Wooh! I just made my own laptop case and I LOVE it.
I’ve been wanting a laptop case for a long time, ever since I got my MacBook Air. I looked around at quite a few laptop cases, but none really spoke to me, and they all were over-priced in my opinion. So of course I decided to make my own. I looked around online, finding quite a few free tutorials, as well as finding some projects in books and magazines I already had. I shared my favorites in a curated blog post: How To Make a Laptop Case – a Sewing Project Roundup.
In the end, the winning project for me was: Laptop Case by Tone Finnanger – p27 in her book Tilda’s Studio: Over 50 fresh projects for you, your home and loved ones. I loved the shape, the envelope style, and that it only had one pattern piece.
For the exterior cotton fabric, I used Ava Rose in Blue, designed by Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit Fabrics. For the cotton lining, I used a black/gray damask I got from Hobby Lobby. I fused some medium-weight interfacing to the lining fabric, layered sew-in heavy-weight interfacing under the exterior fabric, and sandwiched a piece of cotton batting between.
The pattern was pretty easy to follow, but I strayed from it quite a bit. The pattern doesn’t call for any batting or quilting at all. I definitely wanted to add some batting for protection. Which meant quilting was in order.
I am definitely NOT a machine quilting expert. But I CAN sew in a straight line. So I latched in the walking foot on my sewing machine, lengthened the stitch a little, and used the lining fabric’s lines as a quilting guide. Not bad. I used quite a few safety pins to keep things from shifting, and it worked quite well. I was worried about the fabric bunching at the intersecting corners, but they didn’t because I went slow and steady. SLOW AND STEADY, girls. I ended up using the walking foot for the whole project, since the layers were pretty bulky.
The project instructions said to finish the edges by making a close zig zag stitch all the way around the case. Ummm, I don’t think so. I tested my zig-zagging skills on some scrap fabric, and NO CAN DO. My stitches were just too irregular and messy to settle for this technique. So I pulled out my stash of bias tape. I inherited a TON of this stuff my from grandma. I wasn’t sure which color to go with – I had either a packaged black or some pink bias strips, but I was safe and went with black.
By the way, it feels so good to use my grandma’s materials in my projects – her memory lives on in my creations 🙂 And hellloooo, $0.15 for a package of all-cotton bias tape?!
Ok, bias tape is on, velcro strips are attached (another tweak from the pattern), all done and lookin’ good. But will it fit????