Don’t you just love it when an e-mail drops into your inbox from a friend? Apart from catching up on news there was an enquiry for a laptop case. This provided a perfect excuse to search for laptop case tutorials.
The request for a funky laptop case ha
And here are my picks for ideas, you’ll just have to figure it out how to make them for yourself!
So which is your favourite??
Looking forward to sharing the completed case with you:)
You may remember I showed you this recycled eco bag as one I made for an Etsy team challenge. Today I have decided to share instructions so you can make your own:)
Let’s start at the beginning with the skirt, which measures 44cm waist by 57cm long. It is designed with a lace finish at the bottom of the skirt, with pleats.
I am aiming to complete the bag from the skirt, with a second fabric for lining, in this case using a former cotton duvet cover.
After some thought, I have decided to keep the lace at the bottom, and the pleat which I love. I did debate turning the skirt upside down and having the lace at the top, I decided against this as the lace did not line up neatly if I recreated the pleat at the bottom.
Up-cycling skirt to bag
Remove the waistband and zip, and retain both for reuse when making the bag.
Measure the skirt to work out the options for dimensions. I prefer shoulder straps which are at least 52cm long and 4cm wide, plus seam allowance… my skirt is only 50cm.
Decide on measurements. In this case I have measured in 9cm from the top of the skirt and cut down to enable four strips of fabric 9cm wide to create the straps. I will join two pieces together to create long enough straps. If the skirt is longer you will only need two pieces of fabric 9cm wide.
Create the shoulder straps. Cut your fabric .If necessary join the pieces to together to create two pieces of fabric 55cm by 9cm. Iron on interfacing 53cm by 8cm to each piece: this will strengthen the straps.
Fold the fabric in half and fold in the seams (1cm seam allowance).
Stitch both sides of the straps, to add strength.
Cut the remaining fabric into two equal sized pieces of fabric, remembering to allow seam allowance, to create the body of your bag. I cut off some of the depth from the top of main body of the skirt to create two pieces of fabric.
Add any decoration you wish. I have added an appliquéd butterfly. Firstly I researched appliqué images on line, and then sketched out a design. I then traced this onto the paper side of bondaweb. Then I ironed the bondaweb onto appliqué fabric, and cut out desired shape, placed onto bag, and ironed on. I used a tight zigzag stitch stitch around all raw edges.
Sew up the three seams, right side together, leaving the fourth seam along the top open, creating the main body of the bag. Finish the seams as you like (I suggest a zigzag stitch on the raw edges).
Cut fabric the same size as the bag fabric, allowing a seam allowance. Due to the pleat in the bag I have cut my fabric to the width at the top, and width at the bottom, so that I do not have pleats and pockets on the lining to contend with.
If you would like internal pockets create them now. In this bag I have included a simple pocket. Hem a piece of fabric to the size of required pocket. Place on the fabric (I always measure to ensure it is in the middle of the bag and parallel to the top of the bag). Sew around the three pocket sides, with the fourth seam left open as the opening to the pocket at the top.
Joining all parts of the bag together:
Measure the waistband to fit the main body of the bag.
Insert magnetic clasp into the middle of each side of the waistband
Measuring from the centre unpick part of the waistband seam to insert the strap. I unpick 5cm of the waistband per strap equa distance from the magnetic clasp. On this bag the straps have 18cm between them (the clasp in the middle at 9cm)
Place the lining inside the bag, wrong sides together. Pin and tack the lining and the body of the bag along the top.
Tack the right side of the waistband onto the top of the bag, right sides together.
Sew the waist band on
Stitch the two sides of the waistband together.
Finally stitch the other side of the waistband on the inside of the bag, tucking the seam allowance into the waistband. I always tack this first too 🙂
Brilliant and congratulations one finished upcycled bag 🙂
As usual I have linked in with Handmade Monday, please do pop by and see what other people have been making:)
Last week I was sharing the inspiration my friends flower corsage provoked. She advised me it had been made on a course, and involved two washer taps and three metres of homemade fabric ribbon. Here’s my version of the scrap fabric flower tutorial.
This week I have visiting various DIY store to try and find large washer taps.. the result was one 1/2″ and one 1 1/4″ .
Three meters of fabric ribbon were created with a variety of strips of fabric, including transparent sparkly fabrics. The pieces of fabric are cut to approx 1 cm wide (various lengths) and stitched together with a zigzag stitch. If you have crimping scissors you can add a texture to your strips by cutting with them.
Wrap the homemade ribbon around the washer taps. Stitch through the layer in the middle.. Run small stitches round in a circle to ensure you capture each piece.. either by hand or with the sewing machine.
Cut round the edge of your circles through to the washer tap, and remove the washer.
Stitch the two pieces together and attach a suitable button for the middle of your beautiful flower.
I have added a brooch pin to a red fabric flower, and attached to the finished black cord jacket bag:) I appreciate the brooch is not to everyone’s taste as it will fray.. I think this is part of the beauty of it but it is not for neat freaks, no offence meant:)