Laptop Sleeve

    Posted by  ·  July 29, 2010

    It’s the  Bake, Craft & Sew Along —the sewing edition! Don’t forget to skip on over to According to Kelly to see some fun crafty non-sewing gifts and to A Southern Fairytale for edible goodies that will be perfect this holiday season.


    I know this is a handmade gift series but Char from Crap I’ve Made shows how to make a simple and cool laptop sleeve that I must make for myself! It would make a great gift too! Don’t miss all the lovely  things (crap) she makes on her blog!

    Char writes…

    I’m Char from Crap I’ve Made. I don’t like pudding or hugging. I love Diet Coke and naps. I readily admit to fake crying in an attempt to get out of sewing class in the 9th grade. My teacher didn’t buy it, and the rest is history. And, I’m thrilled to be here participating in the Holiday Bake, Craft, & Sew Along.

    Here’s my tutorial for a zippered laptop sleeve. Since it’s measurement based, you could adapt it to fit an iPad or other electronic gadget, too.

    How to Make a Zippered Laptop Sleeve



    Outer fabric
    Lining fabric
    Fusible fleece
    Zipper (approximately 4” longer than your laptop)

    Measure your laptop, wrapping your tape measure all the way around.

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    Mine measures 18.5” X 24.5”. (Yes, it’s tiny.)

    Split both of those measurements in half. In my example, that would be 9.25” X 12.25”. Add 1.25” to both of those measurements. In my example that’s 10.5” X 13.5”. We’re finished with the math. Cut 2 pieces from your outer fabric this size. Cut 2 pieces from your lining fabric this size. Cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece this size. I then trimmed 1/2” off all around my fusible fleece because I didn’t want the bulk in my seams.


    Embellish one of your exterior pieces as desired now. I’m including directions for exactly how I made mine, but feel free to change that up to personalize your laptop sleeve.

    Cut a strip of fabric 3.5” wide and then press under 1/4” on the top and bottom edges.


    Position on the front of your laptop sleeve and stitch in place along both edges.


    Cut a strip of fabric 3” high by at least twice the width of your laptop case. Fold under 1/2” on both long edges and press.


    Run a long gathering stitch (do not backstitch) about 1/4” in along both long edges. Pull your bobbin threads to gather evenly. Position in the middle of the larger strip and stitch in place.


    (I made the decorative flower using these directions on WiseCraft. It’s attached to a pin and is removable so you won’t see it until the final pictures.)

    Iron your fusible fleece to the wrong sides of both pieces of outer fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions.


    Take your zipper and place it face down and centered along the top edge of your front piece. You should have excess zipper on both ends.


    Pin the zipper in place in the center. In order to get the zipper to go around the corners nicely, you’re going to make a few shallow snips along the part you need to bend.


    Keep on pinning around both corners. I like to use A LOT of pins.


    Baste the zipper in place. I used white thread so it would show up better for photographic purposes.


    Position your lining fabric directly on top of your front piece, right sides facing.

    DSC_0168-1 Sew just inside of your basting line. Turn your pieces right side out. Press your exterior and lining fabrics away from the zipper.


    Close the zipper. Position your other exterior piece on top, so the sides are even. Slide it up until it’s even with the zipper and pin. Unzip and repeat the zipper installation steps for the back half of the case.

    Here’s what you’ve got now…nice neat zipper and ugly unfinished seams everywhere else.


    Pull your exterior fabrics over so the right sides are facing, like this:


    Keep turning until you’ve got both exterior pieces facing and both lining pieces facing.


    Don’t be alarmed by the hot mess it appears to be right now. You’re *almost* there!

    Reach up between the exterior layers and undo the zipper a few inches (big enough to fit your hand through and reach to undo the zipper the rest of the way later).

    You’re going to sew ONLY on the exterior pieces. Fold, pull, and otherwise maneuver the lining pieces out of the way. You’ll be sewing from one end of the zipper to the other.

    In the above picture, you’d sew from one pin, down around the bottom edge and then up to the other pin.

    Repeat with the lining pieces, BUT leave a 4-5” hole in the bottom (again, big enough to fit your hand through).


