First I measured my laptop. It is 11" x 16", so I added 3" to each of these measurements, this allows for seam allowances and the sides of the laptop. The fabric will be cut 14" x 19" for my laptop measurements. NOTE: your measurements will vary according to the size of your laptop
Flap measures 6 x 9
ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 1/2" - except where noted
Cut from outside (main) fabric and lining
2- sleeves (in my case 14 x 19)
1 flap (in my case 6 x 9) - this you might want to adjust according to your size of laptop and how much flap you want folded over to the front of sleeve.
If you are embellishing the front, do it at this time.
I use Soft and Stable instead of batting or interfacing. It seems to have a bit more "cushion" for the laptops. Cut 2 pieces the same size as the sleeves and baste to the main fabric pieces, basting all four sides.
Cut 1" squares on the bottom edge of the sleeve patterns. This will be the 2 main fabric pieces and the 2 lining pieces. See picture above to verify the bottom location.
|yes, mine is bigger than 1" and it was too big for the laptop, so I adjusted for this tutorial|
Attach velcro. Find the center of the bag (the 11" measurements) and make a mark. The velcro will be 2-3" down from the top edge.
Line up the flap lining and outside fabric. Stitch three sides leaving one long end open. Clip corners and turn right side out.
|disregard wet spot - iron spit up on fabric.|
Topstitch the three sewn edges. Baste the opening together.
Center the flap to the top of the back sleeve piece, right sides together. Baste into place
Sew side and bottom seams on main fabric sleeve and lining. On the lining leave a 6" opening on one side seam for turning. This might be a good time to slip your laptop into the sleeve and check the fit.
|This is the side seam of the main fabric.|
|This is the opening in the lining|
Now for the box corners. Match the side seams to the bottom seams, Stitch seam allowance - this one will be 1/4" only.
Turn the laptop sleeve right side out. Insert into the lining which is wrong side out. Line up edges and stitch all around the top.
Pull the laptop sleeve through the opening. Stitch the opening in the lining closed. Insert the lining into the laptop sleeve, press the top seam.
Toptsitch the top opening.
Mark the placement of the velcro on the flap, matching it to the correct spot of the velcro on the sleeve. Stitch in place
Now sit back and admire your new laptop sleeve.
This one is for Meredith's with her college