Friday, March 21, 2014
Rocket Age Laptop Bag
I bought my old laptop bag when I got hired as an assistant principal back in 2008, so it wasn't much of a surprise when the handles started breaking last month. Just about that time my friends at Riley Blake Fabrics sent me a few prints from their cute new Rocket Age collection. It was destiny, I tell you...
Even though I have three little girls in my house, I can appreciate the need for boy-friendly fabrics, and these are just about perfect as far as I'm concerned. I love the subtlety of the navy Rocket Blast print, and the clever retro details in the Rocket Ads design. The Rocket System print makes a nice lining for the laptop sleeve that I sewed to go along with the case. I actually based the design of my bag on some vintage military map bags I've seen on Etsy in the past year like this one. They're full of pockets and compartments for tools and writing utensils -- just the sort of thing that I like. Wide cotton webbing made a great crossbody strap, and I used a narrower piece of webbing along with a lobster clasp and D-ring to rig up a bag closure.
As always, there are a few things that I can improve on next time, but overall I'm quite happy with my new bag. I took it out for a test run today so that I could do some work on my book away from the house, and it was definitely a success.
Don't you just love it when that happens?