Friday, March 8, 2013

Nancy Drew Blog Hop


It's my day on the Nancy Drew Blog Hop.  I just love that Moda brought out this line, and that Madame Samm and Carol created this hop. 

I love that I still have these books...but they live on Gracie's bookshelf.
 Originally I was going to make a cover for Gracie's Kindle.  I thought the book covers on the fabric would be about the size of one of the actual books.  Then when I got my hands on the fabric, I realized that the panels are way too big for that.   I mean, you could still do it, but the effect would not be the same. 

I love that they still have my name in them from when my best friend and I started our own library.

So then I planned a tote bag for carrying library books.  It's the perfect size for that! 

I love that I have the same books that are on the fabric panels!
As I was just finishing the quilting, I had a CLUE.  I've been wanting a padded case to slip my laptop into.  Not the big computer bag that holds all the cords, but just a little bit of protection for when I want to take it to Starbucks or carpool or somewhere quick where I don't need that other stuff.

I slipped the laptop into the pouch and it fit - perfectly!  In fact, if I had come up with this plan originally and measured, it probably wouldn't have come out this well.  [I have math issues, okay?]



I just needed a way to close it.  I decided to make an extra wide binding and sew some 3/4" velcro into it.  I cut a 5" binding strip and, before stitching down the fold edge, sewed the velcro to it. 


Voila!  I realize this isn't as unique and creative as the many other projects on this hop.  I wanted to make something I would use, and I just couldn't bring myself to cut up Nancy.  You should definitely visit the rest of today's projects (and the rest of the week as well!) because there are some amazing ideas out there.

For the rest of today's projects, keep hopping!

Quiltin’ Jenny [you are here!]



70 comments:

  1. Oh it looks wonderful. I know I have the same panels and they are larger than I thought..it just meant we had to be more creative and you did it...good job. Enjoy the rest of the hop and please visit me on Monday!

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  2. I love it when things work out! Fun to see how big the panels are too.

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  3. Great idea for a laptop cover!

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  4. Your little pouch is wonderful AND creative! Great job!

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  5. Love these! I've got to search out some of that bookcover print. The layer cake I got didn't have any of those big images in it.

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  6. Well I think it is a great idea!

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  7. That's what I call a well-dressed laptop! :)

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  8. nice useful project...very nice!

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  9. Love this! Have to find the panel fabirc to make one for me!

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  10. I like the idea of using Velcro since I'm not great at putting in zippers. Very nice Nancy Drew project! Thanks for hopping with us!

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  11. I love making projects that I can actually use--great job! I only ordered a charm pack of the ND fabric--wish I had ordered some panels as well.

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  12. What a great laptop case! I've been wanting to make a case for mine, and I may have to borrow your idea.

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  13. I think it's creative and just perfect as it is and so nice to use with your busy life. Thanks for sharing. Jane

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  14. How wonderful that you still have your books! (I loved the books, but since I checked them out of the library, I don't have any to pass along. Wish I did!) Your bag is wonderful!

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  15. That is a nice case and I agree....the fabric is too nice to cut up. I'd hate to loose Nancy.

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  16. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Love it! I think I'm going to make one for my laptop! It's pretty and just what I need when my internet is down and I have to go to McD to use their wifi!

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  18. Great job on your projects.

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  19. Very clever and practical, Jenny! I'm math challenged too a good bit--always cracks me up when some group that I belong to thinks I should be treasurer, LOL.

    I don't blame you for not wanting to cut up Nancy or that lovely book cover fabric. It really does look like the actual one in your collection! Lucky girl there.

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  20. We love Nancy too! It looks great, nice job.

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  21. Great project, especially since you decided to change it up a bit!

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  22. Love your laptop cover. What a great idea, and useful too.

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  23. I like the velcro on the laptop cover, good idea.

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  24. What you have done is just as creative as the other hoppers have done. It was a great clue to turn what you were originally making into a useful laptop cover and the book fabric is great with it.

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  25. Lovely! (And I love that I'm not the only math-challenged one out there!)

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  26. What a great pouch! I really like it. Great Job!

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  27. great tote and great fabric. Enjoyed your blog and thanks for sharing your talent.

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  28. Love your laptop cover! Thank you for sharing your Nancy Drew.

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  29. I expected the covers on the fabric panel to be more the size of the actual books, too.

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  30. I wouldn't have cut her up either! Your project is too cute and so are those great Nancy panels!

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  31. Love your cover...What a treasure to have your book still! I just found one at an antique shop yesterday!

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  32. I personally love your cover and the fact it's so easy to make. I can copy this!! Thanks for an easy inspiration!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  33. Nice project for the panels! Its so cool that you have the books from when you were younger. Such a treasure.

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  34. It would have been a shame to cut that fabric, you should get lots of smiles when people notice it.

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  35. HI Jenny....your personal touch is felt....I love easy projects...thanks so much

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  36. I still have a couple of books from the panel left - I think I might steal your idea and use them. I like your pouch.

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  37. Great idea for the cover. Such cute fabric.

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  38. Really like the bag and really really like the case. love the quilting on it too! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. It`s super cute.Thanks for sharing!!

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  40. wonderful project. The useful ones really are so fun to see!

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  41. Oh so fun and bright! Thank you for sharing.

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  42. Awesome. I remember reading Nancy Drew, a looong time ago.

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  43. What a great idea, a lap top bag. I sure need one of those and what better fabric to use.

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  44. Don't you just love it when an "Un-plan" comes together?!? B-)

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  45. It all turned out Nice! Love your cover and I believe I will make one too. I have a huge laptop case and a cover will do for those short trips into town. Thanks for sharing today...Judith, Texas

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  46. That is a great cover. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  47. I am thrilled that you ended up with the finished project. Somtimes we just don't do enough for ourselves. This is great. Sometimes things just work out as they are meant. Thank you for participating; making something that turned out to be for yourself; entertain; and inpsire us.

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  48. Great project! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Aren't the best projects the ones you can use? I think so. Love that you have some of the same books - fabulous, in fact.

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  50. What a wonderful & creative idea!!! Love it!! Enjoy!!

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  51. What a nice project.Its lovely.
    Thanks for sharing

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  52. I think this is absolutely wonderful - what a great idea! blessings, marlene

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  53. What a great project and so useful too. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Love your tote. It makes a great library tote/laptop bag.

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  55. I love the idea of a laptop case. Sew cute. And nice to have something that can be used immediately.

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  56. I really like it! I think it's as special as everybody else's so don't think like that!! I wouldn't be able to cut up Nancy either :)

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  57. great project thank,s for sharing!
    have a nice day

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  58. I think your projects are terrific!!

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  59. Awesome job! Love the use of the fabrics :)

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