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Virgin of Guadalupe Laptop Sleeve

Last week I bought an adorable 12″ iBook G4 and I love it sooo much! I wanted to buy a little sleeve for it but all I could find were boring, expensive options. My little iBook is very special to me, it deserves better! So last night, I made my own.

I cut four pieces of fabric (two types) that measured a bit wider on each side to allow for my seams. I made two “sandwiches” that consisted of two pieces of contrasting fabric with a double layer of batting inside. And then I sewed loopey-loops all over each seamed sandwich to keep the batting in place and stitched the two together.

This is what you call homegirl crafting. I was so excited – plus I was delirious with a cold – that I didn’t even measure anything. I eyeballed the whole thing. It’s a little uneven in spots, but only I can notice where.

My original plan was to not have a flap, but to have the top come together with a zipper. But alas, my eyeball measurements needed glasses. I measured a bit too small lengthwise. So instead of crying and pitching it across the room in a Mariah Carey fit of rage, I relaxed and simply made one more fabric/batting sandwhich, stitched it on, added a button to the front and some ribbon to close it and there ya go! It’s way better than any store bought sleeve! Now I have to go find a sturdy travel bag to carry it in!

TIP: This is a great project to use up fabric scraps. It will make the laptop sleeve more funky if you have all different kinds of patterns.

Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

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