How to Make a Patchwork Laptop Casecomments (17) September 16th, 2014
A laptop bag is a must for protecting your computer, but who says that "practical" has to mean "boring"? Why not make a vibrant, colorful patchwork bag with a pretty button closure? Fat quarter packs are your best option for this project, especially because they often contain various prints and solids in the same color family. Or, you could use smaller scraps from your sewing stash.
I recommend walking feet for all machine-quilting projects because they step over batting and fabric with ease. But if you don't have one, a standard presser foot will do.
What You'll Need:
Cotton batting, such as
Warm 'n Soft
Cotton fabrics, a variety of prints and solids
Iron and ironing board
Optional: Walking foot
Prep your fabrics
The amount of fabric you need depends on the size of your laptop. Measure carefully to ensure a good fit.
1. Measure the length and width of your laptop. To calculate the amount of fabric you'll need for the bag: add 2 inches to the width, double the length, and add 8 inches for the flap so it will accommodate the laptop's depth.
2. Cut the lining and batting. Cut one piece of lining fabric and one piece of batting to the measurements calculated in step 1.
3. Cut the fabric. Cut your selected fabrics into strips of various widths to the length calculated in step 1. The strips should total the width measurement plus 1⁄4-inch seam allowance on both long sides of each step.
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