FO Friday: more catch-up and a lot of sewing

Two weekends ago I was on a sewing spree! I not only made the iPad Gadget Guard I posted about last week, I also made two cross-body bags. That was a lot of sewing! It made me super happy!

First, though, let’s back up.

A couple weeks ago I discovered that our Joann had the new Doctor Who print fabrics in stock (apparently not to be found on the Joann website anymore – if you see it in your store, buy it up quick!). YES! I also finalized plans for the professional trips I have coming up and decided that it was officially time for me to make a Take Off Tote.

TARDIS Take Off Tote

I am SO HAPPY with how this bag turned out. I was a little unsure about mixing these two prints, but I feel like it really works. Also I will never, ever lose track of this bag because this print is not blend-in-able with any background.

TARDIS Take Off Tote

I’m really quite excited to use this tote! It’s spacious and has the outside zippered pocket as well as a divided large pocket on the inside.

TARDIS Take Off Tote

It also has this handy sleeve that fits just right over the extended handle of a rolling suitcase (note: this suitcase is the tiniest! It’s a bit shorter than your average carry-on suitcase). This will replace my purse while I’m traveling, since it can fit everything I need to have with me and is so handy.

That said, I still want a smaller purse to take with me to use while I’m at my destination. I was having trouble deciding between the Zip and Go and the Two Zip Hipster, so I decided to make both.

Grey Zip and Go

The Zip and Go is quite petite – it’s flat and has two zippered sections so you can separate your phone from your keys, or whatever.

Birds Two Zip Hipster

And this is the Two Zip Hipster, which is larger and has more pockets: a zippered pocket and a non-zippered pocket on the outside, as well as a large divided pocket on the inside.

Even having made both of these, I’m still torn! I love the streamlinedness and small size of the Zip and Go, but can I really manage with such a small bag? I think I probably can, given that I’ll only really need a minimal amount of wallet contents, my phone, and maybe some mints while I’m at these conferences. BUT I am so accustomed to carrying a gigantic purse with every possible thing that I might possibly need or want inside, and even the Two Zip Hipster is a LOT smaller than what I usually carry. My current wallet will actually fit in the Two Zip Hipster and leave room for other non-necessities, so I will likely end up using that. Maybe the Zip and Go can be an eventual goal for me to strive toward!


FO Friday: super duper catch-up

I have been so busy lately making things that I haven’t been making time to post about them. I also procrastinated taking photos of a number of things, which meant I had an excuse to not be ready to post yet. This past weekend I was supremely productive and not only made a bunch of new things, I also got almost completely caught up with myself.

First, let’s start with some knitting that I started what feels like AGES ago.

Crassula Shawl

This is the Crassula Shawl. I made this one up as I went along – I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted, but I’m 100% pleased with how it turned out!

Crassula Shawl

I started out with narrow stripes and gradually worked up to wider stripes, alternating colors between a grey and a really lovely variegated turquoise blue colorway.

Pink Fizz Wrap

Next up is the Pink Fizz Shawl. I named this one for the Hellebore variety that has a pink and white stripe-ish pattern on the petals. It starts with narrow stripes at each end, works up to fairly wide stripes and back down to narrow again, with quite a few narrow stripes in the center section. This shawl is also designed to be a sort of curve-sided diamond shape (there has to be name for this, other than being vaguely vaginal) rather than a traditional triangle shawl.

There are a couple more knitting projects yet to post about, but they’re gifts so they must wait to be revealed here.

I had last Friday afternoon off which made for a lovely long and very productive sewing weekend for me. I decided on Friday that I would finally make the Gadget Guard for my iPad for which I knitted some fabric nearly a year ago. I have a few professional events coming up for which I’ll be flying, and I may not want to take my laptop on all the trips, so I wanted to be prepared to take my iPad instead if I so choose.

You may remember that I made a Gadget Guard for my lappy last spring. I have been SO SERIOUSLY PLEASED with this thing. I use it all the time and it fits my laptop so well. The beautiful thing (well, one of them) about this pattern is that it uses a formula, so you can adjust it to fit practically any gadget. It’s super easy and is written so that you hardly even end up doing any math at all!

Knitted Striped iPad Gadget Guard

I was so pleased that my knitted fabric worked out so well! It adhered to the fusible interfacing really easily and I mostly kept the stripes going very straight.

Knitted Striped iPad Gadget Guard

I had to work in some nerdy fabric somewhere, so the lining is Star Trek – images of the Enterprise.

Okay! That’s it for this post. Stay tuned for next week where there will be more sewing and more Dog Under My Desk pattern-adoration!


FO Friday: Star Trek Macbook Air Gadget Guard

I end up taking my laptop to work with me on a fairly regular basis and I wanted a sleeve for it that would fit into my purse and protect it a little bit. I looked around online and didn’t see any ready-made sleeves that were cool, so I looked for patterns instead and came up with Dog Under My Desk’s Gadget Guard. Susan has often recommended DUMD and assured me that her patterns are super-detailed and really work. The pattern was even on sale!

I picked out some fabric from my stash, made a trip to Joann for some zippers and interfacing, and placed an order online for Soft & Stable batting alternative (sadly Joann doesn’t carry it in our local store and I wasn’t able to reach anyone at the local quilt shop to find out if they had any in stock). I debated on fudging the batting with something I could buy that day or had in my stash, but it seemed important to get something with some shape, and I’m glad I did. The case is fitted exactly to the shape of my laptop and I can see that if the sleeve was squishier/had less structure, the lappy wouldn’t slide in and out as easily as it does.

MacBook Air Gadget Guard - pattern by Dog Under My Desk

As you can see, it turned out really nicely! The front pocket has a double-pull zipper and a pleat, so there’s room for something a little more than flat to fit into it if desired. And the top zipper is also double-pull, which I just find really handy.

MacBook Air Gadget Guard - pattern by Dog Under My Desk

I used a geometric design for the lining and I think it is a nice contrast to how busy the exterior fabric is.

Gadget Guard in purse

As you can see, it fits! It’s snug and sticks out the top a bit, but that is fine with me. I like that it’s a snug fit – the laptop sleeve isn’t going to slide out by accident – and I sort of like that it shows off the fun fabric a little. If I’m going somewhere that I need to have “invisible” devices hidden in my purse, I can go without the sleeve or just take my tablet instead.

Gadget Guard in purse

OH! And the best thing is that this pattern uses a formula, so it’s easy to make cases for any gadgets you have. I will likely make one for my iPad as well, since it travels with me quite often. The pattern was, as promised, VERY detailed and really nice to use. There are step-by-step instructions and photos all along! I haven’t ever used a pattern with such clear instructions, actually! I highly recommend Dog Under My Desk.