See Ya Later - A Laptop Bag

Welcome to my stop on the "See Ya Later, Alligator" Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin in the Sticks.

The Challenge: 

Create something to do with TRAVEL.
Anything from places to go, to how you get there, and anything in between.
Maybe even an alligator?
You decide!  
The theme is really your own interpretation, surprise us!



I decided to make a quilted laptop bag for the challenge. When I go away on holiday, I usually like to bring my MacBook along on the trip. For blogging and those sorts of things, but also for when there's downtime and we want to watch a film or show on Netflix.

To make the bag, I used a fun cicada print - designed by Jocelyn Proust. I think I bought it during the sales last year from Spotlight. Could have been earlier this year (I've lost track of time).

I started by heavily quilting the fabric piece in straight lines, using my machine foot as the guide. I decided on Aurifil 50wt in a soft coral colour for the quilting which has blended in quite nicely and not detracted from the print.




Rather than argue with a zipper, I decided to just create a little flap with velcro to hold the laptop in place. The outer is the same cicada print and the underside is the same fabric as the bag lining.


I used cotton webbing tape in a neutral cream colour for the handles. I bought a big roll of this tape years ago and it seems to be never-ending. 


Making this bag was quite simple and quick. The quilting took the longest, but once the panel was ready, I put the bag together in an evening. 

Here are the bloggers hopping along with me today. Go check out what travel inspired projects everyone has made. 



For the full schedule of participants this week, please visit Creatin in the Sticks. Thanks to Carla for inspiring another fun blog hop. 

31 comments

Chookyblue...... said...

the bag looks great well done......

Kathy E. said...

Beautiful bag for traveling with your Mac! It sure beats the look of my no-personality black canvas bag! I much prefer the use of the velcro strips over a zipper...it really adds an extra special touch. Great job!

Karen's Korner said...

The perfect travelling companion.

loulee said...

The perfect little bag. Nice finish.

Lianne makes stuff said...

Your bag looks great well done

Lin said...

Pretty and practical - perfect. xx

lynn said...

Pretty and practical. I like it! Keeping my mac book close by is something I like as well.

Inflorescencedesigns said...

Beautiful bag. I love the simplicity of it and I really like the Verco vs using a zipper. That cicada print is awesome!

Carol said...

Cool bag! I like the velcro closure and I like the blue squares at the ends of the handles and closure. Nice accents for such a handy bag! Thanks for sharing this, Anorina!

tink's mom said...

This is a great idea. I recently made one for my Nook (without straps) to protect it in my Nap Sack or tote for travel. I have a tendency to throw things in my bags without thinking about what might be down at the bottom getting abused.

Calicojoan said...

What a fun fabric for your Mac. I am with you on zippers for them and velcro flaps make it so much easier to get into when your on the go.

Carla said...

Who couldn't use this when traveling? It's perfect! Love your fabric and the quilting. I, too, would rather have velcro closure, especially when wrestling with a bag in the airplane. Thank you for the inspiration!

LJ said...

I'm so glad you mentioned the cicada print. I thought the bag was perfectly done and noticed the dark blue print but not the cicadas on the other print. Oh, those cicadas can be so noisy! A great idea.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great idea!

Karrin Hurd said...

Great idea for a laptop bag. I love the fabric. Thanks so much for sharing!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Beautiful bag! I really like the fabric you used too.

Lori Smanski said...

what a beautiful and useful bag. thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Antigone said...

Beautiful fabric and a great bag altogether!! Did you just use one big set of 3 layers (top & bottom fabric with batting in the middle) and then folded it or 2 sets of the 3 layers that you sewed together? I want to make one myself but think that maybe it would be better if I do it the 2nd way. What do you think?

Susan said...

Darling bag! After last year's 17-year cicada cycle, if I never see or hear another one, I won't mind. LOL

Charlene McCain said...

Beautiful bag! I love the cicada print and how you quilted the whole piece. I also like to carry my laptop with me when I travel, so I just may have to make this. Thank you for sharing.

Quilting Gail said...

We all need to protect our laptops! Your bag is perfect for that!
Happy Quilting!

Carol S. said...

Your bag is a beautiful way to hold a laptop and the Velcro is a great closer for it. The cicadas are much cuter and quieter on your bag than they are on the trees around here! Thanks for sharing!

Danice G said...

Really pretty and useful bag. It is always a good idea ot protect those laptops when travelling.

Carol Andrews said...

Great laptop bag Anorina. I love the cicada fabric and agree the Velcro is a nice tough!

Sharon L. said...

Great bag for the laptop. This can be done for a tablet also and make it easier to carry.

Sharon said...

Very nice! I need to make a better bag for my laptop; the one that I use isn't padded, and I like your idea. Thanks for sharing!

Fiona said...

Great idea, i will need one in a month so might just add it to my list! love that fabric.

Hugz

Leah said...

The bag turned out lovely. Love that fabric. Nighttime isn't the same around here without the music of the cicadas.

Ondrea said...

Great idea for the lappy. Looks great.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

That's just perfect for a laptop! I need to make me one, at the moment I just wrap mine up in a quilt and put it in a shopping bag, lol! Yours is much better! xx

FlourishingPalms said...

Such a nice bag! It's very practical, and pretty at the same time. It was such a good idea to densely quilt the fabrics because I'm sure that makes it more sturdy. And those handles are perfect - nice and thick, so there's no chance of losing hold of that precious computer. You did a really nice job with this.