Let's get started.
Step 1: Materials
13 inch Apple Macbook Air
rotary blade and/or scissors
cutting board (self-healing ones are best for this)
top stitch or heavy duty sewing machine needle
top stitch or heavy duty thread in any color
sewing machine (but you can hand stitch instead)
grommets package and application tool. (I used 1/2 inch, bronze)
Step 2: Measuring
After measuring, I took my leather piece and played around with how I wanted the final product to look. This is where I discovered how amazing the end grain of my leather is and decided to leave it raw (untouched, unsewn) and to expose that end as the top flap.
Step 3: Cutting
I cut two straight edges with my rotary blade and makeshift ruler using the width of my device and adding on a 3/4 inch margin to each side.
For the length, I doubled over the fabric, so half of it sat underneath my device, and the other half on top. Then I decided how long I wanted the front flap to be, and added that length to the piece sitting underneath. Picture 3 of this step better describes this process. The length of leather sitting on top of the laptop will be the front flap, but it is a continued piece of the back portion. simple, eh?
Please be sure of your measurements BEFORE you cut! Leather ain't cheap!
Step 4: Sewing
Using my regular-run-of-the-mill sewing machine, heavy duty thread and needle, I hand-cranked stitches along the two side lengths. I did this because my machine's motor couldn't handle sewing the leather. Therefore, I used the side wheel on my machine to move the needle through my leather, creating stitches. This can also be completely hand sewn, but would require a leather punch, which I didn't have.
After sewing one edge, I was pretty happy with the way the stitches saw and so I continued on to sew the other edge.
Pop in your laptop/ Ereader/ tablet to make sure it fits snugly inside. Remember that leather stretches, so over time, it'll conform to the shape of your device, so make sure its snug.
Step 5: Adding Grommets
Because my end grain top flap isn't straight by any means, I decided I wanted my grommets to be off-centered. This is just a personal preference.
Following the instructions on my grommets package, I traced the inner grommet hole onto the wrong side of my leather flap, cut it, and using the anvil the grommets came with and a hammer, I fitted my grommets perfectly. I ended up using two grommets, so repeated this step twice.
Step 6: Threading Through
I hand stitched the two raw ends of the webbing with contrasting thread to ensure the webbing wouldn't unfurl.
Step 7: Enjoy!
btw- depending on your leather grade, it'll probably have enough give so you could throw in a few extra things like a notebook and pencils etc. This thing just keeps on giving!
Have a great time accepting compliments!