Woven envelope iPad sleeve

Wow, so I haven’t blogged since March! I make no apologies, I knew that would probably happen towards the end of the semester! Since then I’ve had a great family trip for Easter with Becs and her new fiancé, enjoyed our engagement party (future FIL wrote us a song – view a video snippet here!) AND got through end of semester exams successfully! Now its the holidays again, so I have more time to post about my crafty side.  Expect more regular posts over the next couple of weeks!

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At the start of the year a friend posted an idea on Facebook:

“Pay it forward in 2012 … I promise to make something handmade for the 1st 5 people who comment below. The rules are: 1) They must also post this status & make something for the 1st 5 people who post comments on their status; (please remember to tag me in a the post, or comment so I know that you’ve done it!) and 2) it must be made and received before the end of 2012”

I thought I would join in, because for some reason I THOUGHT I would have time for it…  I had three replies to my comment, and over Easter I finally finished the first of the projects! This was by special request; the recipient got a new iPad and wanted a nice padded cover for it.  After searching for some patterns I fell in love with this one for a laptop sleeve.  I had to make some adjustments to get the right size, but that was relatively easy.  Overall it took about a week to make; it was a little time consuming because you have to cable every stitch! The effect is great though, I’ll definitely be using this stitch pattern again.

Woven envelope iPad sleeve

Link to project and pattern on Ravelry

Woven envelope iPad sleeve

Woven envelope iPad sleeve

Woven envelope iPad sleeve

Woven envelope iPad sleeve

Also on the needles:

I recently made a balaclava for fiancé to wear on his new scooter! Just a couple of little finishing touches before its finished, although he’s wearing it already because its so cold.  I’m also still working on his cricket vest (it was supposed to be for this season… oh well, always next season!) – photos to come.

Homemade Laptop Sleeve

Laptop sleeve

I recently got a new laptop – yay! Because I only had a big padded backpack to carry it around in, I started looking around for a slip cover for it, something a bit more compact. Sadly, the stores only had 12-13″ and 15-16″ cases – and my laptop is 14″! Of course, this got my crafty wheels moving, so after much thinking and trial and error I came up with this.

Laptop sleeve

Originally it was just black quilting fabric, but I wanted it a bit more sturdy, so I found this thicker almost felt fabric to cover it with.  Then came the decorating part! I used a couple of quilting pre-cut pieces on the front and the back, with the front one being a little pocket, and embellished that with an iron-on butterfly I got for my birthday (in amongst a whole box of buttons, all hand-picked – talk about lucky me!!).

Laptop sleeve

Laptop sleeve

The part that took the longest was figuring out some way of keeping it closed.  My original idea was some way of folding the top so it wouldn’t need any other closure, but the fabric was too tight for that.  Idea number two was using some magnetic closures I bought a while ago, but I realised they were at my parents house and I was too impatient to wait for them to send it to me! So I went with idea number three – winding string around buttons, like a vintage envelope.  Love it!

Laptop sleeve

Also – it doubles as a mat for when its sitting on my lap, because it gets pretty hot.

Laptop sleeve

I really love the black stitching on the cream fabric, it adds to the vintage feel of it.  The only other thing I would do to it is find some kind of binding for the sides, so the quilting doesn’t show, but in the meantime it works!