So, I recently got a new job, at which I was given a laptop to use. My old laptop bag was a little too small for everything I needed, plus rather blah, and I was tired of having to carry my purse and a laptop bag and juggle whatever else I had... so I decided to make a bag to fit it all!
This was the first big project I ever carefully planned out, went and selected fabric and batting for, and actually made purely from scratch--I'm usually a recon girl or make things out of scraps, duct tape, whatever. So I'm pretty excited.
The construction was pretty easy... I wish I'd taken some in-progress shots, but alas! I did not. Basically, I took a long piece of quilt batting, the correct width of the bag I wanted and twice the length. I "sandwiched" this between layers of this lovely fabric I found--blue with silver stars--and sewed around the edges, so I had kind of a thin pillow. Then, I folded it in half and sewed up each side, so the fold became the bottom of the bag.
I then turned it inside out and started on the outside pocket--it's two pieces, wrong side out first as I sewed along three sides, and then turned it inside out and did a zigzag stitch along the fourth side to be the top of the pocket. I left the inside corners at the bottom intentionally a little "squared off", and zigzag stitched it onto the bag:
sewing about 3/4 of the way up and then folding the top part down so it looks all nifty like that
It actually was meant to be a cover over the pocket on which I was going to attach velcro, but I idiotically forgot that it didn't actually cover the pocket--that folded over part is not the "lid", the pocket is behind there xD I think it looks nice anyway.
Then I wanted an inside pocket, and I just happened to have another fabric that was blue with stars (what can I say, I love it) that was a good size for making a contrasting pocket inside. Not enough fabric to make it lined, but it's worked well enough so far--I zigzag stitched this in as well:
(ignore the batting sticking out there on the left, I hadn't trimmed that yet
Then the handle! I took a long piece of the quilt batting, measured it to the right length I wanted, and made it about three inches wide. I then took the fabric and cut a strip about the same length, but more like 8 inches wide. I folded it around the batting, overlapping it slightly, and then carefully pinning and sewing more zigzag stitch straight down the middle of it. This was the hardest part to get right, but I think I managed okay. It's secure, and soft when I hold it
So here is my laptop in its new bag. There's plenty of room around it for me to put my small purse in it too when I run in to work, so when I go out to lunch I can just pull the purse out and go.
"Oh, thank you for making me a lovely soft warm place to sleep!"
I can also fit a water bottle or whatever in it, and then the CDs, external HDD, etc I need for work go in the inside pocket. My phone goes in the outside pocket along with anything else I might need to be able to grab in a hurry.
yay! Sorry for long post! I'm proud of it! (I did eventually trim the batting and excess fabric at the top, and I plan to get some bias tape for the edges, but I haven't found any I like yet...) Anyway, thanks for reading