neoprene ibook bag

the idea

The Apple iBook laptop computer is one of the nicest ones I’ve seen. So nice, in fact, that for the very first time I have been tempted into a purchase, although I haven’t as yet actually finalised the order… One thing that was obviously required right from the start is some sort of carrying device, and I was also 100% certain that I didn’t want something that would draw attention to itself on public transport (nothing says “Snatch me!” quite like a laptop bag).

The iBook itself is small enough to be thrown into most of the bags I tend to carry around anyway, so all that I needed was a scratch resistant cover for it – so naturally Neoprene.

the design

This ought to be an image, but for now, enjoy my ASCII art:

Machine size:

  9"  x 11.2"  x 1.3"   (my measurements)
 23cm x 28.3cm x 3.2cm
  a      b        c

Apple size:

  Width: 11.2 inches (28.5 cm)
  Depth: 9.06 inches (23.0 cm)
  Thickness: 1.35 inches (3.4 cm)

I thought that something like 2″ to 3″ for the flap at the top (length d). Bear in mind that this design will have vent holes, and it may cut slightly differently (move one side panel up so that it’s asymmetric), but I’m after the footprint so I can get the right area. The X’s are velcro, just so you can try to imagine it…

Design:

        a      c
   +---------+--+
  c|         |  |    a      c  d
   +---------+--+---------+--+---+
   |         |  |         |  |   |
   |         |  |         |  | X |
  b|         |  |         |  |   |b
   |         |  |         |  |   |
   |         |  |         |  | X |
   |         |  |         |  |   |
   +---------+--+---------+--+---+
  c|         |  |    a      c  d
   +---------+--+
        a      c

This would give a width of b+2c and a lenth of 2a+2c+d:

 13.8" x 23.6"
34.7cm x 59.8 cm

the outcome

Well, when I’ve done it, I might have some idea…

At the moment I simply have a roll of rubber at home (thanks to Sam at Fat Sam’s Dive Shop), and an urge to start cutting. I’m holding back on that urge until I’ve spoken to a couple more people about this – mainly due to my lack of rubber sewing experience.

One Comment

  1. Rachel January 4, 2005

    :?:How did it turn out? I’m thinking of making a bag for my iBook.

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