Design It: Sew a Barbour Inspired Laptop Bag
I have decided to take on a challenge to sew my very own laptop bag.This post outlines the process I went through when designing my Barbour inspired laptop bag.
The Initial Sketches:
Once I had my inspiration (see https://seedesignmake.com/2017/07/14/see-it-barbour-inspired-laptop-bag/ ) I started to do some sketches (which you can see below). I wanted to design a messenger style bag as it is very versatile and practical. Additionally I wanted to use antique brass hardware and the combination of a tweed fabric with a leather trim . As you can see I investigated using different shapes and whether to have a contrasting wax cotton flap.
Tweed Outer Fabric:
Once I had pulled a few sketches together I began to look at different fabrics, at which point I ordered two potential Donegal tweeds from Truro Fabrics. I liked the houndstooth (left) as the pink and purple colouring gave it a feminine look, however, I thought it may be a bit too busy for a bag. As a result, I decided upon the red and orange checked tweed (right) as the simplicity meant that it would work well with the contrasting leather trim and wax cotton elements.
Contrast Wax Cotton:
Once I had decided upon the fabric for the body of the bag I started to order swatches of wax cottons in an array of different colours to see which would be the best match. I also purchased from 2 different suppliers, FabricsUK and QuickFabrics, to see if there was difference in the look. I personally preferred the fabric from FabricsUK because it looked more like what you would find in Barbour, whereas that from Quick fabrics just looked like a standard cotton but felt a bit greasy. It was clear that the olive green wax cotton matched the colouring of the tweed best.
Finally, I had to make a decision on which lining fabric to use. I knew I wanted to use red as it would be a contrast to the outside of the bag and it matches the check pattern. Additionally, I knew that I wanted to use a cotton twill as it would be durable. Therefore, I requested samples of 4 different shades of red twill from a seller on ebay (which is a suprisingly good place to look for fabric). Ultimately, I opted to go with the red denim as I felt like the texture complemented the tweed.
The Final Design for my Barbour Inspired Laptop Bag:
Here is my final design!!! I have opted for a messenger bag style that will be 40x30x15 cm in size.
- The main body will be in the red and orange check tweed with a contrasting olive green wax cotton flap.
- The underside of the flap will be made from the tweed.
- All of the edges of the bag, flap and front pocket will be finished with a brown faux leather piping.
- It will have an adjustable bag strap made using a brown cotton webbing and will use antique brass hardwear.
- The flap will be secured with 2 brown leather magnetic clasp buckles and the the front pocket will be secured with a tuck lock clasp.
- The bag will be fully lined with the red denim.
- Inside the bag there will be a padded laptop compartment as well as a zip pocket at the bag and a slip pocket at the front.
My next post will show you the photos of the finished product and how I made it!