Intro: Neoprene Laptop Bag.
Have no use for your old wetsuits? Try this, make safe secure, soft and waterproof bags out of old
Anyway the result is lush soft and bouncy, waterproof, and orange. All things I like, plus it will
stretch to fit two notebooks and a burrito. I got overzealous and even built a matching ipod case
that has seen dozens of falls cradling my music machine.
While I don?t think it is enough to start an O?Neill wetsuits type business, it is a fun bag, gets very
noticed (by hipsters not thieves) and makes me feel like I foiled the landfill again. All that and it
only took about 4 hours.
Step 1: This Is What You Are Aiming At.
a snug fitting, squishy bag for your precious electronics.
Step 2: Plans / Pattern
Determine the size of your computer. Cut your neoprene front and rear covers a little oversized.
Step 3: Choose Your Neoprene.
Neoprene is a closed-cell foam. Closed cell foams are basically thousands of tiny bubbles surrounded by rubber where none of the bubbles join any others. This confers their water-proofness. Open cell foams are those where all the bubbles intersect and overlap. These become waterlogged and don?t trap air which is a better insulator than any plastic or rubber by itself.
Step 4: Stitching
Neoprene can be hand stitched, and this also gives a wonderful Frankenstein aesthetic, but it?s a lot faster to use a sewing machine, and you?ll be able to make more mistakes without feeling guilty about starting over. Most strong home sewing machines will do the trick, just make sure you use a large denim needle and thick polyester thread. I have sail maker?s Dacron thread which is perfect, but not necessary. If your machine is weak you may need to manually help the poor little motor by winding with the machine and the down-stroke and letting it find it?s own way home coming back up. Slow- but better than hand stitching. If it?s really thick better results can be had by lifting the foot completely to accommodate your wad of material. I put my seams on the outside. I?d like to say that was to make it look cool, which I think it does, but it was really because that was easier after I forgot to turn it all inside out.
Step 5: Seams on Outside.
Step 6: Pockets.
When I finished sewing the thing I realized the bag needed pockets for batteries, power packs, passports and a toothbrush, and so I placed a couple of squares of neoprene on the inside. Because it is stretchy its pretty tolerant to low accuracy.
Step 7: Shoulder Strap
I reinforced the sides with old polyester hiking boot laces which tied in a loop fastened perfectly to the shoulder strap I found on old airport luggage offered to the gods by the side of the road.
Step 8: Closing Straps and Fasteners
To clip it all together a couple of abandoned shopping carts donated their child restraint belts, appropriately in not-matching colors. Apparently its illegal to use parts from abandoned shopping carts.
Step 9: Bonus Leftover Ipod Case..
OK, so i got carried away here --- the pattern should be obvious from the photos.