Monday, July 11, 2011

A fancy new laptop cover for my spiffy new laptop!

I had such a great weekend!  My friend Sandie (she has a brand new blog by the way...) and I hung out at her house while her husband and daughter were out of town! It was a wonderful retreat with crafting, chick flicks and pizza for 24 hours!!

I had really wanted to make a carrying case for my new laptop, so I gathered all my goodies and away I went.
The bottom half  was a piece of matlesse' that I had in my stash. I quilted the top half and the flap using a diamond pattern. I also quilted the strap by layering it with quilt batting and sewing channels down the strap. I added D rings on the sides of the cover to attach the handle when I need to.
The inside,  has Velco to secure the flap. I love how the cover has little bits of purple in the flowers to compliment the laptop color.

I made a little pouch to tie on to one of the D-rings. It holds my ear plugs for when I need them.


But my favorite part, was making the embellishment. I made it so it Velro's on and can removed when the cover needs to be washed. (It is mostly white after all.) I used Tim Holts grungeboard for the wings, the tag and the back of the piece. The wings are covered with Tim Holtz's crackle paint in white and then antiqued. The crown has gold and silver glitter mixed together. For my name tag I printed my name on some fabric paper and died the edges with coffee. Then I covered the grungboard tag with a scrap of fabric and used rhinestone brad fasteners to attach the wings.
I'm really happy with the the way it came out. I can't wait to travel with it to Minnesota for The Creative Connection Event in September!!

See you all on Friday for the Where Bloggers Create party!!!


49 comments:

Jem said...

I love the florals on the fabric and the personalised embellishment is so beautiful :-)

Jem xXx

Jem said...

I love the florals on the fabric and the personalised embellishment is so beautiful :-)

Jem xXx

Sandra Kaye said...

I had a super time hanging out with you!!!! Your computer bag turned out awesome!! Hey, quess what? I finished my purse. We need to hang out more often. We got two great bags out of the deal!! (squish) love ya! Sandie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your laptop bag is beautiful, Karen! Love the fabrics you used and how you did your name! It sounds like you had a fun and relaxing day with your friend.

helen tilston said...

Quite a productine weekend, great work
Love how original it is
Helen

Vintage Green said...

Wow!! What a great bag!!

I can't wait! I have a sticky note on my computer to remind me to come and check out everyones
wonderful creative space!!
So glad you host this......
Thanks!

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Karen,
You make some great bags girl! I have been thinking of making a cover for my sewing machine similar to this. Also love the pics of your living room & the letter project. What a cute little elf you were.
Lisa

Rebecca said...

Oh how sweet is that and all that fun to go with it. Are you loving your new laptop?
Blessings
Rebecca

Helena White said...

♥ A one of a kind laptop ♥♥♥ Lovely Karen!

oldgreymare said...

Terrific and useful and beautiful and it harbors the memories of a lovely day spent with a good friend.

It will now have a magical spell to keep all computer glitches away! <3
xx
z

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Beautiful and very stylish karen! I'm glad you had a chance to have a fun weekend and do something creative just for your self for a change! Hugs sweet girl, Marilou

Cindy said...

That is the cutest thing ever! I love it! The way you put it all together and the colors you used are soooo pretty, and coolest of all, it's totally functional. You could probably make and sell these and become a billionaire!

Cindy

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Very cool bag. Especially love the crown and wings. I've gotton my studio cleaned and organized again. I'm now trying to figure out how to down load pictures. I have to keep doing things all the time or I forget. This getting old is for the birds.

c/ya at the party.

cindy g

Dreams and Decor said...

Hi, Karen! I love your beautiful laptop bag! It's so unique! You're so creative! The wings are my favorite part! I wanted you to know I just ordered and downloaded your "Triple B" Book - Building Better Blogs :) Can't wait to get reading! (I need all the help I can get! hee! hee!) Patti in TX

Patty C. said...

Very Creative - Congrats on the new laptop :)

Riki Schumacher said...

Well if that isn't the cutest thing! Love it Karen, talented little one. I get to use my beautiful apron you made me this coming weekend, can't wait! Geat job on your cover, just lovely. Hugs, Riki

Teresa Young said...

That is the most beautiful laptop cover I have ever seen...simply beautiful Karen! xox, Teresa

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Karen, sounds like you had a lot of fun.... I just love your laptop carrying case, it's so pretty.
hugs~~~ Daphne

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Quite beautiful, I wish I was as talented! Sounds like you had a great time xx

Cindy Craine said...

