Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Project #21 - Quickie Laptop Sleeve

I'm using my new mini-laptop to type today's post. It weighs about 2.2 pounds and is a little bigger than a half sheet of paper. This little guy brings the total computer count at work to more than double the staff. I needed something smaller for toting to work and traveling, and this certainly fits the bill.

It's got pretty sturdy case, but I tend to treat my portable computers the same way I treat shoes: I get them banged up and dirty pretty easily. This one will be carried around in a sleeve to prevent some of the wear and tear.


  • 1/3 yard Canvas Cloth
  • 1/3 yard Foam Backed Fabric
  • 1 Button
  • Thread

Use your laptop to estimate how much you'll need to cut out on the foam fabric, taking into account the depth of the laptop. Measure out a rectangle with a length of twice the length of the laptop, plus twice the depth and a little extra to fold over. The width measurement should be the width of the laptop plus twice the depth. Add an inch to the width and an inch to the height to account for seams. Cut out your rectangle and use it to measure a piece of the same size of your canvas cloth.

Fold your foam cloth inside out, leaving a little extra for the fold-over lip on one side. Sew up the sides. Do the same for your canvas, but leave an opening so that you can eventually turn your whole bag to the correct side. Turn the foam piece right side out and tuck the canvas piece inside, right sides together and matching seams. Stitch around the top edge.

Turn the whole thing to the correct side through the canvas opening, stuffing the foam lining into the canvas pouch. Stitch the opening shut. Ordinarily, I would leave this kind of opening on the inside rather than the outside, but the foam fabric tends to shred easily with hand stitching.

Put your laptop inside your new sleeve and measure off where you want your button to be placed. Stitch the button opening and then sew your button into place. Enjoy!

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posted by Alison 1/21/2009 11:30:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

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