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Could this be your Ultimate iPad Bag?

A few weeks ago we posted 8 Great Etsy Finds for Your iPad in which we highlighted a handmade iPad Messenger Bag by UK based Etsy seller 'MadebyGrandad' aka Roy Stephenson.

Roy was kind enough to send us one of these bags to try out. We have used it every day now for nearly two weeks and we have to say we love it! In fact we like it so much we made a video showing just how roomy this bag is and how well it is constructed.

The video is at the bottom of the post, but first a few details about our requirements as iPad users and about these bags.

The Search for the Ultimate Bag

In our search for the ultimate bag we were looking for something that would securely accommodate our iPad and also act as a small camera bag or every day bag for general use. Another requirement was that the bag shouldn't advertise itself as a camera bag or declare the valuables within, unlike many of the main brand dedicated camera or iPad bags do.

Design and Construction

This Messenger Bag definitely ticks most of the boxes in our search for the ultimate iPad bag. The quality of construction is very high. Roy has done a fantastic job in using top-notch materials, carefully reinforcing the stress points and providing adequate padding where it is needed, which keeps the bag light.

It feels great to have a handmade item too with the care and attention that goes into making each one of these bags and the inherent uniqueness.

Suits You

Each bag is handmade by Roy, mainly from a standard design which costs £50 from his store. Of course the advantage of each bag being made from scratch on order is that you can have your bag customised to your requirements.

Extra or re-arranged pockets, different patterns on the lining or outer materials, contrast coloured zippers, key chain on the other side, within reason you can have whatever you want on your iPad Messenger Bag.

If you want something special you only have to ask when you visit Roy's Etsy store, where you can see a few more examples of his bags.

Custom designs currently being worked on for customers

Who Is It For?

As well as what you will see in the video below, this Messenger Bag has room for anything up to A4 size sketchpads or documents, so we think it will suit iPad owning: 

  • Artists 
  • Designers
  • Photographers
  • Journalists
  • Musicians
  • Students
  • Bike commuters
  • Parents

...and just about anyone who needs to carry their iPad around with them as well as their other daily bits and bobs. 

The easily adjustable, and fairly wide, strap  distributes the weight well when worn across the body. It was very comfortable when worn this way on a bike riding a few miles into / around town and back home.

We even used it sans-iPad as our main bag on a family day out last weekend, carrying lunch and drinks for four of us along with the usual iPhone, keys, wallet, season pass in the back pocket (plus the unused iPad pocket was very handy for carrying spare nappies and baby wipes).

Video Time

So here's the video, please check it out and let us know what you think.

After watching the video be sure to see the details below on how you can order your own iPad Messenger Bag.

Want One?

Hopefully we have whetted your appetite enough that you want one of your own iPad Messenger Bags from Roy. 

To order your bag just go to Roy's Etsy store or you can find out more about him and how he makes his products at his website

If you want something special or a different configuration just contact Roy via the 'Contact' button on the Etsy page. Be sure to let him know we sent you!

Thanks again to Roy for letting us road test this bag and his support in writing this review.

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Reader Comments (5)

I contacted Roy after reading the original post on here. Decided to order a bag (similar to the one in the video but with a different lining). I've had it for about a month now and have used it everyday (with and without iPad). Absolutely love it!
I'm a bit of a bag nut and seem to be on constant look-out for the ultimate bag - I have to say that this one comes pretty close.
Also Roy was really nice and easy to deal with and clearly puts a lot of effort into his work.

Definitely plan to order another one for a friends birthday!

July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

@Joe - That's great to hear, thanks for commenting and letting us know!

July 29, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

It´s been a few weeks since I bought this bag via the Etsy store but this gives me the chance to write a hands on review as well.
Ordering was a simple and smooth process and from placing my order to delivery took a bit more than a week (I live in Barcelona). Not bad for a handmade product! I received it in a standard carton box wrapped in nice packing paper held in place by a sticker with MadeByGrandad printed on it.
So unpacking already being a treat I was happy to find a bag just like in the picture on the website. Inside I found a letter from Grandad thanking me for buying his bag and explaining a bit how the bag was made and which materials are used. Nice!
Both inside as outside the finish is absolutely spot on. No loose strands of sowing or other material. Feels good and sturdy as well but at the same time soft enough not to feel and appear like a rigid block.
I´ve been using it now for about a month and it´s holding up perfect so build quality wise Grandad for sure knows his trade! Good craftsmanship.
I´m very happy with the way my Ipad fits snugly in the dedicated pocket while still having enough space available to accommodate an Ipad with case. Putting it in and tacking it out goes really simple and smooth with the zipper giving the additional security for the Ipad and all other content if you feel like needing it. The metal turn buttons used to close the flap are really easy to use and give the bag a nice look.
All in all a very good product which meets all my requirements I was looking for in a bag and I must say at a reasonable price. It´s also a great conversation starter when people notice the brand :-)
PS, thanks IpadCreative! Because of your post I now have the bag I was looking for.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Ryan - Thank you very much for taking the time to write up your comments too. Our iPad Messenger bag is still going strong, as new after several months of constant use. We are very glad to hear you love yours too!

October 7, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Adding a THANKS to iPad Creative and MadeByGranddad. I love my messenger bag. Professional looking, useful, protects my iPad. Great pockets and zippers.

I run around work with the bag open - that way it's easy to get inside and people see the pretty inside fabric.

I've been using it since June. And wanting it since I saw your review. Thanks for pointing out high quality products!!

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

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