WOOHOO....I am soooo happy that I can now bring you this laptop bag! As per usual, I ended up complicating this for myself by adding extras to the pattern instead of just leaving as is and finishing it off! LOL
This time it is in the form of extra sizes. Yep, this pattern includes both the pattern pieces AND cutting measurements for not one or two BUT THREE size variations so it is easier to make a laptop bag that is just the right size for your laptop!
This has been a true learning curve for me! I soon found out not all laptops are created equal and no matter what the manufacturers 'size' specifies, the laptops vary greatly in actual product dimensions! So with this in mind, I have created a sizing guide to help you choose which bag size best suits YOUR laptop! The sizing guide comes included with the pattern BUT you can download it by clicking here so you can check if your laptop is going to fit one of the sizes provided!
Ok....Now for some info about the pattern! :)
The Gizmo Garage comes in three sizes, with plenty of storage pockets to keep you organised! This spacious laptop bag boasts a front flap closing with a hook and D ring, hiding a large exterior slip pocket (perfect for paperwork) that has a smaller slip pocket and pen pocket inside.
There are also two big pleated slip pockets, perfect for housing your laptop charger and cords. The main opening houses up to a 17” laptop in the larger version of the bag and up to a 15” laptop in the medium version and up to a 13” in the small version. Please refer to sizing guide to help you choose the correct size for your laptop! This main area is free from any other pockets to protect your laptop from scratches or external damage due to rubbing!
Turn the bag around and you’ll see another padded pleated pocket with magnetic snap flap closure, perfect for your iPad. Comes complete with an adjustable shoulder strap (as well as a grab strap) so you can carry it multiple ways, or just grab and go.
Approx. size of SMALL version: W 21.5cm X H 35.5cm X D 5cm. (W 8 1/2" X H 14" X D 2")
Approx. size of MEDIUM version: W 24cm x H 40.5cm x D 5cm. (W 9 ½” X H 16” X D 2")
Approx. size of LARGE version: W 26cm X H 43cm X D 5cm. (W 10 1/4" X H 17" X D 2")
I used Aurifil #40 thread to make all of my Gizmo Garage prototype bags and I must say Aurifil thread is AWESOME and no, I haven't been paid to say that! LOL The particular sample shown in the above and below photos is from the Arizona collection by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics. I teamed it with a Robert Kaufmann denim, both of which I got from Hawthorne Threads.
Hardware can be obtained from Janelle of Emmaline Bags.
OK....So let's check out some tester photos! :)
This gorgeous bag is by Norma of Norma's Bag Boutique:
Don't you just LOVE those owls?
Next up is Maria of Mia Creates. Maria never fails to impress with her fabulous stitchery!
Don't you just LOVE this red lining?
Next up is Liz's (Moments) fabulous bag:
Next up is Lorena's (My Way of...) version:
Lorena chose bean bag fabric in Navy blue for the main fabric. I had never heard of bean bag fabric before. She tells me this is an water repellent fabric which is like canvas but is polyester instead of cotton. hmmmm...I may just have to give it a try sometime....that's if i can find it1 LOL Her accent fabric is pleather in chocolate brown.
Next up is Marilyn of Shades of Bold:
Next up is Stacey of j♥s milani & co. ....This is just beautiful, don't you agree?
Check out this gorgeous version by Rachel.....Rachel chose to add some embroidery to her bag! Awesome! I just invested in an embroidery machine, only it is still in it's box because I just haven't had time to play! Talk about FRUSTRATION! LOLLL
Next up is Stephanie of My Calico Heart. I think this version is gorgeous:
I really LOVE greens! Patricia also used gorgeous greens for her version:
Last BUT definitely not least is Trish's FUN summery version....
So that's it! ....I truly LOVE each and every one of these bags! Many thanks goes out to my wonderful testers and my proof Reader Rochelle of of esheep designs. I really couldn't do this job without these wonderful helpers! I am SOOOO lucky!! I feel confident I am bringing you a quality pattern as free of errors as I can possibly make it! :)
So now I hope you are feeling inspired and ready to sew up a storm? ...You can find the pattern for The Gizmo Garage in my pattern shop HERE!