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Olive Laptop Tote w/ Beaded Zipper Pull

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Finished Olive Laptop Tote

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Hipster, Classic, Traditional, Casual
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What materials did you use? 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.

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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.

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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.

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You have such amazing discipline! The morning cleanup followed by afternoon mess sounds so very familiar. If I lived in an old house I would definitely want to know its history & nothing is quite as educational or enjoyable as a good piece of research.

02/11/2013 Flag

Another great one. A lot of laptop bags look a bit flimsy or masculine, but the fabric gives the bag strength. The color and details feminize the bag. Great job.

02/12/2013 Flag

Hi TanjaH. I agree with you, the fabric gives the bag some strength and shape. I'm glad to hear you find this laptop bag feminine. I wasn't sure how it would come across. Have fun sewing today!

02/12/2013 Flag

2strings. Have you ever tried sewing on a treadle sewing machine? Wouldn't that be too much fun?

02/12/2013 Flag

I used a treadle exclusively from 1967 - 1978. It was inherited from my husband's grandmother and it was a fabulous machine. Sewed beautifully on everything from silk to denim. Loved it dearly! Loved the exercise, too.

02/14/2013 Flag