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I want to make a carry bag for my laptop, but I thought my pattern was too big for mine so I made this to test the pattern before I cut into my gorgeous Asian fabrics. I only have 4 FQs of the Asian prints so I needed to be sure. Now I'm sure and can cut the pattern down.
It turned out really well for a first try, and 5 minutes after I finished it I was offered $100 for it. I might just take her up on it but I think I'll wait a while and see if there's more interest. It's a good offer, but I'm still not gonna make anything at that price because of the time it took. It's fully padded with thick foam, fully lined with bound not serged edges, fully lined zippered front pocket and a full size mesh zippered pocket inside. Fits a 17" laptop. Oops, I just realized I forgot to put the green zipper pulls on it I made from lime green marine vinyl.

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Super nice!!!!!!

I'm curious about the foam. I don't really frequent fabric stores these days, but might have to if they carry that.

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Wow! That is sharp, Cari.
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Ditto!  Great job -- it takes a lot of time to develop and make a pattern, especially when you're trying (and doing) a specific size for a 17" laptop!

Janey, our local Wal-Mart has the foam -- I can't speak for any other location, though.

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Jeanette you nailed it! I got the foam at Walmart. It was a bear to get all the layers sewn for the front of the bag with the pocket - 2 layers of foam and 4 layers of fabric, then sewing that to the center strip added another layer of foam and 2 more layers of fabric. The foam does compress nicely but still.............

The pattern is from By Annie, I didn't make it up. I just needed to test it before I down size it to fit my laptop.

The pattern calls for the By Annie Soft And Stable foam but I didn't have any and didn't want to wait so I bought the foam Walmart has. I've since then discovered that the Soft And Stable is half as thick as what I used. For that matter so is Bosal In R Form, and I have tons of that. Sheesh, I could have saved myself a ton of swearing and bent pins if I had found out before I started this.

I also discovered that I really like the By Annie zippers. No more trying to sew in the chunky plastic purse zippers that always break my needle. I bought several 40" double pull zippers. I also bought several extra pulls in the same colors. Now when I cut off extra length I can just add a new pull to the left over piece and have a whole new zipper to use in something else.

I still have a yard left of the thick foam so I'm waffling on using it for my bag or using the In R Foam. The thick stuff was harder to work with(only around the edges putting the main parts together-quilting the fabric to it was a breeze) but I really like how this bag turned out.

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I love it Cari. Professional looking, great job. I can't image how ling it took!

I would tend to use one of my 2 industrials or Thompson 301. 

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Thanks Maria. The only industrial I have is a Consew 206, but I haven't had the nerve to open the case since I fell and dropped it. I don't want to cry. I sewed this one and the one I'm making now on a 1964 Brother Prestige. I worked on it for a few hours each day for probably 5 or 6 days with a break in there while I waited for zippers I bought to arrive.

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Open it. I want to see... did it make a breaking noise? Those should be tough.
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Open it. I want to see... did it make a breaking noise? Those should be tough.

Miriam I didn't just drop it. I threw it up in the air when my feet went out from under me falling down the porch steps. The case and I landed at about the same time, me at the bottom of the steps and the machine bounced off my right arm on the step, then flew over me and landed on its back next to me. Remember when I posted pics of my bruises? I don't remember if I heard anything break on the machine, all I remember is hoping that the machine didn't break my arm.

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Oh my. Look at it. You never know. Hey that torch and throw took a LOT of hits from a sledge hammer to even crack the first time. It was harder than we thought it would be but a lot of fun.
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Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly
I want to make a carry bag for my laptop, but I thought my pattern was too big for mine so I made this to test the pattern before I cut into my gorgeous Asian fabrics. I only have 4 FQs of the Asian prints so I needed to be sure. Now I'm sure and can cut the pattern down.
It turned out really well for a first try, and 5 minutes after I finished it I was offered $100 for it. I might just take her up on it but I think I'll wait a while and see if there's more interest. It's a good offer, but I'm still not gonna make anything at that price because of the time it took. It's fully padded with thick foam, fully lined with bound not serged edges, fully lined zippered front pocket and a full size mesh zippered pocket inside. Fits a 17" laptop. Oops, I just realized I forgot to put the green zipper pulls on it I made from lime green marine vinyl.

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Fabulous job, Cari! That looks super sharp! (I know this is old, but couldn't help commenting - I love stuff like this.) Did you ever make the second one? I hope you used the bosal or other thinner padding you mentioned. I'd love to see it!

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OMG! Great job of constructing that bag - but I have to say that it gives me PTSD. We bought a condo that belonged to some SeaHawks fans - and one of the bedrooms was painted in that color scheme!
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LOL Zorba, Seahawk fans are the most enthusiastic in the NFL. I know people who's whole houses and cars are Seahawk colors. Fan ruckus in the stadium has even caused a 2.0 quake, true story -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_Quakehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_Quake


Kim yes, I've made 2 more of these laptop bags. My Asian Kimmi Doll one and one with tiny frogs on it for my mom. I sized the pattern down to fit a 15" lap top. And yes I used the bosal for these, much easier to work with I think.
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LOL Zorba, Seahawk fans are the most enthusiastic in the NFL. I know people who's whole houses and cars are Seahawk colors. Fan ruckus in the stadium has even caused a 2.0 quake, true story -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_Quakehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_Quake


Kim yes, I've made 2 more of these laptop bags. My Asian Kimmi Doll one and one with tiny frogs on it for my mom. I sized the pattern down to fit a 15" lap top. And yes I used the bosal for these, much easier to work with I think.
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Oh my these are fantastic! Really adorable and beautiful and so professional - nailed it! I was looking forward to seeing your Asian print and it did not disappoint - so unique - I love it! And the frogs are too cute! Great job! (Glad to know the bosal worked well - filing that info away for future use!)

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These laptop bags bring back a story...

My last job in IT included maintaining a fleet of loaner laptops. Sometimes, I'd have problems getting them back, despite a 30 day loan period. 99% of the time, the people who were late were males, the females almost always brought theirs back on time. So I found some HOT fuchsia laptop bags, and switched ALL the loaners into them. The guys started bringing theirs back straight away!

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Great story Zorba!  I'll be repeating that...
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The story or the technique? [wink]
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Way cool bags Cari.  Beautiful sewing.  Thanks for sharing pics and info.  
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These laptop bags bring back a story...

My last job in IT included maintaining a fleet of loaner laptops. Sometimes, I'd have problems getting them back, despite a 30 day loan period. 99% of the time, the people who were late were males, the females almost always brought theirs back on time. So I found some HOT fuchsia laptop bags, and switched ALL the loaners into them. The guys started bringing theirs back straight away!


LOL, yeppers, my '69 Chrysler Panther Pink'  1978 Camaro had a similar story. The woman I bought it from had it painted that color because she had 3 teenage sons. [wink][rofl]

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Thanks Linda and Kim. I had the Asian fabrics for a few years waiting for the right project to come along. I got them from a fantastic vendor at a sewing expo. I always buy something from them if I go to the expo, they have gorgeous fabrics and lots of purse patterns. I have lots of FQs and yardage from them.

https://shiboridragon.com/

This year though I won't have as much cash as I've had in previous years so I might end up hitting my limit at the ByAnnie booth, I need more zippers and patterns lol.

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