When a friend of mine saw the zipped laptop sleeve on my website he immediately wanted one. It was supposed to keep his laptop cosy in his messenger bag. So, I made one. His bag is dark green and brown and because in my universe things have to match I started searching the right fabric. I remembered that I still had this 'felted accident' of a, for my taste, ugly brown-green jumper. Up to this day I don't know why I ever bought that jumper, because I really don't like brown and green colour combinations. I can only assume that what attracted me was its quality. I took the jumper apart and put it together again as a nice aaaand cosy laptop sleeve but constructed it differently this time. The collar became a flap; the front and the back became ... front and back; and part of a sleeve became a little pocket on the front to hold my friend's passport. I thought centring it all is boring so I put the pocket on the right side and the magnet closure on the left. It turned out that it goes exceptionally well with the messenger bag, as if I had bought the fabric for the sleeve to match the bag. When I gave my friend the sleeve he looked as happy as a toddler on Christmas Day. That really made my day. The next day he told me that his laptop is really cosy. What more can you want? What you perceive as ugly can become the nicest thing in the world for someone else! I'm glad I once bought that jumper.
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...