Style DIY: Make a Globally-Inspired Laptop Case
Create a customized laptop cover with a hip, world beat vibe.
Getting a laptop cover that fits perfectly and has the look you want is easier than you think. This laptop case requires minimal sewing skills and gives you complete control over the look. Use it for your laptop, documents, or to keep a stack of magazines organized and tidy for your next flight. We think this case would also make a great, graphic clutch to set off your outfit.
- newsprint or pattern paper
- measuring tape
- 1 yard black twill or canvas fabric
- matching thread
- 1 yard corresponding liner fabric
- 1 yard quilt batting
- 1 yard heavy duty interface
- sewing machine
- fabric paint pen
- fabric paint and brush
- wood and leather toggle
- sewing needle
Place your laptop on a large sheet of newsprint or pattern paper. Outline the laptop on the paper with a pencil (Image 1). Measure the height of the laptop and divide that measurement by two. Use that result to draw a new line around the outside of the outline. Duplicate that drawing right next to the first to create a large rectangle which will fold over the laptop.
Add 5 inches to the one short end of the rectangle, making the rectangle longer (Image 2). Cut this shape out and fold it in half lengthwise. Open the paper again and lay it flat. At the end where the extension was made, draw diagonal lines from the corners of the original rectangle to the center point (fold) of the extension to create a triangle envelope flap (Image 3). Cut away the excess paper outside of the triangle to reveal the flap. Lay this outline on another piece of newsprint or pattern paper and outline it. Draw two borders all the way around the outline at 1/2 inch and 3/4 away from the outline. Cut out the pattern around the line at the 3/4 inch border.
Use the first pattern you made to cut the quilt batting and interface (Image 1). Use the second pattern to cut out the black fabric (Image 2). Then trim the second pattern to the line at 1/2 from the border. Use this new pattern to cut the liner fabric. Lay the liner, good side down, on a flat surface. Center the interface and then the quilt batting on top of it (Image 3). Press the batting with a hot iron to fuse the three layers together. Lay the outside fabric, good side down, on an ironing board and iron a 1/4 inch fold around the perimeter (Image 4). Fold again and make a 1/2 hold around the perimeter. Center the liner with the fused pieces on the outside piece of fabric with the liner facing up. Turn the fold from the outside piece over the liner. Pin the pieces together on the fold and sew in place very close to the edge of the fold.
With the outside facing up, use a fabric pen to draw 5 dashed lines lengthwise, evenly spaced about 3 inches apart. The center line should be lined up with the point of the flap. Both the dashes and the spaces between them should be 1/2 inch. Start the dashes for each line about 3/4 inch from the square end of the fabric. On the pointed flap end, make the last dash of the middle row end about 2-1/2 inches from the point. The two lines next to the middle line should end one dash before the middle line. The two outside lines should end one dash before the lines next to them. On both sides of each of the dashed lines make dots every 1/2 inch to match the start and end of the dashes. The lines of dots should be 1-1/4 inches from the dashed lines and should end at the beginning of the last dash on the flap.
Draw lines to connect the dots between each of the dashes creating long rectangles. Draw lines in the spaces between the rows of rectangles. When the pattern is drawn, paint over it with fabric paint and a small paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.
With the outside facing down, lay the laptop on the fabric. Fold the square bottom end over the laptop to encase it and determine where to pin. Pin the folded case in place and remove the laptop. Sew the case along the fold, backstitching at the start and end. Trim away any excess thread.
Fold over the flap and center the toggle over the flap and body of the case. Stitch the toggle in place by hand.