My trust computer bag breathed it’s last breath and I’ve been carrying it in a big ole tote bag not really intended for that purpose. Thanks to my local library worker I had my hands on a quilting book with a cute laptop sleeve and computer case pattern. Being the impatient person that I am I couldn’t wait to get the long zipper needed for the case so I decided to make the quilted laptop sleeve with materials from my stash.
Initially I had decided to use quilting cotton. Then I saw these denim jeans in my stash that were initially purchased to make a rag quilt. Check out the safety striping! A perfect fabric for wear and tear of a computer that will be pulled in and out of a case almost daily. I cut away the hem, the top of the jeans, and the side leg flat felled seams to get a flat fabric.
The instructions called for a felt lining to cushion and prevent scratches. Again, I considered using cotton from the stash. Thankfully I remembered the flannel charms used to make my grandbaby a rag quilt. The colors are purple, turquoise, red, white, black, and pink. Perfect to complement the outside dark blue denim fabric of the laptop sleeve. Not to mention whenever I look at it I’ll think about my precious lil one. That was the first rag quilt I had ever made. For now the only rag quilt I’ve made, LOL.
As a quilting newbie I’ll be getting some needed practice on matching corners and proper pressing technique. The quilting is a double diagonal line on the top and vertical double lines on the bottom half of the sleeve. Blue thread was used on one side but I decided I wanted the quilting to stand out and used red thread on the opposite side which did the trick. The pockets of the jeans were stitched to the outside of the sleeve. Get this, I did not cut the pocket away from the jeans so it is really a double pocket. I pinked around the pocket for a decorative effect. On one side the pocket is vertical and the other horizontal as I will be carrying the sleeve both ways.
Denim – thrifted jeans $1.00
Cotton flannel 5″ charms (from previous project)
Thread – free
Batting – free from local thrift shop
The pattern came from Quilt-opedia, Laptop Case – page 175.
My sleeve fits perfectly. I like it. Surely I’ll be making more out of cute fat quarters which the pattern initially called for.
Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012