considered giving up when I realized I wouldn't be able to sew through all the layers, but I had all this stupid foam and I'd promised my husband the sleeve, so I just soldiered on. =)

« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2009 10:28:43 AM »

Well done for persevering, you did a really good job.
I hope hubbie appreciates the blood, sweat & hand sewing you put into it Grin

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