It was just one of those serendipitous moments when that light bulb goes off in your head and a fabulous idea is born. Two years ago I received my first laptop as a gift from my husband. I travel quite frequently for my job and I needed to keep in touch and stay on top of my eBay store where I sell mostly handcrafted totes and purses created by me from vintage fabrics.
After owning it for about a month I started looking around for a protective sleeve that would secure it from scratches and dust while traveling around in my car and in and out of hotel rooms. The only alternatives at that time were black, black and more black. Mr GeorgiaPeachez (who is always fiscally conservative) casually said "why don’t you make one?" I pondered that for a moment and then the light bulb went bing!
I have been selling these in my eBay store ever since. The customer provides me with the exterior dimensions of their laptop and I custom make the sleeve to fit.
I have recently expanded into laptop totes and I make custom sleeves to match. Here is one that I just finished for a customer out of a favorite Laura Ashley fabric.
I put lots of pockets inside the totes and it has a zipper closure with a beaded zipper pull.
This next one is my own laptop sleeve and tote. I made this before I started adding zippered closures. I used a magnetic snap on the tote. This is one of my all time favorite barkcloths. Very Art Deco!
This is a pretty laptop tote that I made using Cath Kidston fabrics and I took it to The Cottage for the Holiday Open House. This tote went home with my new friend Amy of Inspireco. I made her a matching laptop sleeve and she is going to carry it to Silver Bella later this week!
This laptop tote is made from a gorgeous piece of japanese cotton that I procured at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show this past winter. I paired it with ultrasuede and it turned out quite nice.
I am going to be making more of these one of a kind totes and matching sleeves from my inventory of vintage fabrics. They will go into my Etsy shop. I am happy to take custom orders too.
Every girl deserves a beautiful tote for her laptop, leave the boring black nylon bags for the guys!