I’ve posted a video tutorial on these awesome laptop sleeves, accessory case, or clutch a couple of weeks ago. However due to this whole cyber move (still a working progress), I’ve been back up.
It seemed like some of my viewers (mostly sewing beginners) found the tutorial confusing, so I thought I post a step by step here. I’ve been thinking about doing writing step by step for all of my DIYs but again, I can’t promise.
I hope you dolls enjoy this DIY, it makes great gift giving (*wink to Christmas)! Once you’re on your second one, you will get the hang of it can start customizing it for anyone or anything!
Instructional break down:
Materials: (Sourced from local fabric or craft store) -Faux leather, vinyl, upholstery fabric for heavier items, and thinner fabrics for lighter smaller items for the outside. -Felt type material as a inner liner. -Velcro for the closure, or a buckle if desired. -Scissors, ruler, marker, fabric glue(if non sew) or sewing machine and thread. -Sharpie or pencil for marking fabric. -Iron/ironing board to press the fabric.
Measurements: Measure the width and height of your laptop or whatever you desire.
ADD 1.5-inch to your width and 10.5 inches to your height
Example: My Laptop is 15 inches wide 11 inches in Height.
Width: 15 inches +1 inch = 16″W
Height: 11.5 inch + 10 inch= 21.5″ H
My total measurements: 16 x 21.5 inches
Place materials right sides together.
2) Back pattern:
a. Draw a rectangle, mine is 16 x 21.5 inch
b. Make your fold line (this is where the flap will fold over- fold line): Measure 11.5 inch up from the bottom line, then mark it on the sides.
c. Make another set of marks 1 inch up from the fold line marks. This is will make the flap easier to fold over.
d. The tip for the flap: At the top horizontal line, find your mid-point and mark it. You can either make this pointy of square. To make it square measure out 1-2 inches on the sides. In the video, I added 2 inches going left and 2 inches going right, all together it equals 4 inches.
e. Connect those new marks down to the 2nd set of marks you made from C.
3) Front pattern:
a. With right sides together
b. Draw a 16 x 11.5 inch rectangle
4) Flap (Sew lining to fabric)
a. Pin the right sides together
b. Sew 1/2 inch seam starting at the fold line around to the next fold line (back stitch)
c. snip off any extra bulky seams.
***d. Make a 1/2 inch snip into the seam at the fold line (This will separate the flap from the body and make the rest easier to sew.
a. Turn the flap inside out
b. With hot iron, press the sides down. If you’re using vinyl, be sure to use a damp cloth in between.
6) Front pattern:
a. On the 16 inch width line, pin the right sides together and sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
b. edge stitch, the lining side for a clean finish! (optional)
c. Turn right sides out and Press (the same way explained above)
7) The Closure
a. Marking where your Velcro or choice of closure will lay.
b. sew it on.
*optional: If you’re worried the thread lines will show, you can cover it up with decorative ribbons =)
8) Sew the bag!
a. Pin rights sides together of the front and body.
b. Sew 1/2 inch allowance.
c. Snip off any bulky seam allowances ( I snip off .25 inch on one side of the S.A.)
9) Turn inside out and Press!