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As promised, here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your very own customized and cute laptop case. This can be great gifts for friends or to keep for yourself.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 yard of semi-durable/thick fabric of your choice
  • 1 yard of batting
  • measuring tape
  • 1 spool of coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • hand-sewing needles
  • 5 inches of velcro (non-stick back preferably)
  • 1 roll of coordinating trim (optional)

You will first need to take the measurements of the laptop case you are designing for. This includes length and width. Keeping your 1 yard of fabric folded in half, measure out the length of the case, and add an extra 2 1/2 to 3 inches, then mark it on the fabric. Do this for the width as well.

Fold out the fabric.

Lay out the fabric onto the batting and cut to match. I would suggest only using one layer of batting if you plan to line the inside of the case with fabric as well, because the layers add up and make it hard to sew through. However, if you don’t plan to line the inside and are okay with having the batting show and want your case a little more sturdy, cut your batting on the fold. If you are lining the inside of your case, cut two of these.

Fold your fabric and batting in half again, this time backwards, so that the “right”(the side you want showing for your finished product) sides of your fabric are back to back, and the batting is on the outside. Pin all around, except for one of the shorter sides. If you are lining your case, match up the fabric on the other side of the batting with the right side facing you.

Sew the edges, leaving a 1/4 of an inch clearance all around.

Before you flip your case back to right side out, take the short side that is not sewn and fold down the opening towards the inside of the case(lining) and sew it. No more than 1 inch.

Now you can turn your case right side out. Check to see if you missed any sections on the seams.

To create your flap that will keep your case closed, take your width measurement and shorten that by 1 1/2 to 2 inches. How long you wish have it is up to you. Repeat the same cutting and batting process as the sleeve.

Take your trim, if you wish to have any, and line the edges of your flap and sew them down. For the case, I only lined the opened ended side.

Now, you will need to attach the flap to the outside of your case. Make sure wherever you sew it on that it is evenly folded in half and will match up on the other side when you close it.

I only sewed the inner edge along the trim onto the case, but you can sew both sides of the trim down for extra measure if you’d  like.

You’re almost done! Now, take your pieces of velcro and attach them to the inside of your flap, and the outside of your case. I would suggest placing the soft piece of velcro on the laptop case.

I unfortunately had sticky-backed velcro on hand, and has to slip stitch around the edges for it to stay on. Avoid this if possible; very time-consuming and painful! The needle likes to gather the sticky buildup and makes it hard to push through.

Once the velcro is attached to both part of the case, you are now done! Here is what your finished product should look like:

-M

I have had a couple of small projects I’ve been meaning to do throughout the last couple of months, and I finally have the extra time to do them! The first one is a laptop case for a friend of mine that was inspired by this book:

I will be posting a tutorial at the end of this week showing the finished(and slightly altered) finished project.

The next DIY was inspired by this picture I found in a magazine:

The simplicity of the shape with the fun, glamorous stripes of sequins, make it a perfect staple for summer. I’m using an old thrift find and doing my own twist on the idea that I can dress up or down all season long. The finished product might take a while since I am having to hand sew all of the sequins on.

More projects are already starting in my mind after finding this new book on a recent trip to JoAnn’s:

(DIY Book. Price- Orignally- $24.95, with coupon- $12.47)

The clothing items in the book are super cute and it even comes with a helpful CD. I also snagged these items while I was there since I had a couple of coupons on hand:

(A pair of Gingher scissors I bought as a gift to myself for getting into FIDM. Already 50% off. Price-$10.99)

(A bag of multi-colored sequins for the DIY project I mentioned above. Price-$3.99)

(An Ironing Blanket that will come in handy when pressing fabric. Price- Originally $12.99, with coupon- $7.99)

Can’t beat a good bargain! I hope everyone has a safe and fun Independence Day.

-M