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« on: June 04, 2010 08:34:07 PM »

I just got a mini Dell, and of course, what do i want to do as soon as I get a new piece of technology?  Make a cozy for it!  I've seen those foam zippered sleeves and I'm sure I can make something like that, but classier.  How am I going to make a cover with a good amount of cushion?  I don't think quilt batting is going to do the job, because I'd like to be able to toss it safely into my backpack now that I've got on that doesn't require a giant laptop bag of its own.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010 03:18:53 PM »

How bout half-inch upholstery foam?

It's yellow and comes on a roll at the fabric store so you can buy as much as you want in 4 inch increments (I think it's 30 inches wide). Fabricland always has theirs hiding behind the rack that holds interior decorating fabrics so you will probably need to ask someone to get it out for you. If you go to a place that specializes in decorator fabrics, it may be even cheaper.

I've also seen pre-cut rectangles of white foam at Walmart, though it's more expensive (in my experience). However, if your mini Dell is tiny enough, a single rectangle could be enough foam for the whole shebang.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010 12:06:31 AM »

Neoprene, if you can find it- works great and is surprisingly easy to sew, plus it doesn't unravel. Of course it is extremely insulating so I would advise against putting your laptop inside a neoprene case while its running (I'm speaking from experience)
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010 05:06:25 AM »

I just saw a crochet camera bag on here yesterday that used fun foam for the padding.  That might work.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010 10:13:40 AM »

Neoprene, if you can find it- works great and is surprisingly easy to sew, plus it doesn't unravel. Of course it is extremely insulating so I would advise against putting your laptop inside a neoprene case while its running (I'm speaking from experience)
I had the same thought, about getting neoprene to make a case for my netbook (I need a case that I can bike with).  I found some neoprene at a foam/upholstery type store.  It feels much sturdier and more protective than any sort of foam that I saw at JoAnns craft store.  I haven't tried sewing it at all yet, though. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010 02:56:43 AM »

lucky you  Grin it was nearly impossible for me to find any neoprene. However it is extremely handy stuff and is pretty easy to work with- I found that it was easier to work with if I basted the pieces together first. My industrial machine just flew through it but I don't think a domestic machine would have any problems. The only real downside to neoprene is that it can be punctured and if you leave something heavy on it for a while it may leave a permanent impression on the neoprene.
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