So, I made myself a laptop case! This is totally thanks to readers, Kathryn and Miriana, who suggested I follow the Sew Mama Sew tutorial.
What an awesome tutorial it is. The reader is gently encouraged to check dimensions, and double check key steps before proceeding – without being made to feel like a total fool.
Long-term readers will know that my relationship with numbers is heinously bad. (Just don’t ask me to fill out an expenses form!) So working out the dimensions for this was scary. Yet, somehow I pulled it off. I know – can you believe it? My laptop actually fits inside its new case. This feels like progress, people.
The main fabric and flannel lining are both from The Village Haberdashery – a truly awesome site. I was worried about the Flock In The Sky Nursery Flannel lining being too twee for a woman of my years, but it’s gorgeous and snugly soft for my laptop. I just wish I’d thought my cutting out a bit better, so that the wee birdies don’t sit side on. But, hey – I’m not gonna lose any sleep over it!
I was inspired to buy the main fabric – Geocentric Circles In Turquoise – after seeing Handmade Jane’s bag, made with a gift from Annie of The Village Haberdashery. May I take this moment to big up The Village Haberdashery’s engagement with the blogging community? Yes, Annie is running a business, and yes, her contact with us has been to drive business. But she has been charming, sincere, proactive and imaginative. She has a genuine passion for her product and blogging, and an online business to be admired. I wish more retailers could follow her example.
I bought half a metre of each fabric, plus a packet of fusible fleece. Along with postage, my make came to £22.75. This felt much better than spending £35 on the ugly black case I’d seen in Heathrow airport!
I absolutely love my new case. My laptop is snug as a bug in a rug, and can travel safely with me now. Plus, there’s enough fabric left over to sew something else – another little make-up bag? Hmmmm. A girl can never have too many self-sewn make-up bags…