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Tote your Thinkpad and port your Apple in style with our custom TRON-inspired laptop bag tutorial. With a little soldering and sewing skills you can have your own light up satchel, sure to impress geeky friends. So grab your sewing needle and soldering iron and follow along.

This project is a collaboration between ladyada and Becky Stern.


There’s a getting started pack at the adafruit shop with some EL wire, inverter and connector and other small bits you need. Read more about soldering to EL wire and designing and finishing your Tron bag.

Subscribe to the CRAFT Podcast in iTunes, download the m4v video directly, or watch it on YouTube.

Check out the full Tron Bag tutorial on Make: Projects as well!


Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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  • Susan

    Wow! Now I want one of my own! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • pete

    Electronics are addictive but they ‘aint crack. Put that lighter away and buy a heat gun for your heat shrink tubing.

  • Marcella Nucci

    Wow!!! The bag is really cool! Your tutorial is so clear, that i will probably try to make such a bag myself =)

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