Stylish Laptop Portage

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!

Sleeves

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.

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I put lots of pockets inside the totes and it has a zipper closure with a beaded zipper pull.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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27 thoughts on “Stylish Laptop Portage

  1. I second that–almost wish I had a laptop just so I could buy one of these! They really are a winner, Suzy. Just like you!

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  2. When I read your post, I could not only smile. Two weeks ago my husband, who keeps his laptop in a backpack, asked me to make a sleeve as yet I have not done, I said there was “misleading advertising.”

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  3. I love the fabric that you used for Amy’s bag. You are sooo talented…but you knew that. Seriously…did that bag in the prior posts pictures (the one with the orchid) sell? ..I love the colors in that one. I will have to check my Christmas lists…someone may have been nice enough to warrant a set of bags…Susan xxoo

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  4. Love this Idea. They are Beautiful. I will be back, My mother takes her Laptop to her Sewing Class every week. What a Lovely and Stylish way to carry it… Jamie

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  5. I do not have a lap top but wish I did so I could have one of your sleves and totes. So very pretty. Mary

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  6. Hello
    I have so enjoyed browsing through your blog..
    Thank you for your visit the other day.
    You have a wonderful talent and I sooo love your jewellery frame.. inspired!
    Michele

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  7. My boring black nylon bag is so not making me happy now…I need to show your Ebay site to my hubby, what with Christmas coming and him needing a nudge here and there! Oh these are so cute and I have never seen anything like that! You are so talented 🙂
    Hugs,
    Dena

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  8. Oh my goodness! Those are absolutely stunning, you are freakin’ brilliant and I MUST have one!!! Where’s that dratted Christmas list…fumble, fumble… Ah ha! Momma needs a new computer case and matching tote!!
    ~Angela 🙂

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  9. GORGEOUS!!! And oh so very practical too!! Your craftsmanship and artistic flair coupled with good old yankee ingenuity have combined into quite a product here – bravo!!
    I’m Becky from Just Bee ‘n Me and will be hosting a free Christmas Gift Guide on my blog featuring
    artisans who sell their wares online and I would love to include a link to your beautiful work with your permission. I couldn’t find an email address for you to mail you the information, so this was the only way I knew to let you know about it and introduce myself (I left a similar message over at Beth’s place too, BTW). If you’d like to know more, you can just drop me a line at bschultea@yahoo.com or leave a comment at my place – like I said, it’s free, and I just want to see a long full list of artisans – your link would be a perfect addition!! Get those laptop holders and all your other fine work into as many hands as possible!!
    Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Becky Schultea
    http://justbeenme.blogspot.com

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  10. GORGEOUS!!! And oh so very practical too!! Your craftsmanship and artistic flair coupled with good old yankee ingenuity have combined into quite a product here – bravo!!
    I’m Becky from Just Bee ‘n Me and will be hosting a free Christmas Gift Guide on my blog featuring
    artisans who sell their wares online and I would love to include a link to your beautiful work with your permission. I couldn’t find an email address for you to mail you the information, so this was the only way I knew to let you know about it and introduce myself (I left a similar message over at Beth’s place too, BTW). If you’d like to know more, you can just drop me a line at bschultea@yahoo.com or leave a comment at my place – like I said, it’s free, and I just want to see a long full list of artisans – your link would be a perfect addition!! Get those laptop holders and all your other fine work into as many hands as possible!!
    Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Becky Schultea
    http://justbeenme.blogspot.com

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  11. Sorry to post that twice :o( – I saw it up on the screen as if it didn’t go through, but there it is again – my apologies – now you have 3 from me! Oops…

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  12. I’ve being searching about Bags and reading your blog, I found your post very helpful. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading.

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