Skip to main content

"Laptop" Cases (Touchpads actually...)

A few months ago, the husband and I got seriously lucky in an HP Touchpad fire sale and scored two of the little gems for less than the price of a crappy phone.  Ever since, we have wanted to look after them, knowing that discontinued hardware and a super special price actually makes them irreplaceable!  Anyway I found this tutorial from Elizabeth at Oh Fransson!.  This was featured at Sew Mama Sew a little while back and I loved this tutorial because it was simple and not tailored to a device of any particular size (i.e. an iPad!!).


So the lighter one is mine and the other is my husbands.  I made mine first, hence it's all a bit wobbly as I didn't have the thing worked out yet.  My only issue with this pattern was that the instructions for cutting the flap were incorrect - they have a formula for cutting (which why I didn't realise they were wrong until a bit later in the process) along the lines of Width by Height + 1 inch, that sort of thing.  Anyway, for the flap; it says height when it means width - which in the case of mine was an error which was just about manageable, but things are a bit wibbly...



The second time I made this (the stripey one), I had the measurements right and it worked like a dream.  My husband was pretty pleased and it took my less then an hour to make as I had the thing down pat.  I really like this pattern and it was quick and easy with a nice finish.


My only other issue (which I know was my issue and not an issue of the pattern) was that my husbands version is still pretty tight to slide the touchpad in and out of.  I suspect that is because the first one was made from a flannel pillow case which would naturally have a lot more give than the woven stripey fabric.

Anyway, I like the pattern heaps and would recommend it.  If you are looking for a quickie chrissie present for a techie (or actually anyone with a similar tablet or laptop) then you still have time :)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Named Astrid Wrap Shorts - Pattern Test

I absolutely love the new collection from Named called Royals.  I was lucky to have the opportunity to test the Astrid Wrap Shorts, which is a two in one pattern of either shorts or full length wide legged pants.

Here are the versions on the Named site:


The pattern was clear and easy to follow.  The only tricky part was ensuring the place where the wrap starts is nice and neat.

I made my version out of some cream herringbone linen I bought in Tessuti Melbourne several years ago:

And here is the front:


back:


and side, where the tie is:


I love these shorts.  I am not sure the plain linen is the best fabric to use for visual impact, but they are super comfortable and a good weight for Sydney.

I did have a sizing issue in that they turned out quite a bit larger than expected, which means I need to pull the tie tighter and makes it look messy.  As this was a pattern test I would not take this as necessarily true of the released pattern, and I will confess that I haven't checked the fin…

KCW 01/14: Day 1

This Kids Clothes Week is technically Winter but I am calling it 01/14, as it was over thirty degrees here today!  My mission is only to make one thing - a new raincoat for Issy.

I did some prep before the week started - cutting out the main fabric.  I went away across the Australia Day long weekend so I knew I would only have a scant hour tonight.


The main fabric is a soft greyish purple laminate I got from the Kelani fabric stall at the Melbourne Craft Fair last year.  I am using the Oliver + S School Days Coat pattern, which I have made previously for her.

In the hour I managed to cut the lining and sew the hood.


Annoyingly I even got the stitching around the edge done which looked great, but then I turned it over and I had managed to catch the lining folded over in the topstitching.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

SO I unpicked that (with no small amount of swearing) and then decided to call it a night.  I could imagine irritably resewing it and doing the same thing again if I wasn't care…

Dumb and Dumber - or how not to make a Washi Dress...

[Note that I believe all the dumbness in this post is to do with my newbie status as pattern adjuster, some carelessness, some overconfidence and some just plain idiotic moves - not the Washi pattern!  I found the pattern itself really easy to follow and sew; and if you don't totally screw it up then it's quick to sew too!]

So like everyone else that moves, I really liked the look of the Washi dress / tunic.  I bought the pattern and then ummed and ahhed about the FBA part.

Dumbness #1:
Clearly, I have to accept that I always require an FBA.  Why would I think otherwise?  I guess partly it was the measurements on the pattern; but the advice was clear and for my circumstances, an FBA was needed.  So here is attempt 1 - it was supposed to be a muslin and then I started loving the fabric was gutted when it didn't fit.

Dumbness #2:
Making a muslin out of a fabric I liked, then being crapped off when it didn't fit.


Mmmmm squeezy!

Happily my friend Danika selflessly stepped…