So when my aunt, two cousins, and I decided to take a tote bag sewing class locally, I thought it would be the perfect chance to make myself a new laptop bag! It turned out better than I had hoped for.
I used a random assortment of fabrics I already had – some Heather Bailey, some Erin McMorris, and some Amy Butler. It took a total of 36 charm squares (more if you add pockets), which I cut myself by simply cutting six 5-inch squares from each of 7 fabrics (I had a few left over, which I could have used for pockets but chose not to).
Each side of the bag is 4 blocks wide and 3 blocks tall. I used 1/4″ seams, and once they were pieced together, I used fusible fleece on the backside. I then did some free motion quilting on each side.
To make the handles, I pieced 10 squares together, backed with fusible fleece, then folded the long raw edges into the middle, and folded the entire piece in half. I sewed 1/4″ from each side, and a line down the middle. Then I just chopped the long strip right in half to make two handles. These handles will definitely be easy on my shoulders!
For the interior I used some super soft Minky fabric. I used fusible lightweight interfacing to give it some structure and reduce the stretch – it sews much better that way!
I also made a little flap to keep my laptop secure inside by using two charm squares, one lined with fusible fleece. I attached the snap, then did some free motion quilting on top.
I then put the bag together, making sure to install the other half of my snap, and box the corners to give it some depth. I used a box stitch over the strap handles to make sure they could hold the weight of my laptop. And voila! A lovely new laptop bag that took only a few hours.