I think it's been about 3 months since I sat down and sewed something. Really? Yes, it has been wayyy too long. So to break up the monotony, I decided it was time for a laptop bag. Since my life is centered around work and work is my life, why not mesh the two?
I found a cute little pattern but ended up getting a laptop that was too big so I needed to modify it a smidge. The pattern is from Sew Liberated and is called "Mischievous gnome messenger bag". First, the dimensions for the finished bag are 13 x 15. The laptop that it needed to hold is 17x15 so I added 3" to the width. Also, instead of interfacing I used fusible fleece for the outer portion of the bag. This resulted in a cushion for the laptop and I feel, a much more substantial bag.
At the new dimensions, it looks a little large but what can I do? It needed to hold my laptop and receipts and magazines and whatever else I stuffed in it. Did I mention, I no longer need to workout because I lift weights (i.e.- messenger bag)?
A few other modifications, I added magnetic snaps (the magnet went on the flap) to hold it closed. I figured it is safe to have the magnets on the flap with several layers between the laptop screen and the electromagnetic force. Sorry, a little physics slipped:) I will let you know if it becomes a really bad idea. Inside I used a jeans zipper for the inner pocket- scratchy to the hands but otherwise nice looking.
Pictures will follow when I find the darn charger for the camera...
Oh, btw, I'm back to sewing again:)