I have been wanting to make a case for my laptop ever since I got it for Christmas. I needed something to cart it back and forth to the workshops Apple offers when you purchase one of their products. Anything for an excuse to sew something!
I went shopping for some fabric the other day, and ended up buying laminated fabric. I have used fusible vinyl before as a substitute, but the laminated fabric is so much nicer. It is much softer and doesn't seem to crease or get scuffed as easily as the fusible vinyl. It is a little pricey, so I was a little scared to cut into it. I finally got up enough nerve, and I am happy to say it turned out much better than I had anticipated. Lookie...
Here is how I made my case.
My measurements are for the MacBook Pro 17" computer. If you have a different size laptop, you will need to adjust the measurements.
Here is what you will need:
2/3 yard outer fabric
2/3 yard lining fabric
22" purse zipper (or one about 4" longer than the width of your computer)
rotary cutter, cutting mat, quilting ruler or scissors
sewing machine, thread, pins
gathering foot (optional)
Cut two 13"x18" panels each of your main fabric and lining fabric.
Cut 4 strips of main fabric 2"x40" for the ruffles.
Cut 2 strips of main fabric 3"x13" for the handles.
Cut two 12"x17" panels of fusible fleece, and fuse to wrong side of lining fabric following manufacturers instructions, making sure to leave 1/2" border on all edges. This is to keep the seams from being too bulky.
Using a zipper foot, baste the zipper to the fabric using a scant 1/4" seam. Start and stop at both ends of the zipper tape. You will sew the side seems later. (No photo)
At this point, you will have the zipper sewed in to the main fabric and the lining. Hang in there, you are almost done!
OPEN the zipper.
Repeat this step with the lining, but make sure to leave an opening (about 4") on one of the sides or the bottom to turn the bag right side out. (no photo)
And that is it! You have just made a one of a kind case for your laptop!
I have to say I think this is my greatest sewing achievement to date without a pattern. I hope you were able to follow my directions, and let me know if you have any questions.
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