I tried my hand on a laptop sleeve again, like the messenger bag for my son, made entirely from repurposed materials.
For the outside I use an old checked skirt. The fabirc a bit like a tweed with red threads running through it. I took the skirt apart and then put two of the pieces together again otherwise I wouldn't have had a big enough piece. The check pattern wasn't matched up in the skirt, so I made it match for the laptop sleeve. I don't like it when patterns, especially checks or plaids are not matched. I never wore the skirt because of this, but bought it anyway because I liked the fabric so much. Now the skirt is getting a new lease of life.
For the lining I used the old cashmere skirt that I had also used as lining for my son's messenger bag. Very cosy for the laptop. I had only two pieces left that were a tincey bit too small. So I inserted a small piece of the other skirt. As padding I used some wadding made from recycled fibres that my mother had left over from some other project.
I first assembled the outer fabric, the padding and the lining and quilted them together. I sewed horizontal lines between the checks leaving a couple of centimetres on the outside so that I could insert the zip (above you can see the horizontal seams on the lining). The zip, by the way, my mother took from an old bag that she threw away. I sewed the zip onto the outer fabric and padding, and then folded the lining under sewing it by hand onto the zip along the fold.
I showed the sleeve to a friend. She wants one too now...