At its simplest, a laptop carrying case is little more than a padded tote bag
. While it will require some careful cutting and thought out sewing procedures, it is a fairly easy project that a beginner could have success with.
- Select your materials.
- Launder and iron the fabrics to be used.
- Measure the laptop to be carried. The author used a Cardboard Laptop Case as a guide for size. Measure all the way around the laptop, from the hinge side to the opening, and then back to the hinge, not just the top. This will be the length of the fabric. Then measure the width of the laptop plus each side. This will be the width of the fabric.
- Cut two layers of cloth: One layer large enough to cover the laptop all the way around, PLUS an inch (2.5 cm) in every direction, and the other layer half an inch (1 cm) larger than the first all around. One will be the outside and the other will be the lining. They can be the same colors or different, coordinating colors. If the outside layer is a durable water-resistant kind of fabric, so much the better.
- Cut two thicknesses of quilt batting the size of your smaller (inner) piece of material.
- Cut a layer of interfacing material the size of the smaller (inner) piece of material.
- Sew the sides of the outer layer of material, leaving the top open.
- Miter the corners.
- Sew the tips of the miters to the seam line.
- Turn "right side" out and test fit.
- Layer the interfacing, batting, and inner material.
- Align them carefully.
- Quilt the three layers together by hand or by machine.
- Sew the sides of the quilted layer, leaving the top edge open.
- Clip the batting and interfacing close to the seam.
- Miter the corners, sewing the mitered tips to the seam line.
- Test fit by sliding your laptop (or box) into the inner layer and then into the outer layer.
- Make any necessary adjustments for proper fit at this point.
- Clip the inner layer two inches from the edge of your laptop (or box, in this case.)
- Clip the outer layer two inches (5 cm) from the edge of the inner layer.
- Fold the outer layer twice, once in and over itself and then again over the inner layer and pin for sewing. (This forms a roll of cloth, hiding the raw edges of both layers.)
- Sew the layers together along the inside, lower edge of the rolled/folded outer edge.
- Cut 4-5 inch (10-13 cm) wide strips for your handles. Make them of a length that is pleasing and comfortable for you (12 inches or 30 cm for a short handle, 24+ inches or 70+ cm for a shoulder strap).
- Fold and iron the handle strips.
- Top stitch the strips to hold their shape.
- Measure the top of your bag and divide by 3. Mark the thirds with pins.
- Place your handle ends just outside the pins along the edge.
- Pin the handles in place.
- Fold the raw ends of the handles under themselves.
- Pin in place.
- Topstitch the handle ends in place. (It's zig-zagged across the top edge in pictures, single stitched the rest of the way. Choose whatever appeals to you.)
- Trim all threads and there's your new custom carrying case for your laptop!
- This can be done by hand, but is best sewn on a machine.
- This can be done without padding; see How to Make a Tote Bag.
- This works very well coordinated with the cardboard laptop carrier's inner layer and adding this project as the outer layer for greater stability with a 'finished' look.
- Depending on the amount of padding you use, this laptop bag may not be as protective as some store bought alternatives.
- Use appropriate care when handling scissors and needles.
Things You'll Need
- Two yards of material. May be a yard each of different materials if desired.
- One yard of Quilt Batting
- One yard of interfacing material or similar, thin fabric.
- Sewing Machine
- Tape Measure
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