• Paper for making pattern
• 40cm strip of 3.2mm-thick felt (Available from Felt Supplies of NZ Ltd)
• 2 x recycled leather bag handles
• 4 x bifurcated rivets (You can also use cap rivets)
• Fabric hole punch
• Sewing thread (To match the felt colour)
• Dressmaker’s scissors
• Sewing machine
1 Make a pattern from newspaper or brown paper. Cut two rectangles (bag front and back) 25cm x 40cm. Cut two side gussets 25cm high, 6cm wide at
the bottom and 3cm wide at the top. Cut a bottom gusset 40cm x 6cm wide. Cut a pocket 15cm x 12cm. Pin the pattern pieces together to make sure your laptop fits inside. Adjust if necessary.
2 Use the pattern to cut out your felt pieces. Pin the pocket in the centre of your front piece and stitch in place. Pin the bottom gusset to the front and back pieces, and stitch along the long edges. Stop 5mm from the ends and leave the short edges unsewn.
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