Blogging. I have been doing it for a little under 5 years now, and have learned a lot along the way. Throughout that journey, there are milestones in the road that bump you up to the next level. I remember when I first started I thought I would have ‘made it’ if I just had 1,000 followers. That was it. That was BIG TIME. I celebrated like it was nobodies business when that goal was reached. Here we are 300,000 monthly page views later – and I can honestly say, nothing was as excited as that first 1,000 followers. My goals just keep getting bigger, my content just keeps getting better (if I do say so myself), and I just find more and more to love about this wonderful world of writing on-line.
But throughout the entire journey, there has been one woman who has cheered me on from the start. One woman who cheers ALL sewing bloggers on, and she goes relatively unnoticed. And today I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to Anne Weaver of Craft Gossip.
Thank you, from the entire on-line sewing and blogging community.
Craft Gossip has been around for as long as I can remember, as have a few other fantastic on-line sites like Sew Mama Sew, Made by Rae, MADE, Angry Chicken and more. But Craft Gossip made it their mission to feature and shine a light on the handmade community. That is their main goal, to feature fantastic content from all over the web. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are as a sewing blogger, if Craft Gossip sees it and likes it – they feature it.
Craft Gossip was one of the first websites to ever feature my work more than 4 years ago, thanks to the Spring Fever dress. And I have been grateful to them ever since. So in honor of Anne Weaver, and the entire team at Craft Gossip – I give you today’s tutorial.
Thank you Craft Gossip.
– Bohemian Tassel Laptop Tote DIY –
- 1 yd Linen Exterior Fabric
- 1 yd Cotton Lining Fabric
- 1.5 yds Mid – Heavyweight Interfacing
- 1 yd Fusibile Fleece
- (2) handles
- 1.5 yds Tassel Trim
- Large Button
- Basic Sewing Essentials
- *Optional – RIT Dye
STEP ONE: Measure the size of your laptop, and cut out the shape of a bag that is at least 3″ larger than your laptop in height, and 2″ larger in width. You may cut larger, especially in the height. but I would not cut the width too much larger otherwise your laptop will be floating around in the bag. Round the bottom corner edges. Use this as your pattern piece.
STEP TWO: Cut the following using your pattern piece –
- (2) Lining
- (2) Mid – Heavyweight Interfacing
- (2) Exterior
- (2) Fusible Fleece
STEP THREE: Following the interfacing instructions, adhere to the wrong side of your lining fabric. Repeat for your fusible fleece and exterior fabric.
STEP FOUR: Now to make the pockets. Take (1) of your Lining pattern pieces and fold in half so that the top meets the bottom. Using this as a pattern piece, cut the following –
- (2) Cotton Lining Pockets on the Fold
- (2) Fusible Fleece Pockets (omitting the fold)
STEP FIVE: Slip (1) fusible fleece inside of your pocket fabric with the fold on top, and press. Sew along the top folded edge to secure.
STEP SIX: Place pocket on top of lining, matching up the bottom rounded edges. Pin in place and baste stitch 1/8″ away from the edge. Repeat for other pocket and lining.
STEP SEVEN: If smaller pockets are desired, sew a straight line from the bottom of your lining piece to the top of your pocket. Only do this on ONE SIDE, otherwise your laptop will not fit into one of your lining pockets.
STEP EIGHT: Place lining pieces right sides together matching up all edges. Pin around the side and bottom edges, leaving a 5″ opening for turning. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Clip curved seams.
STEP NINE: Match the upper straight edge of your tassel with the outer side edges of (1) exterior tote pattern piece. Pin in place, and baste stitch 1/8″ away from the edge to secure.
STEP TEN: Place exterior patter pieces right sides together and pin around the side and bottom edges. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Clip curved seams.
STEP ELEVEN: You should now have the lining purse, and the exterior purse. If desired, color block or dip dye the bottom of your exterior purse in RIT dye.
STEP TWELVE: Cut out the button flap closure pattern pieces. You want (2) exterior fabric, and (1) mid-heavy weight interfacing. Adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of (1) fabric closure piece.
STEP THIRTEEN: Place fabric closure pieces right sides together and sew around the outer curved edge. Clip curved seams, and turn right side out. Press.
STEP FOURTEEN: Following the instructions on your machine, sew the corresponding size buttonhole for your button onto the curved bottom of your button flap closure.
STEP FIFTEEN: Match up the raw edges of your button flap closure with the top center of (1) side of your exterior bag. Pin in place and baste stitch 1/8″ away from the edge .
STEP SIXTEEN: Slip exterior of purse inside lining, so that they are right sides together, matching up side seams. Pin the top edge, and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
STEP SEVENTEEN: Pull purse right side out through the opening in the bottom lining of the purse. Whipstitch opening closed, and push lining inside of purse. Press.
STEP EIGHTEEN: Cut (4) 1.5″ W X 4″L strips of exterior fabric. Fold in half right sides together lengthwise and sew down the outer edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Using a safety pin, turn right side out and press.
STEP NINETEEN: Fold your tubes of fabric around the bottom loops of the fabric handles, matching up the raw edges. Fold the top raw edge under and pin in place onto the exterior of your bag. Make sure you match up all of the handles locations so that they are even on both sides.
STEP TWENTY: Sew the shape of a rectangle around the pinned fabric loop, securing the raw edges underneath. Repeat for all 4 fabric loops.
And you are finished!
Step back and admire your awesome new bag, made with your mad sewing skills. You now have a laptop bag unlike anybody else.
Check out the other people who are honoring Craft Gossip and Anne Weaver today by heading on over to the Pinterest Board HERE. There are a bunch of us saying thanks.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…