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Picture of Soda Tab Chainmail Laptop Bag
This gorgeous bag offers a way to reuse the tabs from soda cans. The final pattern created by the tabs looks a bit like chain maille or fish scales, but either way, it's ever-so stylish.

The dimensions used here perfectly fit a 13" MacBook, but the proportions can be adjusted for other laptops, or to make other bag sizes. To make sure that the laptop will fit, you'll need to be sure to keep your seams as narrow as possible, or add a little bit to all of the pieces to allow for extra room.

This idea was inspired by the bags seen here: http://www.escamastudio.com

You can also make a really really cool bag out of 35mm film - click here to find out how!
 
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

Hardware:
- Scissors
- Sewing needles and straight pins
- Thread (white and black are both used here)
- An iron (optional)

Software:
- Fabric for constructing the bag (black cotton in a medium/heavy weight is used here)
- Fabric for the lining of the bag (a blue and silver silk print is used here)
- A cotton woven-type belt (34" black belt is used here)
- Soda can tabs (a lot of them - so many that you would think you have too many. Just over 1,000 are used here)
- If using as a laptop bag, either some .5-1" foam sheet or a laptop sleeve (depending on your preference. For foam, cut pieces the same size as all of the fabric pieces as described in the next step

Step 2: Cutting Fabric For the Bag

Picture of Cutting Fabric For the Bag
For both the lining and the outer portion of the bag, you'll need the following:

2 pieces 13.5" x 8.5"
2 pieces 8.5" x 3.5"
1 piece 3.5" x 13.5"
1 piece 5.5" x 13.5"

So, in total that's 6 pieces to make the liner, and 6 for the outer portion of the bag. For a different sized bag, just adjust the proportions accordingly.
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quesoman4 years ago
this is amazing........now if i only had a laptop
osgeld quesoman4 years ago
heh, unfortunately I think my old beater of a laptop would be worth less than the aluminum on the bag
m1keo osgeld4 years ago
lol a tab is 10 cents lol
JackBond m1keo2 years ago
Nnnoooo. One tab is nowhere near 10 cents. Maybe 100 or more tabs.
m1keo JackBond2 years ago
My comment is 2 years old, maybe they were 10 cents back then?
JackBond m1keo2 years ago
I don't think they ever were, but okay.
shesparticular (author)  m1keo4 years ago
Wow, really? I always thought it was a price per pound. . .Hmm, good to know since I used about 1,000 :)
what kind is it
oh its a dirt old Texas Instruments, originally a pentium MMX 150mhz i rigged up an amd k6/2 450 to run @ 366mhz, 64mb ram 8 gig disk and 800x600 tft screen

its only used in rare situations lol
shesparticular (author)  quesoman4 years ago
From one hockey fan to another, thanks! :)

Might want to check this out too - it turned out really well I think.
lycoris32 years ago
For as much soda as my friends rink, i should have enough to produce the size that i want in a week. Oy, now to find the cloth I was saving just for something like this....
peaceupgg3 years ago
i am going to try when i get the things and just dont go on a airplane with it hahahhah (cause metal dectores)
shesparticular (author)  peaceupgg3 years ago
Can't wait to hear how it turns out for you!
haha i clicked on this thinking it was real chainmail
Same here but there is instructions on real pop tab chainmail. This is still pretty cool.
aeshem3 years ago
LOVE IT THANK YOU!!
shesparticular (author)  aeshem3 years ago
Thanks!
peaceupgg3 years ago
that looks hard is it
shesparticular (author)  peaceupgg3 years ago
It's not terribly difficult, no.
This bag looks great, very inspiring and I shall give it my best shot, just got to save up the soda tabs. thanks
i have over 2000 ^^
shesparticular (author)  kimjuliesavage4 years ago
Thanks so much! I hope you'll post pictures when you're done!
heatblast4 years ago
NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gruaqt4 years ago
I know its aluminum but wouldn't this thing get kinda heavy?
shesparticular (author)  gruaqt4 years ago
It's actually the same weight or lighter than other laptop bags and purses I've had.
Foaly74 years ago
Wow. A memoir of every can of Red Bull you ever drank, every can of soda you ever slurped, every, every, um I can't think of anything else. :)
Beer?
hojop254 years ago
wow! thanks thats a great way to ruin and scratch my laptop thanks.....looks awesome though
This kind of thing is always lined. Regardless, if you are attempting to keep the non-fuctional outside of your laptop enirely glossy and scratch-free, I would reccomend never touching it, maybe keeping it in a glass case. Or just never open its packaging...
shesparticular (author)  hojop254 years ago
It's actually fully lined, so it can't scratch your laptop.
Fieldownage4 years ago
Rather than using canvas, I would use neoprene and contact some LARP players and ask from them how to make real chainmail.
shesparticular (author)  Fieldownage4 years ago
It's actually a cotton blend, not canvas, though neoprene would be a good choice if one had some on hand.
Sorry for my ignorance on that issue (I was dying say that after looking through). I guess you should be able to buy it from internet or from local retailer.
futeng4 years ago
This would be great for college students as they drink so many cans a day.
topazcat5 years ago
This is awesome! I don't have the patience to make this (or a lap top lol) but your idea could be scaled down to a really cool evening bag instead. You are very creative!
shesparticular (author)  topazcat5 years ago
Thanks so much! If you check out the site that inspired it, there are a lot of other bag styles that can be made the same way and would look great.
amakerguy5 years ago
shesparticular (author)  amakerguy5 years ago
That's so nice of you, thanks!
amakerguy5 years ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I would have to drink a lot of soda!!
Very very cool!!!
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