Got it covered…

I haven’t been anywhere near a sewing machine for the last two days. 

Nothing against sewing, just the rest of life intruding, good times to be had and a baking order to be got out for this morning. But one thing I wanted to prioritise is this:

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.18.35 pmHaving indulged in a spot of techno-worship, I don’t want my lovely new lappie to start looking tired and dinged up too soon. And we’re going on a road trip on Tuesday on the motorbike, so I needed a compact yet protective cover.

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.19.38 pm Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.19.16 pm Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.18.55 pm Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.20.00 pmWell obviously, it had to be quilted. And I wasn’t going to give myself a hard time with a zip if I didn’t have to, so it’s got a nice button flap.

And for the accessories (charging cable, dongle, etc), I’ve made a matching drawstring pouch from the leftovers (the set was made from two fat quarters, a bit of spare red binding and a bit of leftover batting; almost every scrap of fabric was used). I tried something a bit more detailed for the quilting as it didn’t need to be drapey-soft, just padded. I like the result. Best of all, I didn’t need to mark it up, I just joined the dots, literally! And no, I’m not going to point out the mistake. You can look for it if you’re sad enough, but it’s on the back, which I have carefully not shot! I actually don’t mind it, it doesn’t show and I’m not in the mood to unpick it…

We’ll be on the road for 8 hours tomorrow, riding up to Cairns in Far North Queensland on the bike (Miss Scarlett, a red Honda ST1300, in the remote event that anyone’s interested…), so I’ll probably be a funny shape by the end of the day, and I certainly won’t be posting! Weather permitting though, I should be able to get some good photos from our rides over the next few days, so I expect some sort of post will materialise while we’re away.

23 thoughts on “Got it covered…

  1. I love this. Why complicate a design when a simple one is so effective.
    My carry-on luggage and all my handbags are quilted, but my Kindle cover, phone and camera protector are all crochet.

    Enjoy your trip and stay safe.

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly. My camera case is waterproof black nylon, my kindle cover is red leather and my phone case is black leather. And my motorbike bag is black and red as well. This works with all of them!

  2. tialys says:

    Have a great time on Miss Scarlett and, even though you might be a funny shape after 8 hours, at least your new lappie won’t be.

    • katechiconi says:

      Very true! It’ll be safely cushioned between my waterproof jacket and my overnight bag, while I will be exposed to heat, dust, fumes and a moderately comfortable seat. The ride, however, is going to be lots and lots of fun!

  3. rutigt says:

    Very nice fabrics you have used!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a real passion for grey with a bright colour right now, and I particularly love that dark grey with a white spot, and the coloured binding just gave it a bit of life. No scratches on my new laptop 🙂

  4. Carole says:

    I like that! It looks a bit more stylish than the one that I made for Mabel (the Mac). I must have a go at a wee pouch for her accessories now that I’ve seen yours. Excellent idea 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I was debating making a cable roll, with elastic slots for all sorts of cables, chargers and powerboards, but it would have been too big for tomorrow’s trip, so the pouch was perfect, and was a great way to use up the last of the fabric.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Now this I feel could be my first quilting project. My little laptop (a smidge bigger than yours) needs a nice pouch and I haven’t found anything I have really liked. You have inspired me!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s easy. Two fat quarters, a bit of batting, some 2″ binding and a nice button. I didn’t even use a quilting foot to quilt it with, just the usual one. You should be able to crack it without any trouble.

  6. I wish you lots of fun!
    Your projects are super cute, as always!

  7. Have a great trip ! and what you made for your computer is lovely !!! I love the little red heart !!!

  8. EllaDee says:

    Very stylish, and all your own design, no-one else will have the same 🙂
    The G.O. has an Airhawk cushion for his seat comfort on long rides. As I haven’t yet had that opportunity, I don’t yet but when the time comes I will!

    • katechiconi says:

      We both have AirHawks, otherwise 12 hours or so in the saddle would be impossible. It’s been a long and tiring day (especially the bit where the temperature went up to 39C), but we’ve arrived and are planning tomorrow’s rides. Lappie arrived in one piece and unscratched despite travelling in the left pannier, so I may have to make some more of these as gifts, in different sizes.

  9. I love the colours. The red binding and buttons add pop.
    My sense of humour makes me want to suggest a black leather cover for extra protection on the motorbike!

    • katechiconi says:

      I was tempted, but didn’t have time to shop for leather and leather needles and thread before the trip…. No studs or biker bling, though. Miss Scarlett is a stylish lady and she doesn’t do studs and tassels.

  10. mlwilkie says:

    Love the cases!!! The colors are lovely!

  11. Jen Gardener says:

    Very pretty and inventive as always.

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