Sew a Laptop Bag – Reader Tutorial

Sew a Laptop Bag
Sew a Laptop Bag

Today we have a wonderful Tutorial submitted by reader Roseann Marsett! Roseann created this fabulous Laptop Bag or Satchel. I think it’s really lovely and a fabulous Handmade Gift Idea for any time of the year!


  1. Patisserie Graphic from The Graphic Fairy
  2. Laptop Satchel Pattern from Vanilla House designs
  3. 1 pack Avery 8 1/2 x 11 Light Fabric Transfers for Ink Jet
  4. 2 yards fabric (I did not do internal pockets – If you want to do that add 1/4 yd
  5. 1 yd of Peltex interfacing.
  6. thread, rotary cutting tools, bias tape.

I used the French Patisserie Sign Graphic on plain linen fabric and the Laptop Satchel pattern from Vanilla House designs.

Step 1) Choose your graphic, print and position on the satchel front fabric. I first printed the graphic, reverse, on Avery Fabric Transfer paper. This is an iron on transfer which I centered on a large enough piece of fabric so that when I cut out the pattern I would have the graphic exactly where I wanted it. After cutting out all the pattern pieces I then assembled the satchel.It should be a little more than 1/3 down since the handle area will be cut out of the front. Remember there is a seam allowance on the bottom edge and you will be sewing bias binding on the outside edges also.

Step 2) Complete sewing as per pattern instructions. I left out the zippered pocket and the regular pocket as well since they really aren’t needed in this satchel. The most difficult part of this entire project is when you are applying the bias tape to the two bottom rounded corners. it’s best to start the curve a little higher. I sewed the front on with machine and the back by hand to ensure all stitching was covered.

Tip: I followed the pattern exactly using only the one fabric. It can be made with contrasting fabrics but I thought the monochrome really enabled the graphic to stand out.

This will be a Christmas present for my daughter. She will use it for her files and presentations or he notebook computer.
This was easy to make and the total cost including the transfer paper was under $25. However, the transfer paper ($12) has 6 sheets in the package so they could be used for additional projects which would reduce the cost per project considerably.
They turned out so well that I’m making a second one right now with the Ville de Saint Denis vintage graphic for my daughter in law.


Thanks so much Roseanne for sharing this Tutorial with all of us, I think the Laptop Bag turned out great and I bet your daughter loved it!!

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  1. Denise Young says:

    Great job, Roseann. Looks beautiful and practical.

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