Wrist Pad For Macbook Air (correction: Pro Retina Display Of Awesomeness) – DIY

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macs n qtr
macs n qtr

My man’s MacBook Airs*** are considerably thinner than my MacBook and compared to my corporate-backbreaker-Lenovo…

lenovo qtr
lenovo qtr

Forgetaboutit.

So finding a wrist pad that wasn’t going cause the inverse issue because they’re all made for my Flinstone-sized Lenovo was proving to be impossible…ditto tutorials on making one. Suuurrre, I’m going to fill a long, tube, sack with rice….gross. No. Do you realize how much he works??? One day of stress and a rice tube would be a rice noodle. Nasty.

I had some Robert Kaufman yarn dyed linen in Flax left – that’s soooo manly, right? And I offered to make one to the specs of the Macs. There’s a 13″ and a 17″, and I had to cover the wear that was already happening on the edge of the desk. You don’t get it. You think you put in long hours and days? You don’t even know. He’s a machine. A machine that needed a wrist pad.

wear on desk
wear on desk

Using rocket science, I cut out 4 strips of 17×1.5 inch batting to make 2 double layers, and extended the length of the fabric to include seam allowances (1/4″) and room to attach Velcro.

fabric & batting
fabric & batting

I made the top seam at 1/4″ to be enclosed, then scooted the first 2 layers of batting up against it.

 

qtr inch back seam
qtr inch back seam
center top batting
center top batting

I scooched it with my fingers, and pinned it in tight.

squoosh n pin
squoosh n pin

I took crappy photos.

Then, using a zipper foot, I top-stitched right up against it to keep it in place.

zipper foot
zipper foot
top stitched 1st pad
top stitched 1st pad

After the first half of the padding is in, the second half is just a tad trickier if you’re making yours wrap-around the edge too. I ironed under the 1/4″ seam allowances and placed my second half of batting.

topstitching
top-stitching

I top-stitched it closed, then squooshed it up against the seam and using the zipper foot again, stitched the center to create the gap that will fold around the edge of the desk.

bottom pad
bottom pad squoosh
zipper foot bottom pad
zipper foot bottom pad

I folded in the ends and top-stitched those closed before attaching the Velcro.

Velcro on pad
Velcro on pad
velcro 2
velcro 2

I had some sticky dot Velcro for the desk side. The best way to apply that is to put the Velcro ON your sewn Velcro, line up on desk, the press down to adhere it to the desk. If I was smarter, I would have put painters tape down first, but you can learn from my shortfalls.

velcro dots
velcro dots

There IS painters tape down to cover the rough spots, however. Derp.

Here it is, up against the MacBook Air***….a nice little pad for comfort.

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And here it is with the 13 inch pushed back a bit.

13" MacBook Air w wrist pad
13″ Mac Pro Retina Display Of Awesomeness w wrist pad

And there you have it. A couple hours to make my man more comfy.

*** I have been corrected. They are not MacBook Airs…they are Mac Pro Retina Displays Of Awesomeness. Or something. I am a new Mac-Apple-Fanboy convert in my personal use and am still learning the lingo.

Sewing With Knits

Room To Grow
Knit Stash Bust
Knit Stash Bust

I got to spend a nice weekend with my family being mellow and getting a lot of sewing done. I put in a knit order to girlcharlee.com for Alex and bought 3 yards of Briar Rose in Orange Strawberry at Modern Domestic on Friday, so wanted to really get through the girly sewing before Alex’s knits showed up. In addition, there was a little top secret pattern testing thrown in; all-in-all, I was very productive!

I used the same Recess Raglan pattern size and type that I previously used for Hazel again in the Briar Rose.

Hazel Recess Raglan
Hazel Recess Raglan

She has been off at a birthday party so I will have to wait to see if it fits her. I’m a bit concerned…

See, a little note about the Briar Rose jersey knit. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. After prewashing it, I still got a ton of usage out of it (read: good quality, minimal shrinkage.) But it does curl like a pig’s tail. I read this Fresh Lemon’s post about it before I bought it…and my, I feel for her. I have a serger, double needles, etc. and no fear of knits….but if you’re not used to knits, maybe try a cheapie Joann’s knit first. At about $10 a yard, it’s not going to break the bank, but let’s not be frivolous.

Anywho, like I said, at $10 a yard, let’s use it all up. So, I made a few more Recess Raglans in 3T, figuring I’d give Zoe room to grow. I played around with different cuffs and finishing for giggles.

Briar Rose Strawberry Raglan
Briar Rose Strawberry Raglan
Strawberry Bubblegum
Strawberry Bubblegum
Strawberry Ice Cream Raglan
Strawberry Ice Cream Raglan

I may have pushed the limits of knit layer-thickness with Ms. Viking and the double needle…I was playing around with the bubblegum fabric and this happened….

Busted Needle
Busted Needle

Hahaha. Whoopsie. At least it didn’t really break off – I hate fishing around for metal fragments.

I think I picked a good size for Zoe. She’s in the tall and skinny category according to the doc office at 18 months and generally wears a 2T, so these should last a bit.

Room To Grow
Room To Grow
3T on a 2T
3T on a 2T

At this point we had already taken photos of 2 other test pattern outfits, so she was done modeling for me and more into growling and making Frankenstein faces…

Photography Tag
Photography Tag

I am also super excited to say I squeezed out an altered, cap-sleeve Renfrew for me! Woohoo! And a little sumpin’ for our American Girl knock-off. The Renfrew is only altered in that I couldn’t quite get sleeve bands or a waist band out of it too, but I’m ok with that….I had a back-up double needle that finished those hems. I Mickey-Moused out enough fabric to band the neckline but it is in 2 pieces.

Renfrew + Dollie
Renfrew + Dollie

Fabric was $32.50 total for 3 yards (I used my PMQG 10% off), plus a busted twin-needle at around $5, and I got 3 shirts + a dollie dress = I can live with that math. Plus I finished out the rest of my Joann’s knit stash just in time to get my new delivery!

Back to quilting next week and finishing up that Roller Rink.