|This DIY laptop case helped me get the last life out of some old clothing and a ruined duffle bag.|
Why make my own laptop case? I wanted to keep my fancy new MacBook from getting scratched while I carried it on short trips. But I didn't want a big case that added too much weight and bulk. I wanted to keep things as minimal as possible.
|I used an old soft shirt for the case material and two straps from an old duffle for support.|
Want to make your own laptop case? It's not that hard, and if you're looking for a way to re-use old items that you're otherwise ready to toss, this is a good project.
DIY Laptop Case
- Make sure you have enough fabric to cover your laptop. Check by roughly covering the laptop with it as if you were wrapping a gift.
- Cut the fabric to size, leaving about 2 inches of extra material on all sides for your hems.
- If the fabric is thin, stretchy, or not very sturdy, sew on two or three supporting straps as pictured.
- Decide which edge of the case will be the opening. Hem that edge by folding a 1/4 inch of the fabric over twice and sewing it flat. This will protect the raw cut edge of the fabric from unravelling.
- Now turn the fabric *inside out* and wrap it around your laptop. Use pins to mark where you want the seams to be.
- Use a sewing machine to go over the pin-marked seams while the case is still inside out.
- Turn the case right side in. Ta-da!
- Determine your preferred approach for closing the case. Velcro worked for me!
|I used leftover velcro from other items as my case closure mechanism.|
If you're interested in checking out a more elaborate DIY laptop case, I made an awesome Monster-themed one, posted here: http://www.bakergal.com/2010/02/monster-laptop-case.html.