Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Making a tote for my tablet

June continues to be a very busy month for me.  But, I did manage to 'squeeze- in'  time to finish a block and to make a tote for my little tablet computer.

at And Sew We Craft

 June's block was featured by Tonya,  at The Crafty Mummy.   It is the spool block.

Tonya's Spool Block
Her fabric is really perfect for featuring in a nice sized block!   
I got out my fabric for this sew along, and made my own spool block. It was very easy!

Susie's  Spool Block  
This fabric has most of the colors of my fabrics in it  
I added the Quilters Linen  Pink  (Robert Kaufman) to bring in pink to the palette
Susie's   June block
The next project was both fun and functional...  a tote for my little Asus Tablet.  
I had the perfect pattern, and I thought this would be a good time to try it out.
It is the Two Zip Hipster   ,  by  Erin Erickson of   Dog Under My Desk.  I bought this digital pattern online, and got it immediately.   Erin has excellent directions and lots of pictures to explain the steps.
Two Zip Hipster pattern
After measuring my Asus tablet, I decided to add 2 inches to the total  length of my hipster pattern. On both outside pieces  and the  lining pieces.

I wanted to make sure this tote would be well-padded, and protect my tablet when I carry it around.
For extra padding: I used Pellon FF987 (fusible fleece) on the outer main  fabrics, and on the lining.  Then, I  added a double layer of  regular batting for the back outer piece,  by laying it first on the back piece, and cut  it to be  about 1/4 inch smaller on all 4 sides. I placed the FF987 piece on top of the batting (full pattern size ) , and fused it on to the back piece.   In essence, when I ironed the fusible fleece on, it 'sealed' the batting in on all sides.  (Note: I did tack a few small stitches into the batting to keep it in place, at strategic spots, after the fleece was ironed on.  Nothing elaborate.  )

My fabrics:  

Premier Prints Amore Twill Sherbet

Quilters Linen  stone   by Robert Kaufman  This is cotton that looks like linen.... LOVE IT

Ta Dot     berry    Michael Miller
I actually used all of this from my stash....I had the Premier Prints Amore fabric  for a long time.... waiting for the right project.  The main inside lining was pink blender fabric.  I used the berry Ta Dot for the inside of the outer pockets, for some pops of color when I open up a  pocket.  It matches the Amore red and pink colors of  the stamps.
Here is my Two Zip Hipster!!

It holds a lot of "extras" that I use with my tablet
Pops of 'berry' in the pockets
My tablet , and dock, slide in through the zippered top
The extra padding is just right .  And, I love the long , and adjustable ,strap !
I want to make another Two Zip Hipster , to use for everyday.  I like having all of the front pockets (they are easy to access ) , and the  zippers to keep things closed.  I think I will add another slip pocket inside, for lots of places to put pens and kleenex...
I am ready to travel now!
Hope you are having  great summer!

Hooking up at : 

Sew Darn Crafty @ Sew Many Ways    and

Sew Cute Tuesday @ Better off thread
I'm off to my sewing room!


  1. I'm so must teach me how to make little diagrams on the photos!!! Looks like your tablet has turned you into a techie expert!

  2. I got that same pattern and still have to make mine. Your bag looks fantastic. I love it :)


  3. I have this pattern too and it's nice to know that it can double as a tablet bag. Very cute! Thanks for adding your details of batting choices and size variations.
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  4. Lol that's funny! I just made one to go on my holiday at the end of May...maybe I'll blog about it one day :)

  5. The spool block is perfect Susie - love the colours. It is nice to have some easy patchwork to do when life is a bit busy isn't it?
    As for the hipster-bag - your fabrics again are awesome. I love the little glimpses of colour when a zip is opened. I am going to make one of these - they look so versatile.

  6. Came to see your spool block but love your bag too!

  7. Love love love your tote!

    And your spool block is gorgeous too.

  8. love your spool block and your bag!!!!


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