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Topic: Chrys' Shock-Absorbing laptop sleeve (with gothy rose print)-Tutorial  (Read 3034 times)
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« on: August 10, 2008 10:48:35 AM »

This is a simple laptop sleeve that I made for myself so I can carry the computer in any bag I choose.  I did this back in the winter, but just now posting.  All fabric is solid black except for the rose print on the front.

Here's a link to an image. (it's large) Once this page loads, click "download" to get the full-sized image with instructions:


  • Cut 2 pieces of foam in the proper sizes. (Remember to make them larger than your laptop. At least add half of your laptop's thickness when closed to each measurement.)
  • Cut 4 pieces of fabric slightly larger than your foam.(Must allow enough for a seam!)
  • Use 2 pieces of fabric, and sew along three sides, making a large rectangular pocket.  Do the same with the other two pieces of fabric.  (Remember to keep the right-sides of your fabric together!)
  • Turn your pockets-inside out, so that now you have finished edges on 3 of 4 sides.
  • Slide 1 foam rectangle into each of the two fabric pockets you've made.
  • Along the unfinished side of each rectangle, fold both sides of fabric inward and top-stich this side together.  This is just like when you make a small cushion or similar.
  • Now you have two fabric-covered foam rectangles.  Place them together, and sew the fabric along 3 edges together.
  • That's it! You've finished!

You could also make one side longer, and add velcro if you want to fold it over as a flap.  Or you could make both sides slightly too long and add a zipper or velcro to have them close together.  Be creative.

I hope to get a new laptop sometime this fall.  I'm looking at smaller computers this time, so I should have another one to post when the time comes.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008 03:28:59 PM »

Thank you very much for share this! I really need to make a sleeve for my laptop.

Did you sew through two layers of cell foam and four layers of fabric at the same time?  Shocked

which machine are you using  Shocked ?
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2008 05:42:58 PM »

pretty rad...if i only found it before...i wouldn't have bought mine.. Tongue...its black and boring...
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008 10:16:23 AM »

M. Carmen:  I didn't sew through all the layers of foam.  There was a little bit of slack on the edges of my fabric-covered rectangles, so i sewed down the edges of the fabric.  I am using a standard old Singer Merritt sewing machine, but this would also be an easy project to do by hand.

I did take each fabric-covered foam rectangle and sew a couple of straight lines down them, as a sort of quilting detail, using the machine.  The machine handled one layer of the foam with two layers of fabric just fine.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2008 02:56:11 PM »

thats an awesome idea!  Oh, I love it!!!! Grin  Definantly wil protect your laptop better then those regular material cases.

Want to learn to crochet or knit?  I have a ton of extra crochet hooks & circular knitting needles.  Will throw in some pattern books and yarn for anyone interested in a swap.
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