I was inspired to make this by one of the links on my Round Tuit party last week. Artsy Fartsy Mama made a beautiful laptop cover.
I started out with the intention of making one the same as her tutorial is wonderfully simple, but our old laptop has these little catches on the inside, which would have been covered over and then wouldn't have shut properly! Sigh! Nothing is every simple and straightforward is it!
Love the palm tree in the reflection here!!!
Anyway.... I decided to make a bag instead.
Our daughter has our old laptop - but it's set up right in front of my sewing machine..which as you can imagine is not ideal for me - and I have to keep moving it!
So now that it has it's own bag - moving it will be much easier!
So here's my tutorial if you'd like to try one for your laptop !
The laptop I made this for measures 36 cm x 27 cm x 4 cm.
All laptops are not made equal so you would need to measure yours to see if you need to enlarge or reduce my measurements.
This bag holds the laptop itself, power cord, mouse and cord and mouse mat!
Materials you will need:
2 Pieces strong outer material( I used curtain fabric) 44 cm x 42 cm
2 Pieces soft inner material (I used fleece) 44 cm x 42 cm
1 Pocket piece 30 cm x 23 cm
1 Pocket piece 22 cm x 22 cm
2 Straps 34 cm x 10 cm
Stitch in velcro - 2 pieces for pockets 8 cm each
1 piece for main bag 33 cm
First take your two pocket pieces - and double turn and stitch the outer edge to neaten, and stitch on one side of the velcro centrally placed:
Next lay one of your outer pieces of fabric over the laptop to help you place your pockets:
Pin in place, turning the raw edges under.
Concertina the corners just a little like this so that the pocket is not totally flat:
Pin the other side of the velcro to the main bag piece, then stitch the velcro and the pocket firmly into place.
Repeat for the other pocket:
For the straps - fold them in half, then open out and fold the outer edges in towards the centre fold, and stitch along both long edges: Pressing the fabric along the folds will make this easier:
Now you're ready to assemble the bag:
Pin the outer pieces of fabric, right sides together and stitch around 3 sides - leaving what will be the top of the bag open.
Repeat this for the inner pieces of fabric.
Clip the corners, then turn the outer fabric right sides out - and slip the inner 'bag' inside it like this:
Pin the handles in place on both sides of the open bag top, then stitch securely:
Turn the outer and inner fabrics in on themselves to hide both raw edges. Make the turning around 3cm to allow for plenty of secure stitching! Pin the inner and outer fabrics together:
Stitch two rows all around the top of the bag - then pin and stitch the velcro in place on the inside opening of the bag:
Now your bag is finished and ready to put your laptop and accessories in:
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