Sunday, April 17, 2011

i finally made a laptop carrier

This project has been in the back of my mind for some time. Almost two years, to be exact.
My beloved laptop has been carried around in a bulky carrier. One that came inside a bag I got on super sale at Staples. It was cumbersome and not so cute, really.
I honestly don't know what took me so long. Especially since this is a pretty quick project. (And, because I love my computer so much.) A project that can be made in an afternoon. Or an evening. Or a morning.
I purchased a walking foot a while ago which was very useful for this project since you are sewing through a lot of layers. The outside fabric was something I purchased from Leslie back when she had her goodness shop. (Oh, how I miss that shop.)
For the lining fabric, I used an old flannel swaddle blanket. Yep. All three kids were swaddled in that blanket starting with Charlie. Love that.
Can you see the tip of my thumb? I was trying on colors for my toes. It was down to purple or navy. After much thought and consideration (numerous texts to my sister) I went with the blue. It makes me so happy to look at my toes. I think it's true, yoga-ta get this blue!

34 comments:

TD wool design said...

this is great leslie! i should really do this. i ususally have to borrow one of the girls.
love the blue. it's nice to see the toes again!

Kara said...

I LOVE the huge polka dots.

Susie said...

Love the colors both inside and out! Makes me wish I could sew.

Kat said...

That is gorgeous! I love the pattern and the sentimental factor of the blanket you used. Nice touch!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Great carrier, I love that it is lined with a swaddle blankets all your babes were wrapped in!!

My Love is..... said...

oh I miss more lap top even more now. well done on this cute project!

kim said...

I am always smitten by polka dots. This is so cute!

Pomegranategrl said...

That is fantastic! How creative to use the swaddling blankets- that's perfect!

Kristen said...

Stylish! (and don't you love OPI names?)

seashoreknits said...

I have that same fabric! In two different colorways! Also from Leslie's goodness shop. And yes, I miss it too!!! wah
I just love this, Leslie. And the swaddling blanket for the lining? That's my favorite part :)

3 M's and 1 N said...

ha! love the nail polish- and yep :), I did notice. I have a dark purple much like the one you have and I love it- super fun to have on.

Nice work on the carrier. The flannel that carried your babies, will not carry your laptop- cute.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Awesome laptop carrier. I have a nice new color on my toes too. It's the little things...

Suzanne said...
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Suzanne said...

I'm still carrying mine in a big old ugly black bag but for now it will have to suffice as my to do list is so long. Yours is perfectly wonderful especially with the swaddle blanket inside.

ali said...

leslie, this is so lovely! and i love that you used a swaddling blanket for the inside...i've got lots of swaddling blankets that i've been wanting to do something with so that i can see them every day, instead of forgetting about them in a box somewhere...i was thinking a little quilt or something...but you know, a laptop cover is definitely something that really is used every single day...what a genius idea + so creative!

Maryse said...

Blue toes! That seems pretty cool! Love your laptop carrier!

Janet B said...

What timing! I just got my new laptop today and was going to begin looking for a cute sleeve. Thanks for the link!

Jo @ a life in lists said...

I love sewing with fabrics with sentimental value! I just made number two son a cot sheet out of the worn remains of one of my old flannel bedsheets, and it pleases me so much :)

lovestitch said...

Oh it's awesome! Love your beautiful fabric too! Thanks for the pattern! x

sapphireblue said...

Very pretty!!

wayside wanderer said...

Great colors and I love that the lining is a soft blankie from the past.

mle said...

What a lovely laptop case! the fabric is so unique. Love it!

ColorSlut said...

Lovely. Just lovely!

house on hill road said...

ok. i love that you text your sister to ask about toenail color!
and cute, cute laptop bag. i need to do that!

stitching under oaks said...

What a great laptop cover! It's perfect for toting around your laptop...love the fabric that you chose..and love the polish too! Have a great week.

Kristyn said...

Love the cover. I really wish I could sew.

Ally Johnston said...

It's great when you finally cross something off the list, just so many more take its place

Kristyn Knits said...

what a wonderful project! I love Oh, Fransson projects! I love that you used the baby blanket inside...perfect! I was just testing colors yesterday in T! My thumb was striped in purples. I couldn't decide, so I didn't purchase. I didn't even consider navy blue!! have fun this week!!

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Lisa Clarke said...

I've had this on my list forever, too. Maybe you've inspired me to actually do it - carrying the poor thing around in a tote bag is not really the best choice!

lucy said...

Swanky I say! Enjoy the beach!

Dark Rose Knits said...

That has to be the cutest laptop carrier I have ever seen. I really need to pick up sewing again. It's been so long...Hope it's like riding a bike. :) Plus I have an over abundance of receiving blankets from my little ones that are no longer being used.

molly said...

i really need to make me one of these...

Anonymous said...

cute! great idea!