|Lilium Laptop bag by fabricandflowersuk|
Back in April I'd happened across a piece of wool felt and had guessed that I'd be able to squeeze a laptop bag out of it somehow. I decided on the large Lilium Laptop bag and after some very careful cutting I had about 2" of fabric left. Talk about cutting it fine!!!! I was able to match the checks on the flap and main body of the bag, but ran out of fabric to match the sides
|Lilium Laptop bag, with bag feet by fabricandflowersuk|
As the felt is so thick already I omitted the soft and stable/foam and used interfacing on the lining only as per the pattern. The main change I made was to lengthen the front flap by 2-3" and mirror the curve from the main body of the bag, which I then replicated in the flap accent.
I used a slightly wider webbing at 2" for the strap and lengthened it by around 8" as Mr f&f likes to wear the bag across his body sometimes. Top-stitching this was....interesting! The wool felt made it crazily thick and even with using a jeans needle on the machine there may have been a few rude mutterings and talk of the need for a new machine for Christmas with an adjustable foot and bigger throat space but eventually we got there!!!
|Lilium laptop bag by fabricandflowerusk|
For the lining I used a mix of Klona black (this is quite new to me and fantastic for bag making as it feels a bit thicker than normal quilting cotton) and Avengers fabric for the inside flap and slip pockets
I love how the bag looks all grown up and sensible until you start to lift the flap and then......BAM! Hopefully it will bring a smile to Mr f&f's work days....he seemed happy with it!!!
I'm linking up to the Sew Mama Sew Sew Sweetness Bag Contest - do go and check out all the othe fabulous bags that have been made. I think the Kennedy bag is next on my hit list!
Today's sky ● grey and overcast. Not a good photography day!!!