I have been eyeing up this little project in Do Crafts magazine for a few months ( its issue number 70 if you’re interested) and this week I made one for myself.
I have a few pieces of grey felt from a visit to my local scrapstore in my fabric hoard, so I decided not to stick to the original design and twist it by going for a school satchel look.
The laptop cover in the magazine is machine-made but as I have a penchant for hand sewing mine is all hand stitched.
I wanted to give the dark grey a bit of a lift and I decided to go for my current favourite symbol, the stag silhouette.
I stitched the whole thing together using extra strong thread in bright yellow, using double running stitch ( it looks the same both sides like a machine sewn line of straight stitching), then I used the same thread in a bright red to weave in and out of the yellow for added texture.
The fabric used for the stag silhouette is a scrap of upholstery material, as the fabric frays a bit I used some iron on interfacing to stabilise it. I appliqued the stag onto the cover with blanket stitch and then wove some grey and white twisted wool through the stitches.
The attachment I used to keep the cover closed is usually applied in leather work, it is a called a screwback stud.