Remember the last time life just got in the way of everything?
Story. Of. My. Life.
The beginning of August I went back to college on the East Coast and it’s been such an exciting adventure. Even though I didn’t get around to blogging, fortunately I still did plenty of crafty crafts and took photos.
So here’s to 2014, a new year, with a new blog post.
This was probably one of my favorite projects by far, and I can’t even tell you how many people have asked where I bought my laptop case from. It was so successful I just made one for my boyfriend too! Different style, of course, but I will blog about it later.
- 1 yard felt
- 1 yard fabric
- sewing machine
- clasp or hook
Obviously everyone has different laptops, so you need to get enough felt and fabric to fit around your laptop. I bought 1 yard of each, and had plenty of leftovers.
I started by laying my felt on a flat surface.
First, I traced a larger square around my entire laptop. If your laptop is thicker, you might want to draw a bigger square. Above and below my laptop, i drew 2 squares about the same size as my laptop. I used a pen but don’t worry if you can still see pen ink, it will be sewed on the inside of the case. on the sides, I traced 2 triangles. I didn’t want the end’s pointed (as you can tell) so I made the design to my liking. you can easily make the ends pointed, or flat like I did.
After I traced the felt, I cut it out. After cutting out the felt, I laid the fabric under the felt and cut the fabric out.
Cut the fabric wider than the felt to be able to fold it over, pin and sew it like the picture below.
After pinning the fabric down to the felt, sew the outside all the way around until the felt and fabric are attached.
I know some people are better hand sewing or don’t know how to use a sewing machine, but if you want to make a laptop case that lasts and that is durable, use a sewing machine. Find a friend, take a class, or watch a youtube video to learn how to use a sewing machine.
I promise, it’s not as complex as it looks.
After sewing fold one of the squares up, and the two triangles part towards the inside. At this point, it should look similar to an envelop. The two triangles sides folded in need to be pinned, and sewed down to hold the case together.
Before I pinned the sides, I placed my laptop in the case to make sure it fit perfectly and wasn’t to snug. After sewing the sides down, you can fold the top flap down, which is the other square down and attach the clasp or hook to hold it all together.
If the format sounds confusing, look at the pictures below and that should help.
(See what I mean by folding the sides in?)
And that’s how I created my envelop laptop case. Hope you found the blog helpful or inspiring!
Have a Happy New Year, as 2014 will be filled with plenty of new blog posts.