British Columbia CANADA
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 9/19/12 10:36 AM
My son is in grade 11 and just got his first laptop.
For now he will be using a laptop bag that we had around the house.
I would like to make him one for Christmas. He is a nerd and never asks for anything for himself. He was over the moon to get the laptop.
Does anyone have any pattern suggestions for a lap top bag for a man?
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Member since 9/7/10
Date: 9/19/12 4:14 PM
I got McCalls 6091 for the same reason...a man's laptop bag.
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Member since 2/3/06
In reply to Michelle T
Date: 9/19/12 5:40 PM
Any laptop pattern will work, it's the fabric you use that makes it masculine.
Have a look at the reviews for the You Sew Girl pattern. Melody made a great man's version.
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Member since 5/31/11
Date: 9/19/12 6:16 PM
Honestly, I would just buy a laptop bag from amazon.com. The bags are made of thick nylon material with strong straps. The good ones are well padded and have many compartments for cables, etc. Plus, they don't cost that much.
I think McCall's 6410 or Butterick 5694 would be okay depending upon the fabric choice and slightly modifying the size to accommodate the laptop.
Member since 4/19/10
Date: 9/19/12 7:59 PM
If you're interested, I have a Timbuk2 laptop sleeve for a 15" laptop that I ended up never using. Mssg me if you think that might work.
Member since 2/13/08
In reply to Michelle T
Date: 9/20/12 4:37 AM
What type of style are you looking at - messenger bag, portfolio, backpack? I think the choice of fabric and/or embroidery can really make it a bloke's bag.
Many of the patterns don't have anywhere near the same level of padding as the commercial ones do so you need to be a bit careful with them.
I made a laptop bag for myself recently and looked at quite a few patterns. One of the things I found was that they cater well for the laptop, but not necessarily all the bits that go with them eg powerpack, mouse, phone etc. So you may want to look at how well that fits with your pattern. It is fairly easy to add extra pockets etc. This is my review if you are interested, as it has a lot of modifications done to fit my gear into.
One thing I forgot to do was to have a water-resistant layer, either in the outer fabrics on in the lining.
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New Mexico USA
Member since 5/22/07
Date: 9/20/12 11:19 AM
Some fabric suggestions would be men's suiting fabric, neoprene, or his favorite t-shirt used with the suggestions mentioned before.