Thursday, April 4, 2013
The laptop is for the days we'll be working in a virtual office. I didn't need a fully padded laptop bag, like the one I made for my own laptop. I take a tote bag to work to bring in odds and ends and my lunch. The laptop will easily fit in that. I just want something to keep it clean and dry and a place to store a few pens so I don't have to search for them at the bottom of the tote.
I dug through my fabric drawers and found scrap material from some grocery bags I made a couple of years ago and the leftover heavy blue material used to reupholstering my love seat (check out Be Seated Now). Excellent! I love doing quick scrappy projects.
I measured the laptop, added 1/2" seam allowances, and another 1/2" for the heck of it, and cut two 34x13.5" strips. This allowed for sewing the sides together and an additional 4" for the flap. I cut another piece for the strange not-quite-rectangular pocket on the front and stitched the sides together. I encountered some trouble sewing the lining to the outside of the sleeve, which is where my last laptop bag ran into issues. But I had enough outside material to fold it over the lining and stitch it all down, so it worked. Then I slapped on some velcro and voila! Laptop sleeve.
I happened to waterproof a pair of hiking boots over the weekend, so when I finished the boots, I hit this bag with a couple of layers of waterproofing. That should do the trick - my laptop should stay clean and dry. If my lunch decides to leak, I won't ruin the laptop (unlike the fate of my previous cell phone).