Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pinterest Challenge - Laptop Bag

It is August already.  How did that happen?!  I could give you a bunch of excuses for why I haven't blogged since the middle of May, but I'm not going to.  Instead, I am just going to jump right back in like I haven't been gone.

Have you heard of Pinterest?  It is like an online inspiration board and you can "pin" pictures from all over the internet.  Let me tell you, it is very addictive.  And fun. Well, today I was catching up on some blog reading and came across some gals who were hosting a Pinterest Challenge.  It just so happens that I created a project last week using inspiration from Pinterest.

This spring I finally joined the world of laptop users.  Since then, I have been searching for just the right bag to hold my laptop.  When I came across the picture below, I knew I had found "the one."

{The original source for this bag is craftycpa.blogspot.com.}

Here is my version:

I love the way it turned out!  And the best part is that I had everything I needed for this project.  The feed sack was a thrift store find, I think.  I've had it for quite awhile, so I really don't remember.  It was the perfect width for my 17" computer.  I guess it was meant to be!  The strap is made from wide jute webbing leftover from a previous project (and purchased at WalMart).  I folded it in half and stitched down both sides.
I liked the look of this old military bar, so I pinned it on.  It was in a jar of buttons from the thrift store. 
The flower is made from scraps and an old button.
Here is a little peek of the lining fabric.  It was just a piece from my fabric stash.  It isn't vintage fabric, but has the look.  Between the lining and the exterior is a layer of neoprene fabric that I found at the local consignment store.  I guess it is the one thing I purchased with a laptop bag in mind. 
This pocket is just right for my power cord.  I purchased a few of these shot bags from an auction a couple weeks ago.  I knew I could find a use for them.

Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to create a laptop bag that i really love.  I actually rarely take my computer out of the house, but now I want to take it along wherever I go just so I can use my new bag!

I am linking up to the Pinterest Challenge.  Be sure to check out all the other great projects.


Bee said...

This is really neat Vanessa. I have a lovely vision of taking a laptop to a coffee shop in a great bag like this, sipping coffee, and reading blogs....

Jill said...

Sorry, that was me, Jill not Bee my daughter who was signed in. :)

Heidi said...

LOL, Vanessa....I saw that you had pinned some pictures of totes/bags/carriers! Your's turned out perfect! ~Heidi