Type of item: Accessory
Style: Hipster, Traditional, Classic, Casual
Soft Olive upsholtery fabric, with free motion quilted olive microsuede interior. Handmade beads and store bought beads for twin zipper pulls. Box construction, padded floor, long straps to wear cross body.
What was your inspiration?
I spend considerable time looking for soft upholstery fabric. Sometimes, there's more to it . . . when I find an appealing fabric like this small checked pattern. I love this olive/navy blue fabric. Olive is dominate, and the navy quite subtle.
Box construction takes time. Free motion quilting takes time. Twin zipper pulls add function. I use a 22"-24" zipper for laptops totes. These totes take me 2-3 days to build.
I take my time . . . thinking about the order of construction steps, and occasionally I goof and have to rip something out. I'm always surprised when I stick myself with pins, especially when working with thicker upholstery fabric. When that happens its always good to stop and take time for a cup of tea.
What are you most proud of?
I'm going to make box construction laptop totes until the cows come home. I just like to make them.
I work in the studio a couple of days, then a couple of days I work on the wall repairs in the stairwell of our old Victorian. Other days, I do research on house histories/genealogy for others who have old houses like us. But, everyday I make sure I have a job to do and can see progress.
My studio: In the winter months while waiting for the temperature to rise in the studio I sweep the floor from the previous day's monster sewing mess. I put everything away. Then I spend the rest of the day making it a mess again.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make a mess in your sewing room. Post your progress on Crafsty! I love looking at your work, and sharing ideas.