DIY Laptop Sleeve (Envelope Clutch)

laptop case 4I have always thought the fabric selection in Malaysia to be pretty limited. But before my return from Norway, a friend peaked my interests when she informed me of the arrival of Spotlight, an Australian based fabric store.

When I was in Melbourne, I had been incredibly spoiled by the selection of fabrics, so you can imagine my disappointment when I moved back to KL. This also meant that when I discovered an Australian fabric store had opened in my home town, it was a bit of a squee moment.

I found some lovely remnant fabrics which were perfect for a couple of projects percolating in my brain.

I have an Alienware laptop, to those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a powerful laptop that many gamers use (I don’t use it for gaming though, just some intensive architectural work). But essentially, it is a large, heavy laptop. I have been looking for a sleeve or case for it for the longest time, but nothing seemed to be right.laptop case 3

When I spotted some pretty fabrics, I was determined to make a cover for it. So here is how I did it.

Tools:

  • Cover fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Padding
  • Sewing machine
  • pins

Instructions:

Instruction Layout - LAPTOP SLEEVE

1. Measure out the size of fabric you need. The back layers need to be 1.5 the height of the laptop and the front layers need to be the height of the laptop.

I gave myself a lot of room on all sides so that I can adjust the size as I go along.

Cut back layers and front layer from each fabric, cover, lining and filling/padding.

2. Align the front layers in this manner. Filling at the back, lay the lining on top with wrong side down, then lay the cover fabric on top right side down.

3. Sew across the top through all three layers.

4. Trim the filling layer above the seam. Press.

This will help reduce the bulkiness on the edges when you fold everything into place.

5. Fold the cover fabric over so that the right sides of the lining and cover fabric are facing outwards. Press in place. Then sew across the top.

6. Place the sewn front layers in between the back layers.

Place the back layer filling down, then place the back layer cover fabric on top wrong side down, then place the sewn front layers on top with the cover fabric facing down, then place the back layer lining fabric on top right side down.

7. Sew the sides joining back and front layer.

This would probably be a good point to turn everything right side out and test the fit of the sleeve then adjust the seams accordingly.

8. Leave a 1 cm gap at the bottom of the sides.

9. Make and sew the button hook onto the top of the flap.

The button hook tutorial can be found below.

The button hook should be placed at the centre of the flap and between the cover fabric and lining

10. Cut the desired shape of the flap in and sew around the edges.

This finishes the sides and top of the sleeve. 

I have chosen to use an envelope shape, but you can cut any shape you like for the flap, a curve, a slant or even have a straight edge.

11. Clip the corners of the sewn edges.

This will reduce the bulkiness when turned right side out.

12. Trim 1 cm off  the bottom of the filling layers.

This will reduce the bulkiness when turned right side out.

If you are using a very thin padding then this step may not be necessary.

13. Sew across the bottom of the cover fabric layers.

The right sides should be facing each other and you can sew right across.

14. Sew lining fabric layers together on the sides, but leave a gapin the middle.

The right sides should be facing each other.

15. Turn the whole thing right side out.

Put your hand between the cover fabric and lining of the back layers. When your hand is inside, grab the button hook tab, lead it through the gap and slowly push and pull everything though.

16. Hand stitch the gap of the lining close with a blind stitch.

17. Figure out where you want to place the button and sew in place.

 

Below is the tutorial to making the button hook:
Instruction Layout - BUTTON HOOK

1. Cut a piece of fabric slightly longer than you intended length and approximately 1″ in width.

2. Fold the fabric in half length ways.

3. Unfold and fold one long edge towards the centre.

4. Fold the other long edge towards the centre,

5. Fold the entire length in half once again.

6. Sew across length ways.

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This is a great project because you can now make a cover or sleeve for practically anything. I also love that given the right fabrics, this is also a perfect base for creating your own envelope clutch bag or even have the case double as one when it’s not in use as a laptop sleeve!

It is actually a fairly quick project and only took a couple of hours to whip up.

I now want to make covers for EVERYTHING and maybe adjust it for a few clutch bags I have in mind 🙂

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I hope you liked it!

LOve <3

Yin

xx