|Laptop pocket construction|
|My laptop fits perfectly!|
In lieu of an elastic-topped internal pocket, I opted for a zippered version, and added a second external zippered pocket on the back of the bag. Seriously, you can never have too many pockets.
|Internal zippered pocket|
|Back zippered pocket|
|Its cavernous inside!|
For the straps, I used this useful product and made my own, since I thought the darker gray canvas straps would give the bag a more refined look. The inside of the shoulder straps is accented with the lining fabric. The side cinch straps were lengthened a bit (from 4" to 5.5") so the bag could function with the clasps attached all the time and not squish up my laptop slot.
Top zipper shot. These YKK zippers are fabulous for bags--super smooth zipping and durable, but not too bulky.
With some extra fabric and a spare zipper, I made a much-needed new wallet/ organizer to match. It holds everything!
|All cinched up|
My phone even fits in the zippered coin pouch, which is super handy if I want to carry the wallet without my bag: