Hello I’m here today to show you how to make a DIY laptop sleeve you can make it in any color you want any fabric it’s reversible and you can make it for any device you want like an iPad or your laptop so this is how you do it so the first thing you’re going to need all your basic sewing materials as well as a hair tie and two random buttons sewing machine is not required and the fabric I chose this turquoise color for the lining and this geometric pattern for the outside and also batting for the padding on the inside and you’re just going to need half a yard of each. But, if you don’t have batting or don’t want to buy batting you can also use a felt felt works okay a couple layers of felt depending on how thick it is and last thing you’re going to need is your device so laptop iPad MacBook whichever you’d like so your first step is you’re going to measure around your device once you put it on your fabric on the height of your device plus half an inch or two centimeters all the way around your device so this is going to be your bottom mainly layer and that’s your rectangle and then you’re going to take your other two fabrics and lay them underneath the piece you just cut out I already cut mine out roughly.


So that I didn’t have to deal with all the loose material so you’re going to pin it and make sure it’s pretty exact. Because this is where things go wrong, if you don’t cut your fabric perfect to begin with that’s where you’ll end up with it not working so once you’ve cut out that you’re going to do the exact same thing. But add a flap on the top so take your lining your main material and you’re batting again new piece you’re going to do the exact same rectangle. But this time you’re going to add a top flap so just the amount measured to about midway through your device and that’ll you’ll be able to see how big you want your flap okay and then once you cut out both of those so you’re going to have your three pieces of a plain rectangle and then you’re going to have your three pieces of a rectangle plus the little triangle flap at the top.

So we’re going to take our rectangle first just going to relayer it for prepping for sewing we’re going to start with the lining and, if you, if your lining has a good side mine doesn’t have a good side. But, if it does make sure the good side is up then you’re going to put down your main fabric good side down. So that those two good sides are together and then you’re batting on top and you’re going to pin just the one long edge of that and sew a line don’t be afraid, if you don’t have a sewing machine. Because you can watch this other post here mmm here you can watch another post here to teach you how to do a quick so, if you don’t have a sewing machine it’s going to take a little bit longer.

But it’s worth it so once you’ve sewn a straight line it’s going to look something like this so you’re going to have it all together your one rectangle piece just at the top and then we’re going to do is flip over the good fabric. So that the it looks like the case ship with the batting in the middle and you’re going to try to line up the top so it kind of looks like a nice seam and we’re going to add a top stitch on top of that. So that it all looks finished and pretty what I did was I earned mine. So that everything was flatter and it was easier to sew you can also pin it, if you think you need to before you sew it so you’re going to go ahead and add that top stitch is what we call it okay then you’re going to get back all your material again.

So you have your one piece that’s all together it looks like it’s coming together and then you have your three pieces that are still separate with the triangle tops or the flap what you’re going to do is reorder them so you’re going to start with your rectangle plus flat piece and you’re going to lay down the lining of that good side up and then you’re gonna take the piece that we just sewed so sue sewed with the 3 pieces all connected at the top you’re going to put the lining down the main fabric up with the seam at the top part towards the flap and then what comes next is main fabric good side down followed by your batting so to review its lining your three pieces we just sewed together with the lining down the good piece facing up followed by your main fabric good face good facing down and your batting last then we’re going to do is pin all the way around except for about a what is this five inch opening ten centimeters opening on the top flap I know it seems weird. But just do it I promise it’ll work out leave that open and the final step before we sew is we’re going to get our elastic. And I tied it in a knot I just took a normal hair elastic it can be any color you want whatever matches your fabric you can get a realistic, if you want. But I didn’t want to go and buy that.

So you can just find a hair tie from around the house and tie it I tie it in a knot and you could cut off the bottom. But just in case it ever unravels this would keep it all together. So I just tied it in a knot in the middle and then put the good side in the fabric. So you want the bad part hanging out the part you can see is going to be the bad part the knot and everything and then put the good side the loop on inside your fabric in between the liner and the main fabric okay and then, if you pin that into place it’ll stay while you sew align all the way around the edge except for that one place I talked about all right this is the fun part seeing, if it actually all worked out you’re going to turn it all inside out really gently by pushing all the edges through and popping it flat you’ll see that hopefully it ends up with um none of your scenes showing through and your batting is all in the right place and it looks good.

But we still have one two last steps so what we’re going to do to close the hole at the top you’re going to roll in the edges. So that it kind of looks like the seam that you already made and then you’re going to I ironed mine first just so it was flatter and easier for me to sew and then you also might want to pin it so it’s easier to sew and what you’re going to do is sew a top stitch along that whole top flap just like we did before so once that’s done it should look something like this okay and that also just secures in your elastic. Because I’m always afraid the elastics going to slip up and then that kind of ruins everything yeah so the last thing you have to do is put on the button the easiest way to do this is to have a button with the same amount of holes and then you put so like two holes or four holes and then you just put your device in you put the flap over and you see where the button should line up and where it should go once you’ve done that I put a pin through it took out my device. And I was able to line up the two buttons on either side and then I just took a needle and thread.

And I went in an avid until it was secure and that is the end that’s all you have to do to make and your DIY laptop sleeve or ipod case I know it seems like a lot of work. But it should probably only take you one to two hours depending on how good you are at sewing yeah I think that’s it comment for more back to school posts I promise I’ll do more posts with Becky. Because I know I’m sure you miss her oh goodness.

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