Earlier in the year I made Helen a laptop sleeve from remnants left from her black and white quilt, I’m pleased to say she really likes it, in fact her best friend wants one too! Her best friend happens to be my god-daughter too so I often make her something for Christmas, when she was little I made pretty little dresses, so they are used to getting handmade presents from me. Now she’s 18 years old it’s not so easy, but this year she has put in a polite request for a laptop sleeve.
I was told that her laptop fits in Helen’s sleeve, so please make it just like that one! Unfortunately the pattern I follow uses the laptop measurements and adds an inch…and Helen’s laptop is in the menders!! ‘Just make it the same as mine’ says Helen! I wasn’t that enamoured with the plan, but I duly measured Helen’s sleeve and added a seam allowance. What concerned me was how much width is lost purely through the bulk of the fabric…
The phrase ‘just like Helen’s’ also included the stripes and bands of different fabrics, which I’d only done in the first place because none of the remnants were big enough! Rachel likes purple (she’s got good taste like her god-mother!) I found three purple batik fabrics and a plain dark purple in my stash which met with Helen’s approval.
I cut 5 1/2″ strips from the batiks and 1 1/2″ strips from the purple. Having made up the front and back pieces I sandwiched it with some batting and some spare cotton at the back. I had a blue/green variegated quilting thread left over from another project so I used that to stitch a meandering stipple pattern all over the front and back. It was a chance to try out my new quilting gloves I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show last weekend, it does make it easier!
I remembered that last time I added an extra layer of battinng to really protect the laptop, so I just used spray adhesive to baste the extra layer.
Once the quilting was complete it was just a matter of following the instructions. The pattern is from Sew Mama Sew, it’s designed by Elizabeth of ‘Oh Fransson’ and it’s very straight forward, she tells you how to measure your computer to get it to fit snugly. The pattern has a Velcro fastening but as Helens had a button and loop fastening I thought I’d better do the same. I found some blue/purple shot taffeta type fabric which matched nicely for the lining. It was another project where quilting clips came in very useful, as couldn’t have got a pin through all the layers! I used a walking foot for the construction and my sewing machine coped really well with the layers.
All I’ve got to do now is stitch a button on, however we hit a potential problem…it’s half an inch smaller than Helen’s!!! This is what concerned me about not having the laptop to measure! I’ve tried my OH’s laptop in it and it fit’s snugly, I seem to recall Helen’s was quite a loose fit. Anyway Helen is taking it for a sneaky try on, so I’m hoping it fit’s nicely, otherwise it will be a WOMBAT, a Waste Of Money, Batting And Time!!!
Fingers crossed it will be ok, as I really like it, it’s come together nicely.