Step 9: Closure

For the closure, cut a piece of newspaper 4" x 6". Use this as a pattern and cut 2 pieces from the coat and 2 pieces from the shirt. Pin each shirt piece to a coat piece, right sides together. Stitch both short sides and one long side. clip corners and turn right side out. Press. Sew a section of velcro on each flap, one on coat side and the other on the other flap, shirt side. Place the lining inside the Lap Top bag. fold top of the lining down 1" to the inside between bag and lining. Pin. Put your Lap Top inside the bag so you know where to place the closure sections with velcro in between the bag and lining. Pin. Remove Lap Top. Machine stitch around the entire top edge of the Lap Top bag securing the handles and closure flaps. 
So Neat!
This is soooo perfect!! I just made this...<br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Checkpoint-Charlie-Hat/?&amp;sort=ACTIVE&amp;limit=40&amp;offset=40<br>And only used the sleeves for the project. Now I have a excellent idea for the rest. Thank you:)
The checkpoint Charlie hat is quite nice, I think it would look great with a matching Laptop bag! The bag takes most of the suit coat but a person could get 2 contrasting coats and make maybe the hatband and the side panels and handles of the bag out of the same coat and the rest of hat and bag out of the other one. I think that would be awesome!
Very nice work! I couldn't tell if you used both coat pockets, one on each side?
Yes, both pockets are used.
This is one of the best reuses I've seen. Such a neat idea - I've always loved the the look and feel of old suits and this is a great way to take advantage of that. :D
Thank you for the kind words. I made a couple of these with a long shoulder straps which looks nice too, but the strap is wider and sewn along the side seams. Before you begin cutting up the coat, figure out what pieces you're cutting from what sections. Almost nothing was left when I was finished.

About This Instructable


81 favorites


Bio: I have been sewing and crafting for many years, my children are grown so I have lots of time to be creative. I enjoy photography ... More »
More by katvanlew: Pineapple Green Chile Pizza with Whole Grain Crust Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns Breakfast in a Bundt Pan
Tags: Lap Top Bag
Add instructable to: