Introduction: Make Your Own Nice Felt EeePC / Netbook Pouch for About $ 8 (and Save $ 91 Instead of Buying From Redmaloo)

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This instructable will show you, how to make your own, very nice and good lookin' laptop or even better netbook pouch. It will store your netbook, give you a mousepad, the feeling of using something unique, nice and handmade and the goos feeling of having not payed too much. I saw this pouch for about 99 Euros, which would be about $ 130 at the time, I am writing this.

Look what you need in the next step:

Step 1: Supplies / Tools:

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Here is what you need (for 10 netbooks, like the eeePC 1000H):

  • a piece of felt in the colour you want (at least it should have 60x60 cm / 25x25 - it's a proof of concept, feel free to get a larger piece of felt or leather or the fabric you think would fit best your taste for even bigger laptops or your picnic table or anything else), I used a black one, which was a good choice for business purposes, but a bad one for the instructables because of having no contrast
  • a scissor
  • a ruler
  • hook and loop-tape

  • a set square
  • a dressing marker
  • fabric glue (or if you can sew, than sew)
  • electric iron
  • round cup for smooth edges

Step 2: Mark Your Pattern

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First of all let me say, that I made this very well fitting pouch with a bit sense of proportion.
Lay down your Netbook on the fabric, so you can turn over the felt nearly to cover the hole netbook/laptop. I the case you have an eeePC 1000H like me, the upper angles is a good line to align.

Bend the felt and mark the bending with your dressing marker. Turn back the felt and draw a line from mark to mark.

Then draw right-angled lines a bit wider than your laptops width. Look at the picture. To describe this is more difficult to me as a non-native speaker than it will be in real, so don't be confused.

After marking the end of the top baffle (by turning it over with the netbook in the felt) you should have the pattern, shown in the next step.

Step 3: The Finished Pattern - Scissor It...

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When you finished marking your pattern, cut it out. The X marks the waste, the pattern shoul look like an round edged cross.

Step 4: Glue, Sew or Tape the Hook-and-loop Tape Onto Your Fabric.

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Glue the hook-and-loop-tape onto the fabric in the given positions on the picture, try the positions over and over by folding the felt back and forth.

Step 5: Finish It.

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Fold the pouch together, at it's best with the netbook already in it.

Step 1:
Turn the lower side upwards.

Step 2:
Flap the left and right buffle onto the lower side, which now lays on your netbook.

Step 3:
Close the upper ans last baffle.

Taaaadaaaaaaaa. Finished.
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I would enjoy your comments.


Rodrigomecanica made it! (author)2014-03-28

I used wool felt, is more resistant and also a silicon gun

tyrock (author)2012-02-10

Your design inspired me to make a 2 tone version. Customized it with my name on flap for a grand total of $15.

spawnos3717 (author)2011-12-31

Very nice design-*****. FYI, your english is excellent. I had no problems understanding you instructions. If one is to be blind to compassion, noone will understand the messenger.

MRedu (author)2011-10-21

I liked this so much i rated it 5 stars :)

iLLiDiaN (author)2010-05-09

 This cool I love it ! :D

Kordan9090 (author)2010-02-24

 Found this Instructable this morning, dropped by JoAnne Fabrics, and had it done by 1pm, good Instructable, nice eeePc sleeve!

skyisblu (author)2009-11-16

Great Instructable - I am currently using it to craft my own laptop pouch, though I have to adjust for a 6-cell battery pack, and I am inserting a pocket for the adapter and other accessories. Thanks for the great step-by-step - very easy to follow!

yngla (author)2009-11-06

Great instructable! Love the design.

bobert610 (author)2009-10-24

 thanx for the 'ible. Saved me some $$!

OBar (author)2009-08-06

I use a portable DVD player bag for my little netbook, it works great and i have plenty of room for pens, notepads, small animals, etc.

notuboc (author)2009-07-11

just made one for my sister in about 45 minutes, super easy and looks sharp~ thanks for the instructable!
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knarx (author)2009-05-21

Please vote for this ible, if you think it is useful. I could use a sewing machine, as you see, I have to work with velcro and glue so far.

nenad9 (author)2009-05-20

Well, it's my very firs comment on this great site (you should be honoured, you :) I like this very much... Now I only need to get me a netbook :) Once again, great instructable!!! Greets from Serbia!

sareffm (author)2009-05-19

it is wonderful. my boyfriend made it for me as a present is unique. thank you for your instructable. keep up your work!

jdtwelve12 (author)2009-05-16

Nice Instructable. The simplest designs are often the best. In answer to your question, I think in American English we'd be more likely to say "flap" than "baffle." Technically, "baffle" is perfectly correct, but it's very rarely used that way in the US. Here the more common use of the word is as a verb: "to baffle," meaning "to confuse." It's possible that English speakers in the UK might use the word in the sense you mean, but I can't say for sure. I hope this isn't as baffling as it sounds. :)

thejimdandy (author)2009-05-14

Thanks Knarx. I shall make a leather one for my macbook. Save me lots of $$$ and I'm sure it'll be a lot less waste compared to a store bought one. :)

knarx (author)thejimdandy2009-05-15

Actually you have neraly no waste. You can use the waste of the felt to make a pouch for your iPod for example, just in the same way.

thejimdandy (author)knarx2009-05-15

Good idea Knarx. Thanks :)
I actually meant the waste produced by packaging etc from the expensive store bought one. Sorry for not clarifying ;
The extra felt off cuts would most likely end up under the potting mix in my pot plants (for the water hungry plants. Don't do this otherwise or you'll get root rot). Re-use before recycling. Thanks again for the great ideas Knarx

