June 2, 2014
Quick Laptop sleeve tutorial
My laptop has a brand new 'house'! I made this sleeve knowing I will be traveling soon. Sure, I could have bought one but... could I have found one with such cool pattern? The 13-inch laptop fits in easily. Then, I can put it in my carry-on bag without worrying it will be damaged.
I made a tutorial for you. It comes together so quickly that you may be tempted to make a few to give to family and friends as gifts. Let them choose the fabrics, too!
Here is what you will need:
Shell fabric - 16 in x 22 in
Lining fabric - 16 in x 22 in
Batting (I used Soft and Stable by Annie) - 16 in x 19-1/4 in
16 in. large ric-rac
2 3/4 in. wide Velcro strips
1 in. wide masking tape
sewing thread (Aurifil 50 wt)
quilting thread (Aurifil Mako 12 wt)
Basic sewing supplies
Make a sandwich by stacking the pieces as follows: batting or Soft and Stable on bottom, next comes the lining right side up, then the shell fabric, wrong side up (so, lining and shell will have RST - right sides together).
Stitch three sides leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Note: the batting is shorter than the fabrics as we don't need batting on the flap of the sleeve, to prevent bulk. You will now flip the project inside out so the batting will be sandwiched between the lining and the shell.
Fold raw edges inside and pin them. Place masking tape evenly spaced across the width of the sleeve. (I taped first, then had to remove tape and fold in and pin these edges...)
Now, fold the sleeve in half as shown (lining outside). Note: line up stitched edge with where the batting ends on the back side, so as to not to shorten the flap.
... and it all worked out! This laptop sleeve is extremely lightweight because of the Soft and Stable, a product I absolutely love (you can find it here).
Pretty simple, huh? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Send me pictures of yours if you decide to make one, and be sure to share this link with your friends.
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