Monday, February 16, 2015

Tote and Chromebook Sleeve

With Quilt Con only a few days away, I have been busy with preparations such as making a sleeve for my HP Chromebook and a new backpack tote.  I splurged and used some of my most favorite fabrics.  Don't you just love those little mice from @lizziehouse?  The sleeve is very simply constructed with minimal straight line quilting along the seams.  I lined it with flannel left over from another project.  It was l looking a little bland until I added a swath of vintage buttons.  I like that they sort of blend in color wise but add an interesting texture and detail.  The top button will be for closing the sleeve once I add a loop.

This is before I added the buttons.

The sleeve coordinates perfectly with this backpack tote.   I figure I will need to have a bag for carrying around my notebook and class supplies ans this little back will be perfect.  Although I did not use the pattern, this bag is very similar to Joan Hawley's Chelsea Backpack Tote (Lazy Girl Designs).  I watched her YouTube tutorial for assembly and with a rough idea of the dimensions I just dove in and made it!  I modified it a bit and placed a welt pocket on the front instead of a patch pocket.    The fabrics are Dear Stella and Lizzie House  - divine!

Front View

Back View  - with the ingenious zippered strap that coverts the tote from a shoulder bag to a backpack.

Inside view with pockets for organizing.
If I made this again I think I would use something more sturdy to hold the shape of the bag instead of the batting called for in the pattern - like Peltex for example.  It was fun to make and I can't wait to load it up for Quilt Con!


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