Southpole (author)2009-05-14

hi nice work. i've been also interested in this kind of design for quite a while since it allows you to pack some additional stuff if required, like legacy documents and peripherals. do you know fuchstaschen from stuttgart? they also use this design and are larger and really nice, but even more expensive than redmaloo.

knarx (author)Southpole2009-05-15

p.s.: that's the spirit you can use the pouch very tight, when you only carry the netbook with you, but it is expendable, so you can carry things with you in the pouch.

knarx (author)Southpole2009-05-15

Fuchstaschen? Never heard of them. But I am interested now and will google it. Stuttgart is not so far from my original hometown.

i make shooting things (author)2009-05-11

i got one with my EEEpc :P

Me too, but - for example - samsung delivers only a bad, thin and ugly sleeve with their netbooks. Mine from the eeePC is quite nice but I always was interested in this style.

vistal (author)2009-05-11

I would never run a laptop inside that case it already gets hot .You may burn it up. Also i wouldn't use magnets use Velcro.

knarx (author)vistal2009-05-15

You just unfold it to use the netbook.

Timofly (author)2009-05-15

i made one from my dad's old suit. it was nice materials, but i made it into a zipper laptop protector which stays attached to the laptop even when in use=)

thejrb (author)2009-05-07

May be trying something similar to this... I've got an msi wind. It's similar to the eee put with a usable keyboard. ;)

cokebottle tuque (author)thejrb2009-05-07

I have heard that MSI swapped the p and b keys on the wind, can you confirm this? ;)

thejrb (author)cokebottle tuque2009-05-14

you mean the places of them? no they're in the right spot.

tabi (author)2009-05-14

TNX, I saw the original done in grey felt and I thought it could be done on leather or neoprene, so I was racking my brain to get the pattern out of a picture... so REALLY THANK YOU!!!! on the neoprene thing, I have an old wetsuit lying around so that could look cool... recycling and all thatt, you know ;)

mweston (author)2009-05-07

A cool concept to try with this would be to use magnets and wrap the edges of the felt around small neodymium (or similar strength) magnets. With this you could just flip the case together and it would stick. I would not trust this to hold very tightly though, so you'd have to be careful. Another thing to watch out for is sensitive components, but if you did this with the magnets on the screen-top side you should be fine. Anyway, cool design - simple and sleek

Eirinn (author)mweston2009-05-07

As nice as the idea is i'd be very weary to have neodymium magnets that close to a laptop ;)

mweston (author)Eirinn2009-05-08

very few components are actually affected by magnetism, of you have an HDD, keep big magnets away though. I'm not going into specifics, but those magnets loose power exponentially as distance increases - so a small magnet that is the thickness of the netbook away from the HDD will do no harm. If you have an SSD then there is virtually nothing to worry about.

Eirinn (author)mweston2009-05-10

There's next to no harm if it's a HDD either, those things are shielded nowadays and you really have to try cram a magnet inside of it or throw it into a small EM field. Maybe it's just an old habit to keep magnets away from computers i'm not sure.

mweston (author)Eirinn2009-05-11

I think its more of a better safe than sorry thing, because in most cases I would try to keep big magnets away from a HDD

Eirinn (author)mweston2009-05-12

Hmm i guess it might be the same thing in my case - i wouldn't feel too safe with a magnet close to my laptop - must be one of those "the sky might fall down things" that are baseless, but it just feels nice to feel "safe".

hcold (author)Eirinn2009-05-07

Well, the monitor isn't a CRT, and the memory isn't magnetic if it's a solidstate, so all should be safe unless I'm overlooking something vitally important.

eygen (author)mweston2009-05-11

The only magnets strong enough to hold that together are also magnets that would damage your notebook, so I don't think that's an option. Good idea though.

mweston (author)eygen2009-05-11

The commets below covered that, it should generally be safe, but in my opinion it is good to be on the safe side of things

eygen (author)2009-05-11

That's a great idea! For the next laptop I'm getting (a lot bigger than the one I have now, so I can't use the same bag), I'll make this instead. Nice design too :D

marcelor (author)2009-05-07

I've been thinking about this very same design for quite sometime but I was not able to find suitable felt. Anyone have a source for high quality felt in the US? All I ever seen around here is low quality industrial packing stuff, nothing like one can get, say, in Germany.

emiko (author)marcelor2009-05-09

Stores like Joann's, Hancocks, etc are usually pretty good sources, also try looking for specialty fabric/upholstery fabric stores in your area. Most will carry wool felt in various weights by the yard.

annakeady (author)marcelor2009-05-08

There's a source on - do a search for a seller named filzfelt - they also have a website. I have not used their felt - but it is German and it looks as if it's much higher quality than the stuff you find in craft stores. They are US based - located in Boston. They have two thicknesses - 2mm and 3mm and swatches available for purchase. It looks like it's what you are looking for.

knarx (author)marcelor2009-05-08

Maybe you can get some felt at the arts and crafts supply store. Or maby you can pack two sheets of thinner felt together, cut out the pattern and sew the edges, maybe in another coloured thread. This could possibly look very good, I think.

benz_z (author)2009-05-08

how do you feel about your eeePC do you find it fast enough? do you feel its worth your money? (great -ible im thinking if doing something similar for my ipod i always get finger prints on the back)

sundaramkumar (author)2009-05-08

Great work. Nice and attractive. Can you tell me what type of material(fabric) can be used.?

knarx (author)sundaramkumar2009-05-08

I used a thicker felt, but I think that actually you can use nearly everything, you can bend and you can attach something like a hook-and-loop-tape on.

mowdish (author)2009-05-07

This is a nice design. You've inspired me to make something similar for my own eee.

capricorn (author)2009-05-07

Smart, easy, quick, effective, cheap. The mark of a perfect 'Ible. Nicely done my friend :)

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