Sunday, December 18, 2011

Weekend Project: Sewing Diversion

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do;
the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
~ Andrew Jackson

Let's summarize the most urgent projects in my queue, shall we? I committed to making 9 insulted wine totes and 9 insulated casserole carriers as Christmas gifts for my friends at work AND I decided to make a dancing dress for a New Year's Eve dance at our dancing teacher's studio.

So, what do I do in my sewing room the weekend before Christmas?

Work on insulated wine totes? - you guess...

No, try again, I reply.

Hmmm... insulted casserole carriers, maybe?

Not quite - one more guess.

Then it must be your dancing dress, right?

Strike three! And you're out! (Or maybe I'm the one who is out - as in "out of her mind!")

For Christmas we got Ana a device that will let her access the internet on her little laptop (really, a "netbook") and this weekend I designed and sewed a little fabric roll to carry it:

She really likes red and I found this little collection of bundled fat quarters that I thought would appeal to her:

The base is like one of those pencil rolls (free patterns abound on the internet).

Inside, I attached 2 pouches with flaps and one velcro strip - to hold the device, the cable and the USB/electric plug converter.

The flaps attach to the pouches with velcro, to keep the equipment from spilling out.

I put a layer of batting inside everything (the base and the pouches) to provide a touch of padding / protection for the equipment.

I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, especially given that it is my first experiment. :)

I think Ana will really like it!

And even if I wasn't sewing on what I SHOULD have been sewing on, at least I was SEWING! Yay! :)

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and (if you celebrate it) are ready for Christmas next week!


Anonymous said...

Oh, you and I must read from the same book. I have to slap myself to keep from doing things like that. Unfortunately it doesn't always work. That is a great gift you made! I love the ingenuity. I will send good thoughts your way as you work on the gifts for your co-workers.

katherine h said...

What a gorgeous present. I love the fabric on the pockets. You just have to follow where your sewing mojo leads you.

Anonymous said...

thank you gwen for my present es very beautiful. i like so much. also the fabric. i love you