Tab Hauler and a Golden Mommy Moment
I am just too cool to carry my new tablet around in a plain black carrier:
Seriously, this is just unacceptable. I purchased this carrier just to protect it and carry it from place to place. It’s just so ugly and pedestrian. But I didn’t want to spend a week creating a whole new carrier from scratch either. So I decided to make a colorful “hauler” for it instead.
All I was looking for in a hauler was something that was attractive and would allow me to carry my tablet either in a clutch-like position or messenger-bag-style to keep my hands free. So I created this very simple hauler that merely slips over the functional carrier I already had.
I’m thinking this is an old Kaffe Fasset shot cotton-I love this color! I used the new variegated poly thread by Superior, Magnifico-love that stuff! I also used Superior’s Soft and Stable for my “batting” layer. I’m a big fan of using Soft and Stable for any kind of tote or purse because it’s, well, soft and stable.
This luscious silk fabric is from my friend Anita-thank you Anita! I love a luxurious lining. It actually did not need a lining-I could have just let the black back of the Soft and Stable show and it would have looked great. But hey, there was an opportunity to add more fun to the hauler with the silk so I just couldn’t help myself.
I wanted a proper gusset instead of a boxed bottom so I did take the trouble to add the gusset and I like the bit of finesse that it adds.
I looked all over for some sort of swivel holder for the strap. I wanted to be able to detach the strap when I didn’t need it. But all the swivel fasteners were too beefy. So I cruised the jewelry findings and spied this beauty-love the refined look this little bit of hardware adds.
I’m pretty pleased with myself. I kept it simple (for once!) and I love the perky color, the practicality of the hauler, the pretty little strap holder and that luscious lining. Now I can haul my tablet around to quilt shows and such. If anyone notices it, I’ll just do a little hair flip and demurely say. “Oh, this old thing?”
I have to share my Golden Mommy Moment too! My sons gave this necklace from Spruce Mountain to me for Christmas. Isn’t it divine?? I’m so tickled. It’s kind of fun to have actual real adult sons who know how to gift. I know they didn’t get that skill from me….
This hauler makeover is so Jenny! No one would ever expect you to have anything less than THE PERFECTLY quilted carrier for your tablet!
Looks like you are starting the New Year in style.
Awww thanks Marcia! I like calling it a “make over”-that is the perfect term for it. Happy New Year!
Bobbi Bullard says
I love it. And… great minds think alike. I’m working on a tablet case right now. Mine won’t have the exquisite quilting yours has but it will have a little more detail inside. I am in love with pockets and will have a bunch, for sure.
Can’t wait to see your beautiful carrier in person!
Oh cool-can’t wait to see what you cook up! I’ll bet yours is going to be very functional and well planned-you’ll let us know when you’re done, right?
Oh my goodness! I had to laugh when you said you kept it simple! All the beautiful sewing details in there. I’m not good at that stuff. But I need a ‘hauler’ too. So maybe I’ll work on that this week! And yes, I love your necklace, but especially love the personal thought that went into getting it for you.
Thanks Debby. Oh, I usually start with some “simple” project and then decide to use some odd ball thread or technique or batting and end up with a mess! If you make a hauler bring it to SAQA meeting on Feb 1st-I’d love to see what you come up with!
Franki Kohler says
Beyond cool! I see a class in this, Jenny. I don’t have a tablet but would be tempted to take the class anyway!
Thanks Franki! I can just see my directions now: “To create the rounded corner, use the cookie plate, not the one Mom gave you, the one that came with your everyday set. After you forget to insert the tab to hold the strap TWICE, bang your head on your machine, then you will remember the third time”.
Not having a tablet is no excuse-go out and buy one so that you can make accessories for it!
Beautiful, Jenny! I have a tablet cover/carrier started..I haven’t decided if I will quilt it or not. Your sons did well.
Thank you so much for the chat today at meissner’s. I couldn’t wait to get off work and try my hand at your version of quilting. Unfortunately I am I’ll prepared with the supplies I have on hand; a poor quality muslin mixed with a layer of cotton batting just doesn’t have the same results. I will be picking up some nice supplies on Sunday and practicing some of what you taught me. Thanks again. Oh, mind telling me what needle you prefer? I have some quilting 130’s, will those do or should I pick up something more on the lines of a microtex?
Amy-thank you! I strongly prefer titanium coated topstitch needles by Superior. They really do last 8x longer than conventional. If I am using 100wt thread I go with a Microtex 60. You can just write me if you have more questions. It was nice chatting with you!