well i leave for penland tomorrow at a very early time. i have had many ambitious goals of getting things done beforehand, and surprisingly have done almost all of them. one in particular was to make a padded sleeve for my laptop, which i am bringing with me. i looked on the internet for patterns and found this set of instructions on the sew mama sew blog. so before i left for maryland i went to the fabric store to buy fuseable fleece and velcro, i figured i would use fabric that i had on hand for the rest of it. i was going to use some striped upholstery weight fabric, but patrick convinced me that it was too boring. so i found an old rice bag and he approved of that! it was colorful and would be somewhat water resistant.
it was a really simple construction comprising of three layers and a simple flap and velcro closure. it took me under an hour to put together after the pieces were all cut. i brought the cut pieces with me to maryland and used my mom’s sewing machine to work on it. i got through all three layers with a number 14 needle and regular thread. i was very happy with how it came out, and i was really excited about the lining fabric, as i had picked up a remanant very recently.
it is a little snug inside, but i think it will stretch the more i use it. i think next time i will add a pull tab at the bottom to help pull the case off, a handle and an outside pocket to put your cords. but overall it was really simple!! i think i will add those additions to the one i make for patrick.