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"Summer Social" Guest Post — Make a Ruffled Laptop Bag Refashion!

5 Aug
Hi Tatertots and Jello readers! My name is Ellie G. And I am the president of the Tatertots & Jello fan club. {tee hee} Really, I just love Jen and this blog. I’m so honored to be here.

I blog at Less Cake {more frosting}. I get asked a lot if it’s a food blog. And it’s not. It’s about all the things I love…so definitely food is included, but not exclusive. I also love things like: making stuff, Mod Podge, Diet Coke, graphic design, and frosting.


My husband and I are going on a trip for our 12th anniversary. (can I get a “WHOOT” for making it to twelve?) In the preparations, I decided that it would be nice to take the laptop with us so we can talk to our kids on Skype. But I don’t really want to carry it, because I am without a cute laptop bag.

So, of course, I mentioned that I ought to buy a new laptop bag, for the trip.

And I was greeted with, “but we have a laptop bag downstairs.”



THIS THING?? Seriously? This is what I have to carry? It’s a super sturdy bag, and has lots of pockets that I love. But seriously? My husband is in advertising, and I just yearn for having something that isn’t a promotional item! But, alas, my idea for a new bag was shot down. And I am stuck with this little beauty.

But never fear! I remembered what I did last Spring with my new camera bag and I decided I’d try my hand at making this bag less REI and more “Ellie G”.


I started with some elastic lace. I actually have a whole bolt of this stuff from a FABULOUS trim and notions store in Phoenix. (that I was introduced to by Miss Whippycake herself!) So I have a lot of it on hand. I love it! It’s super vintage-ee and looks like it’s already been loved a couple times.

I sewed it on to the front flap of the bag in rows. Because of the elastic, it was pretty essential to pin before sewing. Plus it maintains nice straight rows.

When working with stretchy materials, you really have to compensate for the stretch. In this instance I DIDN’T want to use the elastic properties, so I tried not to stretch. But some stretching is inevitable. So don’t do any exact trimming until after you’ve sewn each strip. You can cut the excess and get a perfect finish!

Manipulating a big heavy bag to go into my sewing machine was tricky, at times. But I really didn’t want to disassemble it. This is supposed to be a pretty quick project! There were a few rows I just couldn’t work out. So I just hand-stitched the last couple.


Then I used a loop of vinyl to make a cute bow. Just a rectangle, with a strip wrapped around the center to pinch. Easy peasy!

The key to working with thick materials is a really long sharp needle, and upholstery thread. They are essential!


I definitely will feel much more confident carrying this yummy, ruffled bag with me on the plane. I know, I know…..I shouldn’t care that much. But I do. So sue me!

You can do this too. Even though you don’t have this exact bag! Look at the bags you might want to get rid of, or look at thrift store bags with a fresh eye. You might be able to transform them into something fabulous!!

Oh my goodness Lara– that is adorable!!!
I love it.
Ellie G. is one of my favorite blogging friends IRL too. We started talking through comments and I mentioned that a new Hobby Lobby had opened up near my house. It turns out that it was across the street from Ellie’s house. So we went to lunch and became fast friends!!!
Ellie is one of the most creative people I have ever met. 
I love her projects — they are a mix of modern and colorful. 
Plus, Lara makes amazing printables!
Like this calendar for August
 {Like this Calendar for August}
And how awesome is this Teacher Printable? Perfect for the first week of school!

PS — I’m in San Diego. Have you ever been here? It’s GORGEOUS!! I have a big crush on this town. We had a great time at the Clever Girls Party last night. So fun!!! #BlogHer