Skooba Design DIY Skin


I’ve always been the kind of person that doesn’t want something if everyone else has one just like it. I like to be different ;o) As such, I tend to seek out companies that offer custom products. Skooba Design (formerly has a new product that allows YOU the ability to customize it. It’s their D.I.Y. Skin laptop sleeve / tote. Available in four sizes, this skin comes in a blank canvas version that you can decorate with paints, markers, needlework etc.

skooba skin

The Skooba skin is available in several materials including Corduroy, Vinyl, Ballistic Nylon, Suede and Blank canvas. It also comes in four sizes including:

Micro: holds laptops up to 12.25″L x 8.75″H x 1.25″W
Small: holds laptops up to 13.25″L x 9.75″H x 1.5″W
Medium: holds laptops up to 14.25″L x 10.5″H x 1.75″W
Large: holds laptops up to 16.25″L x 11.75″H x 2″W

I was sent the Micro blank canvas version to review.

skooba skin

This skin is a simple one pocket sleeve designed to protect your laptop. As you will notice, the blank version of this sleeve is indeed blank. The only ‘decoration’ that it has is a rubber Skooba logo patch sewn into the front. The material is a slightly rough raw canvas.

skooba skin

The back of the skin is equally blank.

skooba skin

Lift up the Velcro flap to use this skin as a laptop sleeve.

skooba skin

The skin can convert from a laptop sleeve into a laptop tote by flipping up both flaps. This way, you can carry it using the open handles.

skooba skin

The interior of the DIY skin is lined in a Red satin material. The front, back and sides are all padded to protect your laptop from everyday abuse.

There’s not much else to say about the Skooba skin as far as its features. It’s a very simple product. But you can turn it into a work of art if you are so inclined.

skooba skin

I don’t paint and don’t really sew, so I decided to go with permanent markers as I was lucky enough to grab a set of 24 colored Sharpies at my local Walmart at a good price. I didn’t have a plan as to what I wanted to draw on my Skooba. As a rule, I really don’t plan much of anything. I just go with the flow. As an avid doodler, that wasn’t too difficult for me.

skooba skin

So far I’ve managed to complete the front of the skin. Yeah, I know it’s pretty crazy and doesn’t really have a theme, but that pretty much gives you some insight into my own wandering mind. Scary huh? ;o) Would you like to see how I ended up with this design?

See it in action…

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Now I just have to finish the back side and I’ll be all set!

The Skooba Design DIY Skin is a useful product that will protect your laptop, while also giving your mind a creative outlet. If you like to have something that no one else in the world has, this is the product for you.


Product Information

Manufacturer:Skooba Design
Retailer:Skooba Design
  • Blank canvas ready for paint, markets, etc.
  • Converts from sleeve to tote
  • None
Posted in: Gear, Laptops and Gear
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  • Julie October 5, 2007, 6:51 pm

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  • EllenBeeman October 10, 2007, 2:31 pm

    Great article, and very glad to learn about this product! I just ordered a stack of them as the theme activity for a children’s birthday party. Now I just need to research “how to remove Sharpie markings from children”!


  • Julie October 10, 2007, 7:08 pm


    Terrific idea! If you do go ahead with the activity, take some pix and I’ll attach them to the review 😀

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