Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stylish Laptop Case!

Fall is in the air....

The temperature when I got up this morning was 50 degrees....brrrr

We went to the State Fair....I bought this cool poster and can't wait to frame it.

We drove along some country roads and cut wild sunflowers.


Today is the first day of school!

It's time to pack my school bag....or in my case my laptop bag!

My school provides a laptop for each teacher....along with a REALLY ugly laptop bag that looks like a suitcase.
Even worse....when you want to take your computer OUT of the bag.....you have to put the bag on the desk or table, unzip it, take the computer out, rezip the bag.....yadda yadda...

Remember the definition of style and elegance?

I obviously needed to find a "Sweetwater Style" solution....here it is!

This is my Summer laptop case.....a straw bag I found at a thrift store!

Here is my Fall laptop case....probably one of my all time scores at GW.....a Brahmin bag for $8!

If you don't know this brand...high quality leather...very high end....lah di dah me!

I bet YOU can find a great bag at a thrift store that would work for you...or maybe you already have something!

Anyway.....you can't just throw your laptop in any bag... it needs to be protected with some padding!

I use a very thin piece of foam....I honestly don't remember where I got this, but a piece of quilt batting would work too!

 Then I cut a piece of fabric to make a cover for the foam....
do you recognize the print from my living room chairs...it was leftover...and I love the print!

I sewed a seam at one end and then folded it so the seam was in the center of one side.  This leaves nice folded edges at each end.
 Then I sewed the side seams leaving an opening to insert the foam.

I turned it right sides out....gave it a good pressing and inserted the foam.

 I used fusible web to close the open part of the seam, and I was done!
Total time....probably about 15 minutes....
The thing that took the longest was deciding what fabric to use....

Here is a view of the pad before it is in the computer...

I just slip it into the bag.....

Tuck my laptop in.....
Now when I get where I am going...I just slip the computer out and am good to go!
And NOW I am ready for school......hope all the teachers are nice to me today!
Linking to these parties:
 Threading My Way
 Southern Hospitality
 To Sew With Love
Blue Cricket Designs 
Linkin With Luna
Quilt StoryRunning with Glitter

Newlyweds on a Budget
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Reasons to Skip the Housework

So Creative
Trendy Tree House

Sew Much Ado

Women Who Do it All   Thrifty Decorating

Making it With Allie
Saved by Love Creations
Check Me Out Saturday 
Kissed By A Frog
Finger Click Savers
Stuff and Nonsense

The Answer is Chocolate
THe Shabby Nest

Sassy Sites
Homemaker in Heels
A little Knick Knack

Anne Marie Brei Blog
Craft Envy

Craft Schooling Sund
Creating really Awesome Free Things
Rhinestone Beagle


Kei said...

Looks lovely! Could do with making one of those for my laptop!

Pam said...

Great idea! Looks like you really snapped up a bargain with the Brahmin bag. Hope the kids are nice to you today! ..... Pam (a teacher also)

Cathy said...

This is a wonderful idea! I have some bags I have been saving that I am not quite ready to part with. Now a new idea for those bags. Thank You Mary!

Connie said...

What a great idea! love that Brahmin bag!

Beeb said...

How cute!

I am a new GFC follower from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Fantastic idea! I love the fabric you used. THanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House

Vicky said...

That is so creative. You are going to be coolest and the envy of everyone there!

I am a new follower from the Footloose and Fancy Free Weekend Hop. If you have a chance, stop by http://messforless.blogspot.com and say hi!

Brave Brooke said...

Wow what a find! I love the addition of the case! The fabric is so cute!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I love it and it works just perfect in the fabulous bag!! Such pretty fabric! I would love for you to link up Thursday (actually it starts tonight) to It’s a Party!

creativejewishmom/sara said...

Love this idea! Thanks so very much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday and for taking the time to make a button for my party! all the best!

Karie @ The HoB said...

Love the idea!!

Rhinestone Beagle said...

What a great idea. Good luck at school. Thanks for posting at the Rhinestone Beagle!

To Sew With Love said...

What a clever idea! I hope you'd have a great school year this year ^^) Thanks for sharing this with us. have a lovely day...


Jenni said...

Hello my new friend! Just wanted to say thank you for linking up with the frog last week! Hope you join in the fun again tomorrow!! Especcially since you are the new FROG FAVORITE FRIEND of the week!
Thanks a million,

Jenni said...

Oh and I could not find a button for your blog. If you have one, please email me the code or where it is located so that I can add it to my side bar.
Thanks again!

Cindy said...

Brilliant idea!! I'll be looking for a bag to make one for myself! Thanks!

raising4princesses said...

Thank you so very much for joining the T’ Time Link Party last week! I really love to see all the wonderful ideas. Link parties are also a great way to get your blog out there for others to see. Hope to see you today! Maria Raising4Princesses

Pam said...

Such a simple idea, but so very clever!!! Thanks for linking up...