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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:
 
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Step 1: Supplies / Tools:

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

obligatory:
  • 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

optional:
  • 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

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.
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Rodrigomecanica made it!4 months ago

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

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tyrock2 years ago
Your design inspired me to make a 2 tone version. Customized it with my name on flap for a grand total of $15.
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spawnos37172 years ago
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.
MRedu2 years ago
I liked this so much i rated it 5 stars :)
iLLiDiaN4 years ago
 This cool I love it ! :D
Kordan90904 years ago
 Found this Instructable this morning, dropped by JoAnne Fabrics, and had it done by 1pm, good Instructable, nice eeePc sleeve!
skyisblu4 years ago
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!
yngla4 years ago
Great instructable! Love the design.
bobert6104 years ago
 thanx for the 'ible. Saved me some $$!
OBar4 years ago
I use a portable DVD player bag for my little netbook, it works great and i have plenty of room for pens, notepads, small animals, etc.
notuboc5 years ago
just made one for my sister in about 45 minutes, super easy and looks sharp~ thanks for the instructable!
( http://twitpic.com/a3jeg )
knarx (author) 5 years ago
Please vote for this ible, if you think it is useful. I could use a sewing machine, as you see, I have to work with velcro and glue so far.
nenad95 years ago
Well, it's my very firs comment on this great site (you should be honoured, you :) I like this very much... Now I only need to get me a netbook :) Once again, great instructable!!! Greets from Serbia!
sareffm5 years ago
it is wonderful. my boyfriend made it for me as a present ...it is unique. thank you for your instructable. keep up your work!
jdtwelve125 years ago
Nice Instructable. The simplest designs are often the best. In answer to your question, I think in American English we'd be more likely to say "flap" than "baffle." Technically, "baffle" is perfectly correct, but it's very rarely used that way in the US. Here the more common use of the word is as a verb: "to baffle," meaning "to confuse." It's possible that English speakers in the UK might use the word in the sense you mean, but I can't say for sure. I hope this isn't as baffling as it sounds. :)
thejimdandy5 years ago
Thanks Knarx. I shall make a leather one for my macbook. Save me lots of $$$ and I'm sure it'll be a lot less waste compared to a store bought one. :)
knarx (author)  thejimdandy5 years ago
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.
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
Southpole5 years ago
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)  Southpole5 years ago
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)  Southpole5 years ago
Fuchstaschen? Never heard of them. But I am interested now and will google it. Stuttgart is not so far from my original hometown.
i got one with my EEEpc :P
knarx (author)  i make shooting things5 years ago
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.
vistal5 years ago
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)  vistal5 years ago
You just unfold it to use the netbook.
Timofly5 years ago
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=)
thejrb5 years ago
May be trying something similar to this... I've got an msi wind. It's similar to the eee put with a usable keyboard. ;)
I have heard that MSI swapped the p and b keys on the wind, can you confirm this? ;)
you mean the places of them? no they're in the right spot.
tabi5 years ago
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 ;)
mweston5 years ago
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 mweston5 years ago
As nice as the idea is i'd be very weary to have neodymium magnets that close to a laptop ;)
mweston Eirinn5 years ago
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 mweston5 years ago
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 Eirinn5 years ago
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 mweston5 years ago
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 Eirinn5 years ago
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 mweston5 years ago
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 eygen5 years ago
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
eygen5 years ago
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
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