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The making of a laptop bag (pictures)

We went to a local factory to see exactly how our custom-designed bag was put together.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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Josh Miller

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How do you make a laptop bag? We went to San Francisco bag-maker Timbuk2 to find out (read our story here).

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Spools of thread hang on the wall, waiting to stitch bags together.

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First, they cut fabric panels.

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Customers can choose from fabrics to suit their style.

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Colored panels are sorted for small, medium and large-size bags.

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The red and gray panels needed to make our large bag.

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Singer and Brother sewing machines do the actual stitching.

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Bag-makers cut extra threads as they go.

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The binding here finishes and reinforces the bags' edges.

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The laptop sleeve we ordered goes in while the bag is still one flat piece.

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In the warehouse, finished bags are ready to ship out.

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Upstairs, designers sketch new models.

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The finished bag, complete with laptop sleeve inside. Like it? You could win it in CNET's Crave giveaway on February 12, 2016. Check back!

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