Monday, September 15, 2014

Gizmo Garage - Laptop bag Pattern Testing

Thanks once again to Christine for letting me test another of her great bags!!  I saw her sneak peek of a laptop bag on her blog, and volunteered right away to test because my oldest had just gotten her very own laptop and needed a bag!  Perfect timing!  The Gizmo Garage is a fun bag that has some nice detailing that isn't really as difficult as it might look.  I love all the different looks the testers came up with, and any time I see something I made on a popular blog, it makes me feel like I'm one of the cool kids!  LOL! 

(Embroidery from, matched the fabric almost perfectly!)

(Back Ipad pocket)
(It has an adjustable strap for cross-body wear)
I let my oldest pick the fabric from my stash and she of course chose a good one, Salt Water.  I reluctantly cut into it since I only had a yard, but now I need to buy more, right!?! (Note to self, start buying at least 2 yards of fabric no matter what)  I used some Kona cotton I found at my local Joann's for the solids, and the hardware I picked up at my local leather shop.  The pattern called for a little over a yard of the patterned fabric, so I had to do some creative cutting.  I ended up doing one pocket in my solid color and the back of one of the fancy pieces. (I had plenty of the grey!) 

(Inside with laptop and charger cord in one pocket)
(Still pretty slim even stuffed full of laptop, Ipad and charger cord!)
The laptop we have is a Dell Inspiron, with outside measurements of  15" x 10.2" x 1" at the thickest edge, so I decided to try the medium size.  The height is perfect, and it is snug inside the pocket, but if I ever make another one, I might try the large size, just to have more room, or at least add on about a half inch to the width of the bag. 
(My little embroidery machine, going to town on the design.  I don't cut my fabric first, in case I need to fix the centering)
(What bag is complete without Cthulhu??) -- A special request by my oldest.

I wish I knew more people that needed laptop bags, I would love an excuse to make more!  LOL!


  1. It turned out so well--I like your color choices! I bet it was fun collaborating with your daughter--I really enjoy doing the same with mine when the opportunity arises. Maybe your daughter's friends will notice her bag and tell their moms! :)


  2. Thanks! The colors are even prettier in person, she did a great job picking them out! Sometimes they come up with some interesting combos, but at least they have fun!

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