How to Make Your Own Padded Laptop Sleeve

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How to Make Your Own Padded Laptop Sleeve
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You throw your laptop in your backpack, messenger bag or briefcase, and it bumps around in there with other things you are carrying. You set your bag down, and your laptop bumps against the floor, table or your desk. Before you know it, your laptop is all scratched up, or worse, it starts to act up because something has been knocked loose inside. Protect your laptop from unnecessary damage by whipping up your own padded laptop sleeve.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Soft measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Cotton quilting fabric, 2/3 yard
  • Quilt batting, 2/3 yard
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Measure the width and length of your laptop by wrapping a soft measuring tape around the closed laptop vertically (width) and horizontally (length). For example, a laptop with a 17 1/4-inch screen may have a width measurement of 14 inches and length measurement of 18 1/2 inches. The measurements are not standard by screen size as the thickness of your laptop will affect its measurements.

  2. 2

    Add 1 1/4 inches to both measurements. So, for the 17 1/4-inch laptop mentioned in Step 1, the new measurements are 15 1/4 inches for the width and 19 3/4 inches for the length.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of fabric that is twice the new length measurement by the new width measurement. So, for the previously mentioned laptop, cut the fabric 39 1/2 inches in length and 15 1/4 inches in width.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of quilt batting the same size as the fabric.

  5. 5

    Lay the piece of batting on top of the wrong side of the fabric, which is the duller side of the fabric.

  6. 6

    Fold both pieces in half width-wise with the batting inside the fold.

  7. 7

    Fold the piece one more time, this time lengthwise.

  8. 8

    Sew along the two raw edges, 5/8 inch in from the edge; one of these edges is short and the other long.

  9. 9

    Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4-inch and trim the bottom corners of the sleeve with a diagonal snip, being careful not to cut through the seam.

  10. 10

    Turn the whole piece right-side out so the seam allowances are on the inside of the sleeve.

  11. 11

    Cut two 2-by-6-inch strips of fabric from the scraps left after cutting out the main piece of fabric to create straps that tie across the opening of the laptop sleeve.

  12. 12

    Fold the strips of fabric in half with the wrong side of the fabric facing out, so the pieces of fabric are now 1-by-6 inches.

  13. 13

    Sew along one of the short edges of the folded strips and the long raw edge 1/4 inch in from the edge.

  14. 14

    Turn the strips of fabric right-side out; fold in 1/4 inch of the raw edges on the unsewn short ends of the strips; and stitch 1/8 inch in from the folded edge to hold closed.

  15. 15

    Sew one strip in the middle of each side of the sleeve 1 inch down from the opening.

  16. 16

    Place your laptop in the finished sleeve and tie the two strips together across the opening to hold the computer inside the sleeve.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a button and buttonhole or snaps instead of ties to close your laptop sleeve if desired.

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