Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sew Liberated laptop bag

I bought a copy of this super fun book the other day and found (among it's great patterns) something perfect to make this week. A laptop bag. Not a boring ordinary one, either. It's pretty and was fun and easy to make. You should make one too, friends. Your laptop is sad without a pretty bag to ride in.
I think I will make more things from book. It's good for using up bits and pieces that are not enough for something on thier own, but enough for embellishing and that's what this book is all about. Sewing useful things and making them unique. I managed to make this entire bag out of things I had in my sewing closet. It's fun to see what I can whip up for no cost. Well, except the cost of the book but that's minimal considering how many nice projects are in it.

I spent some time yesterday afternoon doing the hand embroiderey. It's time consuming but well worth it.
 The bag is padded in front and back to cushion the laptop.
 There is a little flaw/pucker on the front because I didn't use a walking foot. My Kenmore didn't even want to look at the layers in this bag so I used my trusty vintage machine. No walking foot there, but it's a small sacrifice. The flap covers the pucker anyhow. The red strip is the top of a document pocket.
 The printed fabric of the birds and the lining is leftover from an ice cream dress I made last summer. I used every shred of it.
 French knots adorn the tree. At first I was just going to make the simple bag, but I am glad I decided to do the whole embellishing thing. I love it! It's truly not just an ordinary laptop bag now.

Thanks for looking!


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