Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Inexpensive Laptop Bag

I recently purchased a laptop. The monitor is 15.6" and standard is 15.4" which meant your traditional bag would not accommodate my needs. I would have to purchase a bag for a 17" monitor. I wanted something cheery, perhaps feminine, etc. It would not be used for air travel so there was room for flexibility.

I thought of sewing my own bag but that meant precious time away from my knitting.

This is what I found at Jo'Ann's on sale. Final price after I tell you more.

It is a reversible, foam-padded canvas bag.

I added a button closure (used another coupon) with a twisted cord.

The bag has both an inside and outside pocket almost the full height of the bag which is perfect for my computer battery and cord. The inside pocket holds my wireless mouse. I added the D-ring side closures.

Total cost............approximately $12.50. A laptop bag at "Best Buy" will cost you from $35-$75. Needless to say, I am pleased.

Lizzie and I often compare ways to cut costs during these difficult economic times. I was the queen of frugal when it wasn't fashionable so I am used to it.

One of the blogs I read is "Poor Girl Eats Well". I don't consider myself poor but merely a smart shopper.

Happy Knitting!


  1. This bag is very cute. Good job!

  2. I need to go shopping w/you! Talk about bargains & the bag & all the extras are so nice, too!

  3. Very nice bag.
    I've always been frugal, both by inclination and necessity... 8)

  4. What a clever, and fashionable, idea! I hope to be able to afford a laptop later this year. I will keep that idea in mind.

    I am also frugal, and like you, long before it was cool. ;-) I've always found it challenging to find ways to cut costs.

  5. That's a really cute bag :) It's sounds perfect.

  6. You go, girlfriend! Good job!

    I love to wander through JoAnns and Micheal's to see what I can find to use for other than it's intended purpose! It's a very creative activity.

  7. Me, I would never have figured out why my laptop didn't fit in the other bags. Congratulations on the new computer! And the nice bag.

  8. Great job on finding such a pretty bag at a great price. :)

  9. I love your bag, and especially the ways you improved it!

  10. Oh I'm so glad I read this today! I'm in the final deciding stages before I order a new laptop and I was trying to find an afford carry bag. I love frugal finds. :)

  11. Till today i never thought of cutting cost i spend money without thinking. Today you changed my mind. I will now try to cut costs not only on these but several other products. Thank you for giving such a great idea.