Custom Creations: Totoro 15" MacBook Case

Posted on August 16, 2012 by Ee-Leng Chang | 5 Comments

Studio Ghibli's My Neighbour Totoro is one of my favourite movies of all time. I just get so ridiculously happy whenever I watch it. There's something so simple and so magical and so awesome about it! So when I received a request for a custom designed Totoro MacBook Case, I was extremely excited to do it but at the same time, so very cautious too! Totoro is one of my all-time favourite characters and I definitely wanted the spirit of Totoro to shine through!


This case was for Apple's new 15" Macbook Pro with Retina Display. Initially, I had designed a case that was more representative of the shape of Totoro, ears and tummy and all. Luckily I tend to make sure that I keep in contact with my customers while creating custom orders because I found out that my customer wanted it to fit within his messenger bag. That limited the size of this case right down so I had to abandon the idea of Totoro being Totoro-shaped. I had a few inches to play with but definitely not enough to convey the right shape and I was not going to create a bowling-pin shaped Totoro!

So I simplified it back to a rectangle and adjusted the proportions of the Totoro features. I utilised embroidery for Totoro's eyes and nose and also for the eyes of the sootballs. This case made me really nervous because I had a limited quantity of the grey felt so there was no margin for errors! 

Besides getting the design and proportions right, the hardest part by far was sewing on the sootballs with all their little spikes! But it was well worth the work and I'm really happy with the case. Here's some photos of the finished product:


 

  


 

 


 

My customer just received the case and sent me a photo of it in action too:


 

While creating the case, I went around my home looking for all things Totoro to use as reference and to get me in the Totoro mindset. I discovered I have a lot of Totoro things! :D Here's a tiny part of my collection:


 

 

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5 Responses

Darek
Darek

July 17, 2014

Hi I love this case with Totoro.

Would it be possible to order one for mac book pro 15" retina? How much would it cost?

Keep up great work!
Best regards,
Darek

Ee-Leng
Ee-Leng

December 23, 2012

Hi Ren, I can custom make a Totoro case for an iPad too! :) Please email me at eeleng@hoobygroovy.com for a quote. Have a lovely day! :)

Ren
Ren

December 22, 2012

hello, you just create a version for MacBook or it is possible to have a version for the ipad with the theme of Totoro ?

Ee-Leng
Ee-Leng

September 26, 2012

Hi! If you'd like a Totoro MacBook Case, I can custom create one for you. I need to know which MacBook you have so I can size it properly. Please email me at eeleng@hoobygroovy.com to let me know and then we can discuss it further! :)Hope this helps! :)

Mary
Mary

September 26, 2012

How could I able to order the TOTORO macbook case?

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