Turn and old hooded sweatshirt into a protective laptop sleeve.
First let me say don't be intimidated by the fact that this involves sewing, this is only the 2nd thing I have ever sewn using a machine, and it turned out just fine.
You will need:
- An old Hoodie.
- Something to mark with.
- A sewing machine (or the appropriate hand sewing skills) with the applicable needle and thread for your chosen method.
- A ruler/Strait edge if you don't wanna eyeball it like I did.
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Step 1: Mark Your Sweat Shirt
Step 1. Layout your sweatshirt as flat as you can (Image One)
Step 2. Lay your laptop about 3 cm (about 1 inch) above the bottom band and try to center it left to right on the pocket. (Image Two)
Step 3. Use chalk, a sharpie, crayons, human blood, or anything that will show up on the fabric to trace out a line leaving about 1.5 cm (about a half inch) padding around the laptop and an extra 1.5 cm at either the top or right side depending on which you would prefer to be the opening. (I used the top, also i just eye balled this as I'm sure will be more than apparent, so you may want to use a ruler for this). The margin will vary vary depending on the thickness of your laptop, just guestimate and you should be ok... the measurements listed are for my laptop which is only about 4 cm thick.
P.S. don't worry to much about marking up the fabric as the edges will be sewn and trimmed before we are done.
Step 2: Cut Up and Pin Your Sweat Shirt
Step 1. Cut along the lines you have just made with a sharp pair of scissors, making sure to go through both the front and back layers. (Image One)
*** Optional. if you will be storing you laptop on its end (vertically). you may want to take this time to sew along one of the curved sides of the pocket. this will give you a long narrow pocket with an opening at the top, so things wont fall out the bottom of the pocket when your done. (Image One note)
Step 3: Pin and Sew the Open Edge.
Step 1. On whichever end you chose to leave open (the side with the extra padding on the border) you will now need to fold back and pin. (Image One).
Step 2. Sew this seam closed. and repeat this on the other layer. (Image Two)
Step 4: Pin and Sew the Remaining Edges.
Step 1. Place the two layers face to face, and Pin the unfinished edges together leaving the top open. (Image One).
Step 2. Sew the along all 3 pined edges about 1 cm in. (Image Two)
Step 5: Trim and Reverse Your New Laptop Sleeve.
Step 1. Trim the excess from the newly sewn edges. (Image One)
Step 2. reverse the "Sleeve" (Image Two)
Step 6: Insert Laptop and Cables
This step is pretty self explanatory just look at the pictures... lol.
Optional... use stencils, paint, buttons/pins, patches, etc. to decorate your new laptop sleeve.
Even more Optional use the the arms of the now chopped up hoodie to make cold weather Ninja Mittens.