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|I had 1 yard of the white fabric and 3/4 yard of the red. I used 1 yard of Craft Fuse interfacing, a nice stiff interfacing and 1 yard of the batting. For my bag, I used 10 inches of Velcro, 2 metal swivel hooks and 2 metal rings, obviously ones that match. I just have generic examples pictured above. Choose a zipper that’s a little bit shorter than the width of the fabric you’re placing it on.
|Measure and cut out the following pieces:
Main bag pieces
2 lining and 2 main fabric – measure your height and width.
Add 1″ to each for seam allowance. Add 1″ to each for “wiggle room.”
Measure the thickness of your laptop and add that to each, also.
example. My laptop measures 13.5″x9.75″x1.5″
Height = 13.5″+1″+1″+1.5″=17″
So my bag pieces are 13.25″x17″. Notice I have the bag going lengthwise, so you’ll need to orient your fabric correctly.
Hidden pleat pices (2) – I cut them 5″x13″.
Pleated pocket lining – Final measurement of completed pleated pocket once you know it fits.
Strap tabs (2) -3.5″x4″
Strap (1) – I made mine 4″x34″ and it’s nice as a cross-body strap, but just over one shoulder it’s a bit long. If you plan to wear it over one shoulder perhaps cut it 4″x30″.
Use 1/2″ seam allowances.
|Baste across top and bottom within seam allowance to secure the pleats.|
|Make your strap. Use the method I showed above with the tabs, or see our tutorial on the Non-Turn Strap.
Left: Since the ends won’t be hidden in a seam allowance, you must fold them under and press first.
Right: After creating the straps, fold the ends through the end of the swivel hook and sew.