Laptop Bag Tutorial

fabric laptop bag
I just whipped up this super easy laptop bag and I am loving it!  I had been using a hand me down case from my husband that looked like it was made out of an old wetsuit.  I like this much better!

fabric laptop bag tutorial

Just for fun, I added a ruffle to the front and a zippered pocket to the inside lining.

I squared off the corners (also called making gussets).  It’s hard to describe, but easy to do.  There are lots of great tutorials out there – give it a Google.  I stitched a 1.5” long seam across the corners to make my gussets.

squaring off corners
Making gussets will give your bag a nice flat bottom.

Squared off or gusset corners
Here are a couple photos of the last steps.  Pin the lining to the outside of the bag, turning the raw edges under.

final laptop bag construction Then slip the handles in and pin.

laptop bag final steps
Topstitch everything together and you’re done!

fabric laptop bag tutorial

41 thoughts on “Laptop Bag Tutorial

  1. This is fabulous! I just got a new laptop and now I have two sitting out on my kitchen counter. I was JUST thinking last night that I would really be much more inclined to move one (or both) into the office if I had a killer laptop bag with a cute ruffle to put it in. haha! And now you post this very thing to inspire me. Thanks so much!

  2. this is a lovely bag. i have been meaning to make one for my laptop for a while – must get to it.
    I really like the link at the bottom with all of the linky parties in it. that is another idea to try out as it would save heaps of time when linking. would you please do a post on how to create such a link? – still a newby at all this.

  3. That is so cool. I really want to make one too now. My mom got me a netbook for my birthday and all I got for it was a pink wetsuit holder thing. That was all they had.
    I think mine will have to have room for the dvd player that I bought extra for it and for the cord. I always miss those two. Hmm, all the posibilities.

  4. absolutlety delightful! very well done! I hopped over from "A Soft Place to Land" and I am so happy that I did! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same!

  5. This is the cutest laptop bag I've ever seen! I love it. And that ruffle is so perfect.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  6. Darn it I can't sew! I love this.. It turned out great! I can send you my address so you can mail one to me….LOL
    Seriously, this turned out great!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

  7. What an adorable bag. I've been wanting a bag for my laptop but the ones in the stores are ugly and all the tutorials I've come across online just aren't what I've been wanting. THIS one though I have got to make. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful tutorial.

  8. Love your bag and your tutorial is fantastic!! I was able to make one of my own – love the tip about the gusset. Many thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this laptop bag! I'm been thinking of making one for each of my daughters for X-mas. Now I have the directions on where to start!
    Suzie @

  10. Buying a decent bag for your laptop can turn into an epic quest if you're at all picky—there are a hundred bulky or badly built bags our there, and some flat-out ugly ones that look like they were designed by camels. A member of Ask Metafilter posted the following request earlier today: "I need a bag for a man with a computer." His qualifications included that it should be padded, stylish, affordable, and not too bulky.

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