It's way cute girlfriend! OK the challenge is on since we're going to be roommates at creative connection. I must admit I may bedazzle mine a bit more but that's always the case!!! Ii love it!. And it's washable which is good with all those crazy dust storms you've been having!!! Can't wait to see it in person!! xoxo-cin

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Too beautiful by twice! Makes me think my little ACER deserves better than it now has.

Darla said...

Love the romantic look of this case!

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Girlfriend,

Once again, you have created magic! Beautiful job. I've sent Sandi an email asking for help with a quilt project, so thank you for highlighting her talent.

Hugs,
Meri

AshTreeCottage said...

Love it!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Holly said...

This is so wonderful! You should do a tutorial! =0)

Marcia (One Heart) said...

Talk about a gorgeous bag for your laptop, Karen. Simply beautiful.

Glad you enjoyed your girl time. That's always so much fun.

Enjoy a beautiful day.

Charlene said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!! I love this! Did you use your Round Top dollies? Hee Hee. The wings & crown are the "crowning touch". I know you will love using it & what a fun weekend. Chick time is always great times! I got to spend the day with Diane Cook at her Art Group. We had a blast. Can't wait to finish my project to post photos of so you can see it.
HUGS!
Charlene

Sara said...

wow its beautiful, I want one. Hugs Sara

Bonita Jane said...

Charming! Definetly one of a kind laptop case!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

this is absolutely stunning! Thanks for your comments on my blog. We should meet and have tea at the St Paul Hotel or Lady Elegants!

Lucys Baby said...

Love the lap top case. I hear a new tutorial Request.....and its from me.

Lovey said...

Now that's an awesome bag!

xinex said...

This is simply adorable, Karen! Very pretty! I like how you made a little pouch, what a cute idea!...Christine

Mona Kay at Home said...

Oh my goodness, that is just GORGEOUS!!! I knew i was collecting quilted pillow shams for a reason!! :) That is soooome eye candy, that bag!

Dear Lillie said...

This is fabulous! I am your newest follower!

Lois Arnold said...

Wonderful bag! The wheels are turning -- I'm a quilter and I am getting new computer soon. A quilted bag for the new computer. Yep, I need one! Thank you for sharing!

Holly Loves Art said...

Gorgeous Karen! What a treat to get to carry such a pretty laptop cover around instead of those awful black ones! Always love coming here!

I'm working on my draft for my art studio post! So excited. :)

Cheers,
Holly

Lynn Richards said...

Ummmm, yes, PLEASE. This is fabulous! Wishing I had one....
xo
lynn
p.s.
see you friday!

vicki said...

LOVE the bag Karen! Is that a spiffy purple ipad I see there? You will be the hit at the big event with you lovely new bag! Love that you put your name on there too!

Looking forward to the party - although my creative space is a huge mess right now!

xoxo
Vicki

Sarah said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! What a creative idea! I need a carrier for mine but it NEVER occurred to me to make my own! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sarah

Marydon said...

So love the creation. Anyone would be proud to have such a lovely to carry. Such beauties you create ...

Happy PS weekend ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

mercedesscott said...

Such a lovely laptop bag you made... you will be inspired to do all your beautiful blogging... and travel in style! I especially like the tag with your name :)

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Wow! That's gorgeous! I'm afraid I just pop mine into one of my purses and off I go. Hmmm, now my Toshiba netbook is feeling a bit downtrodden. I may just have to add some cute country clipart stickers to him. :) Thanks for the fun inspiration.

mercedesscott said...

I missed signing up for your event... (heard about it a bit late)... but I'm still visiting everyone! how fun! Your space is lovely -- I especially like the color scheme and the ribbon hangars idea! I am addicted to ribbon and they don't seem as pretty on a spool... Off I go to visit some studios! :)

mercedesscott said...

I missed signing up for your event... (heard about it a bit late)... but I'm still visiting everyone! how fun! Your space is lovely -- I especially like the color scheme and the ribbon hangars idea! I am addicted to ribbon and they don't seem as pretty on a spool... Off I go to visit some studios! :)

Eileen said...

It sounds like you had a ball hanging out and crafting. I love the new laptop case. Super cute!

Nancy Ward said...

I posgted a link to this tutorial today.

Nancy Ward
PaperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

Juliet A said...

This is so stunning that I wish I had a tablet just so I could carry it in something like this!

Terry said...

Karen,
Thank you for the answer to my question about the chair. What a fabulous idea! I am going to start looking for the perfect pillowcase today.
Thank you,
Terry

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