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some time ago i made myself a protective laptop bag since i didn't want to spend money on something that seemed not too difficult to make. it turned out quite nice (i've included pictures at the last step), so a friend asked me if i could make her one, too.
so here is how.
this bag will fit perfectly tight around your laptop and with the thick, furry inside fabric and the sturdy outside fabric will provide nice protection from most things that will normally happen to a portable computer - if you don't start tossing it against a wall it will work fine.

my and my friend both have mac books, but i'm sure that this method will work well for any laptop that is a bit rounded at the edges and is not too thick when closed.
 
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Step 1: Materials needed

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all the amounts of needed stuff are for a 13-inch macbook, for a different sized laptop you may need more or less!

- a piece of sturdy fabric for the outside, aprox. 60 x 50 cm for a 13 inch laptop, non-stretch cotton or similar
- a piece of thick, soft fabric for the inside, aprox. 50 x 35 cm, i used some sort of teddy fabric
- rest of a non-stretch fabric in matching color
- zipper, 60 cm long for a 13 inch laptop, longer or shorter if your laptop is bigger or smaller
- narrow double fold bias tape, around 3 m, around 5-6 mm wide when folded

- shears, pins, measuring tape, thread, ruler
- sewing machine
Shiseiji5 months ago

I appreciate that you would show us less than perfect stitching. I have ripped out more things because it wasn't perfect . . . it looks really nice.

sursula (author)  Shiseiji5 months ago

yeah, sometimes i'm like that, too, but in this case i was like, no one will see it anyway since all the stitching is in the end inside of the bag....

sursula (author) 5 months ago

thank you for all the nice feedback!

and thanx schumi23 for another idea how to make a laptop bag!

Nynaeve5 months ago

Your fabric is Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous!

The finished product looks great. I'm sure people will appreciate the plethora of pictures. :)

schumi235 months ago

Very nice job - I recently made a laptop bag for mine, but it's very different - I made it by making two pillow-like things (2 pieces of fabric with pillow stuffing inside), a tad bigger than my laptop, sewed them together on 3 sides to make a soft pocket. Then sowed that to piece of fabric, and another piece of fabric to make the bag, with a zipper between the 2 outer pieces. Outcome is a zippered bag with 2 compartments, one of which is padded. That way I have my laptop and hard drive in one, and charger + miscleanea in the other. I also added on a pocket in front today for keeping my wallet and stuff. It's a zipper''d piece of fabric I hand sowed, double stitched, onto the back. (Hand sown because the rest of the bag was already completed.)

Very nice instructable - I think I will use some stuff you wrote next time I make something like this.

schumi235 months ago

Very nice job - I recently made a laptop bag for mine, but it's very different - I made it by making two pillow-like things (2 pieces of fabric with pillow stuffing inside), a tad bigger than my laptop, sewed them together on 3 sides to make a soft pocket. Then sowed that to piece of fabric, and another piece of fabric to make the bag, with a zipper between the 2 outer pieces. Outcome is a zippered bag with 2 compartments, one of which is padded. That way I have my laptop and hard drive in one, and charger + miscleanea in the other. I also added on a pocket in front today for keeping my wallet and stuff. It's a zipper''d piece of fabric I hand sowed, double stitched, onto the back. (Hand sown because the rest of the bag was already completed.)

Very nice instructable - I think I will use some stuff you wrote next time I make something like this.

momu_md5 months ago
nice job
sursula (author) 5 months ago

i love the fabric as well, unfortunately it comes from a repurposed old bag so there is no more left for other projects....

Nice job! It looks so professional! I really like the lightening bolt fabric