Laptop Sleeve From a FedEx Envelope





Introduction: Laptop Sleeve From a FedEx Envelope

Here are basic instructions for making a laptop sleeve out of FedEx envelopes. I was looking for a strong and waterproof material to make my own sleeve from and remembered that FedEx and the US Postal Service both use Tyvek (or similar) material for their envelopes. My sleeve fits a MacBook, but the design is easily adaptable for other sized laptops.

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Step 1: Materials

Find yourself 3 or 4 FedEx envelopes. This sleeve takes 3.

Step 2: Padding

Cut your padding material to fit the inside of the envelope. I used felt. Then stuff it into the envelope.

Step 3: Trim

Trim the adhesive flap from the bag.

Step 4: Mark Dimensions

Mark the size of the sleeve. *Note* Leave some extra room on the sides and top (1/4-1/2") for the thickness of the laptop and the seam allowance).

Step 5: Sew Pocket

Pin and sew along your lines and along the opposite side edge (shown right). This leaves an opening for the laptop (bottom).

Step 6: Trim Seems

Trim the seams.

Step 7: Turn Inside-out

Turn the pocket inside-out. This is the basic sleeve without the flap.

Step 8: Start Flap

Measure and mark the width of the folding flap.

Step 9: Pin Flap

Sew the flap to size and trim the seam. Pin the flap to the inside back of the pocket. You may notice that I mistakenly sewed it to the front on my first attempt (sigh).

Step 10: Attach Flap

Sew the flap to the pocket. I also sewed around the top of the pocket to hold the padding in place.

...yes, I am using red thread on the spool and purple on the bobbin. So what, I liked it.

Step 11: Fold Flap

That's basically it.



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    Hey, great idea. I'm thinking about combining this and the hoodie sleeve idea. Hoodie as the outer shell, with a layer of padded FedEx envelope as the outer inner lining, bubble wrap as a middle inner lining, and cloth as the inner lining. The only problem's that I'd have to modify the waterproof envelope and sew it in to attach. Is there anyway y'all can think of doing this while keeping this waterproof? Thanks!

    Waterproof zipper?

    The aper dont destroy or cut in a bag o.o?¡?

    I did something similar with a bag from Staples. It fits netboooks or a smaller iBook perfectly!

    I was wondering this out but realized that couldn't you just use a tougher envelope with a layer of bubble wrap inside it.

    awesome! im going to try this for my Acer Aspire One, soon as i get some envelopes :P five stars and fav'd :)

    Using the fused plastic instructables, you can create a "skin" for this case. Very trendy, still waterproof and really trendy (like patent leather) and cool. Just a thought :)

    Ever notice the arrow between the E and the x? If you didn't, that's all you will see from now on. They spent so much money for that arrow. Sorry thought I would pass on my torment. Very slick I'm going to do this next chance I get. Thanks for the Idea

    Awesome bag! I took some of your cues and made a sleeve. Check it out.