Introduction: Inexpensive Case for Macbook Pro

About: Retired Firefighter 1966 to 1986; Retired Wheat Farmer 1987 to 2003. Drapery Sales 1969 to 1987. 21 year Quintuple Heart Bypass Surgery Survivor; 18 year Melanoma Cancer Survivor. 86 years young.

I needed an inexpensive, but very sturdy case for my MacBook Pro (MBP) to carry in my truck.  It needed to be strong enough to fall from the truck cab 6 feet to ground with no damage to the MBP.  I also needed access to the computer without removing it from case.

I found a nice used briefcase at a Goodwill store for $10.00.  I bought some 1" and 1/2" foam padding at a fabric store.  I also bought some stretchy fabric and some spray contact cement at Walmart. Not my choice of fabric color, but it was either that or lime green. 

I stripped out the inside of the briefcase and cut 2 pieces of the 1" foam and 1 piece of the 1/2" to fit the bottom and top of the case.  I then cut the middle out of the 1/2" foam to fit the outside of the MBP. I then glued the 1/2" foam over the bottom 1".  I sprayed and glued the fabric over the foam pieces.   After covering the foam with the fabric, I sprayed and glued the 1" foam to the top and other 1" with  the 1/2 attached to the bottom of the case.   

Total cost was under $25.00 and it was easy to convert from a briefcase to a Macbook Pro case.

It does a great job of protecting my MBP, and can be taken on the road without hunting up a case.  Since I now use the case in the house, and not just in the truck, it pretty much stays in the case all the time.