Before I got my netbook, I used to hate travelling with a computer. My laptop was too heavy; it weighed down one shoulder, and it added to the stress of the journey.
|Melike’s case on A Cup of Sparkle|
This project started out because I wanted to make Kevin a case for his iPad 2. This one was like a trial version. My inspiration was the beautiful Mac Air case on A Cup of Sparkle – really love that one, even for that huuuge laptop. This idea can be adapted to any size computer, or, as Radhika pointed out, can be a purse!
So I went to the guy who upholsters our seating at home and ordered a metre of rexine at Rs 395. I chose a cream, the supplier didn’t have it; I settled for beige, or mocha, or, if we want to be stylish, a light mocha. I also got some braided cord from Pradhans (I couldn’t get suede cord), a one-hole punch and a set of magnetic closures.
Your equipment list would be something like this· ½ metre rexine or faux leather
· 2 metres coordinating or contrasting cord (must fit through the holes made by a one-hole punch)
· One-hole punch
· Magnetic closures
· Marking chalk
Start by cutting out a rectangle of rexine that will envelope your computer, with a closing flap, and with enough extra at the side to allow you to do the lacing exercise.
Mark the actual edges of the comp with pins – do this neatly; even little pin marks can look quite ugly on rexine.
And a learning: you cannot iron rexine. That nice scorch mark is proof.
Now remove the pins, turn the rexine to the wrong side, and, using the pin pricks as a rough guide, draw a straight line on either side.
Use your one-hole punch to make neat holes at the 2cm marks.
Fold the rexine, right side up, to make the envelope part of the case, aligning the holes on the top side and bottom side. Tie a neat knot to secure and then start lacing, taking care not to pull too much so the rexine does not fold at the edges.
Now to make the envelope flap: fold down the remaining loose rexine and secure with sticky tape.
Now for the decorative element: the lopsided flower. Melike describes the way to do this really well on A Cup of Sparkle, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. I made little slits with the cutter to allow me to anchor the bottom petal round over the magnetic closure on the flap.
It’s really easy, and, because of all the inconsistencies, very exclusive to you. Do try it this weekend and send me photographs of yours.