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« on: June 25, 2006 02:00:50 PM »

A few months ago I had one order for a top-loading laptop bag made with denim and huge brass buckles to close the flap with. It was a beast to make ^_^

Last week, I had a return customer from craftster contact me and inquire about a new laptop bag as a gift for a family member's upcoming birthday. I worked with her to get the correct sizes, the color of the canvas she wanted to use as the outer fabric, and strap length (we went with adjustable).

I ordered mediumweight canvas and poly-cotton twill from Fabric.com first off. The twill is what I use on the inside, the canvas is the outside. I then went to www.cdwplus.com and ordered the nylon webbing for the strap (2" wide) and the metal slides (2" wide, 1/4" slots). It's interlined with peltex and fleece. I put plastic canvas at the bottom to help reinforce it from bending under the weight of the laptop.

The trickiest part of the bag was getting the laptop to remain secure and not jostle around in the bag. Making a sleeve was out of the question, because it would have cost her a lot more than she had budgeted. What I came up with was a removable flap that velcros down at the bottom of the bag and then velcro straps extend from the top of the bag to fold over and pull the flap in to snuggly hold the laptop bag.

There's two interior pockets, very big pockets to hold CDs, wallet, keys, mouse, other periphereals etc. The power cord can go at the bottom of the bag really, because there's tons of extra space between the laptop and the pockets.

The flap snaps shut with two magnetic snaps, and contrary to popular belief, these do NOT harm electronics. You would need a huge, industrial sized magnet to do that Wink

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I only charged her $75, because she's a return customer and I wanted to thank her for liking my work so much that she wanted to come back to me for such a big custom order! But do you think that $100 would be outlandish to charge for future orders?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2006 02:03:45 PM »

WOW, beautiful work!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2006 02:10:04 PM »

Very awesome. I've been working on laptop bags. Man they are such stinkers!!! Your's looks great. I like that it doesn't have that run of the mill sterile laptop bag look to it Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2006 02:12:03 PM »

Ingenious!  I love it. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2006 02:14:16 PM »

Very awesome. I've been working on laptop bags. Man they are such stinkers!!! Your's looks great. I like that it doesn't have that run of the mill sterile laptop bag look to it Smiley

*exactly*

Though it isn't lined with the thick foam used in the big laptop bags, it at least holds it safe, gets it from point A to point B and looks trendy without screaming "Hi, I'm a nerd!"

It's good for when you're walking to/from classes, to/from work, etc.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2006 08:50:31 PM »

I like it very much.  I don't think 100 wouldn't be too much to charge.  once you factor in all your costs and time, I think you'll realize that 100 is still cheap.  it looks professional, and looks like something I would like to carry my ibook in. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2006 09:23:55 PM »

georgia N, you have done it again. you are awesome.

how do you keep the corners so neat?
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2006 06:12:16 AM »

georgia N, you have done it again. you are awesome.

how do you keep the corners so neat?

On the flap, I use a pencil to push out the corners.

On the bag itself, lots and LOTS of pins to keep the lining in place while I sew it all down. Then I use the iron to steam it all down flat.
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2006 01:29:02 PM »

I don't think that $100 is too much to charge.  It looks like a lot of work goes into those, and they're very smooth and professional looking.  Good job!  I really love that purple flap fabric as well.  I'm a sucker for oriental prints.
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2006 02:23:03 PM »

Beautiful!
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