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I made this simple quilted laptop sleeve to cushion my laptop when it is in my backpack.

Making your own sleeve is a great way to make sure it fits your device perfectly and suits your personal style.

This is a reasonably basic sewing project but I am assuming you know how to work a sewing machine - straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, etc.
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Step 1: Materials and Equipment

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Materials (of course you can use any fabric):
  • Denim recycled from a large pair of jeans
  • Fleece blanket for padding
  • Cotton material for lining
  • Sewing thread

Standard Sewing Equipment:
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric shears
  • Thread snips
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Ruler
  • Chalk or fabric pen
  • Overlocker/serger
Tip: if you are breaking a lot of needles sewing denim, try getting a denim or jeans needle, these are less likely to break.

Step 2: Fabric Cutting

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First I cut the fabric roughly to size. I ironed the fabric to make sure it was flat and uncreased. I cut out a long rectangle, twice the length of my laptop, with a generous margin for stitching and later adjustments. The quilting process requires some extra margin because the fabric layers may move around. If your laptop is thick, you'll need to add some extra margin to account for that too.

I used a double layer of polyester fleece to make the padding inside the sleeve. I sewed a test piece on my machine to make sure it could handle the thickness and the fabric would feed nicely through the feed dogs (which can be a problem for slippery fabrics like polyester).

I sewed the two layers of fleece together so they would stay together during the quilting phase.

I also pre-cut the fleece so that it would end up short of the sides of the sleeve, reducing bulk when sewing and finishing the sides.
gjones271 year ago
what a great tutorial.... definitely going to make for my notebook
This is awesome! I've got some pants I've been saving because I knew I could use them for something. :D
pipe42 (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thanks! I really like working with denim as it is durable and looks great, plus you can choose exactly what type of denim jeans to use at the second-hand store. :-)
gjones271 year ago
this is a great tutorial! definitely going to make.