Thursday, January 7, 2010

One Yard Wonders - Laptop Sleeve

My Doug got me the One Yard Wonders book for Christmas this year. I couldn’t believe he picked it out all on his own… really… I didn’t even leave the laptop open with the amazon page pulled up, mention it loudly to a friend on the phone, or anything!

I spent a couple hours curled up with it and my sticky flags (something about those colorful little flags make a book look serious) marking all the projects I wanted to do. It should provide plenty of blog material in the weeks to come. Without further ado, the laptop sleeve:

One of the things I love about this book is that even though it’s called One Yard Wonders, several of the projects don’t actually require a full yard of fabric… especially if you’re resourceful. I had that yummy import fabric with the scooters left over from a craft apron I made, but not a full yard of it. So, instead of lining the sleeve in the same fabric as the outside, as the book suggests, I used an orange felt (left over from the glowing pumpkin Halloween bag I made) for the lining. I quilted the scooter fabric, bamboo batting, and felt together with a dark invisible thread. The book has instructions and a pattern to add a cutsie little wiener dog applique to the flap, but I thought the fabric and the quilting made the sleeve as “busy” as I’d like, and decided to omit it. I'm sure the appliqué would have given the flap a finished feel/look, but without it, I’m not in love with the way the flap is. If you decide to make this one for yourself, my suggestion is to at least top stitch the flap… maybe even quilting in the opposite direction as the body of the sleeve would be nice.

Next up is the beach towel bag made with a décor weight IKEA fabric. Stay tuned!

5 comments:

Silje said...

That laptop sleev is so cool, love the fabric.

Athena's Armoury said...

Love the fabric. Love the sleeve. Damn girl, you've been busy lately!

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