I'm starting to check things of my "to do" list. I even got to a non-quilting project: a laptop case! One of my best friends wanted me to make her a cover for her laptop using very old felt she had gotten from her grandfather. Thick green felt... and I was clueless as to what to do at first.
I started looking online for a pattern and found a few, but landed on this one by Amy a la Mode. I liked it because it was lined and good for thick fabric.
We have a very similar esthetic, so when I found some orange plaid wool in my scraps, I had to use them somehow and came up with a quick little appliqué flower.
I fused some interfacing on the back of the fabric to keep the edges from raveling, and sewed them on raw-edge style with a zigzag stitch. My friend really liked this flower so I had a direction to go in, but it still seemed a little bland on the green felt, so I pretended it was a quilt and free-motion-stitched all over:
back of laptop cover
The curly stitching really made it fun and look pretty nice!
front of laptop cover
This is the front - instead of buttons, I used a strip of felt with seam binding on the edges to make a loop for the flap to fold into - I put a couple wool circles on there too - just too cute not to.
This cover is fully lined with more of the green felt, so it is pretty sturdy and thick... AND it fit her laptop perfectly!
Now I can work on some quilting without this little project looking at me all the time. ;)