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« on: August 08, 2008 11:21:21 AM »

I FINALLY have a reason to make a messenger bag for my laptop.  I am going to work part-time at the school my boys attend and will be doing some work at the school and some at home.  I will need to take my laptop there, so I NEEDED a pretty bag for it!!!

I ordered the closed cell foam mentioned in a post in the questions part.  It is great for such a bag!!

The fabric is by Anna Maria Horner in her new Garden Party line.  I just LOVE it!!!!!!  I think I will make another laptop bag to sell, but I will use a more simplistic pattern!!  I made my own pattern for this bag.  I had a picture in my head of what I wanted - EXACTLY what I wanted!!  It is always worse when you know exactly what you want because then you have to figure out how to do it!!!

I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I originally made it too big (erred on the side of caution) and ended up picking it apart and cutting it down smaller.

It has two sections inside - the one with velcro for the laptop and another section for folders and the power cord, although I think the cord will probably also fit with the laptop.  The front section includes an area of pockets for pens, a calculator, and other little items.

I also included a large pocket on the back for those last minute files and things!

Enough of my rambling, here is the bag!!

Inside the bag:

The back:

Side and bottom shot:

Dolly Parton has her "Coat of Many Colors" and I have my "Bag of Many Colors"!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for looking and commenting!!!
« Last Edit: August 08, 2008 11:53:36 AM by kathigarn » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008 11:29:04 AM »

That is freaking gorgeous!! Wisting! Shocked

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2008 11:39:32 AM »

I love it!


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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2008 11:50:41 AM »

Nicely Done! I like your padded middle. Love the fabric!!! where did you get it?

« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2008 12:07:27 PM »

Thank you for the compliments!!

I ordered the fabric from an etsy shop -- fabricworm.  She was really nice and answered my emails about matching.  I knew I wanted the fabric on the flap, but wasn't as sure of the other choices!  It can be hard to figure out how things match on the computer!

« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2008 12:09:01 PM »

Wow!  I am very impressed! You did a fantastic job it this messenger bag!

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2008 12:09:50 PM »

Oh I am loving this bag!! And the fabric is making me drool... I just got a shipment of her Garden Party line, but I'm stuck in a "Too scared to cut into it" rut!! I think your bag is going to motivate me. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2008 12:34:27 PM »

WOW. great bag... Was the foam easy to use? I need to make another messenger bag for my laptop and really need to make it padded this time...

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2008 12:55:39 PM »

ooooooooo so nice ! ! !

« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2008 01:03:00 PM »

WOW. great bag... Was the foam easy to use? I need to make another messenger bag for my laptop and really need to make it padded this time...

It was easy to cut and place in there.  I want to see if there is a glue they recommend for putting it all together.  I don't think it would matter as much with other designs, but I have a total of six pieces of foam.  I wanted to be able to glue the outer four pieces and bottom together and maybe the middle piece to the sides.  I know a lot of foam eventually shrivels up if you use glue, so I just kept working with the foam and the bag to get it all in place so it wouldn't move.  I ordered the 1/4 inch thickness.  I have quite a bit more, so I will make other items!!  (I can't let it go to waste!!)

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