    Stick your hand way up in there and grab the bottom seam on the exterior fabrics.


    And pull it out through the hole.

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    Close up the hole in the lining. I usually pull it all the way out and machine stitch close to the edge, but you could hand stitch if you prefer.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand you’re done!


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    1. Audrey Hess
      Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
      I had made a tote as a gift and my husband said there should've been a pocket for a laptop in it. It was too late to add a pocket, so I searched for laptop sleeve patterns and found yours. I wanted the zipper to go around the corners a little like yours did. The zipper went in fine, but I didn't realize the zipper ends wouldn't get concealed with the way your pattern was written. I un-sewed a great deal, folded the zipper ends into the seam and then re-sewed everything from that point on (I guess I should have known to tuck the ends in in the first place). I could've used some close up photos of the zipper ends during installation. Once I did that, it turned out well and I was pleased with the finished sleeve. Thanks for the instructions.
    2. Sally Heise
      Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
      I really like how the zip wraps around corners. I have started mine and was doing alright until I got to the step where I am supposed to attach the back to the zip. Totally confusing for me. Should I have already attached the other interior piece when I attached the front interior? How is the back piece facing the zip and the front piece? Very frustrating for me. I wish you had more pics of placement. Also what type of zip did you use? I would not recommend this to a newer sewer. I had to toss my zip after the rip out and my front interior piece is looking as frazzled as I was feeling. Yours is just lovely! I am really disappointed but I won't be finishing mine.
    3. Amanda Sue
      Friday, August 2nd, 2013
      Anyone find out what this fabric is? I absolutely love this dahlia color combo!
    4. Jodi G
      Monday, February 25th, 2013
      I love it! Can't wait to make it. I have a notebook that I carry in my purse, and it will be great protection for it. Why not more than one!
    5. Bibi
      Sunday, February 24th, 2013
      I like Diane Vautier'S idea to use a shirt.
    6. JasmynJade
      Sunday, February 24th, 2013
      I didn't see how the yellow flower was made. Those type floweres are what I am tying to make.
      Can anyone help???

      Thanks in advance
    7. STUBBY
      Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
      I couldn't access the flower directions =( help!
    8. Saturday, December 1st, 2012
      Really like the laptop case. If Santa brings me a Kindle Fire HD it will definitely get one of these in which to reside.
    9. Carly
      Monday, April 9th, 2012
      Made easy to follow!

      How could I switch it up so the zipper goes the entire way around for say my ipad, more of a case than a sleeve? (Kind of like a zippered binder cover?)
    10. kat
      Sunday, February 5th, 2012
      Hey I love your tutorial! I am using it as a guide to make my own sleeve! Each side is actually divided into panels to represent the french flag! On one side I feature a black silhouette of the eiffel tower, and a silhouette of the Paris opera house on the other side! :D
    11. Thursday, January 5th, 2012
      We're a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful to you.
    12. Mona
      Saturday, October 1st, 2011
      Thank so much it's Really amazing, I think I need to make one for my laptop!!
      best regards
    13. Monday, September 19th, 2011
      Thanks a lot for the tutorial. Lovely dress for the laptop! Bye, Clara.
    14. Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
      Excellent tutorial, always a lot easier to follow with pictures. Can't wait to give this a shot and keep the laptop that bit cleaner.
    15. Friday, May 27th, 2011
      so cute.
      i just made this and posted it on my blog.
      turned out super cute.
      thanks for the tute!
    16. Pat
      Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
      Thanks so much for the great idea and great instructions!!
    17. Sunday, January 16th, 2011
      This was an awesome tutorial. I used your instructions to make one from a trade show tee-shirt as the exterior. I added fusible craft interface to give the tee-shirt some structure and used blue flannel for the lining. My zipper was shorter (I like yours better but I used what I had). Here's a pic.

      Thanks again for sharing the instructions. You rock.

    18. Friday, December 24th, 2010
      Love this! Just made one for one of my sisters for Christmas.
    19. Sunday, December 5th, 2010
      I featured this cute idea on my blog today!
    20. Monday, November 15th, 2010
      i love how easy this looks i have too try making one for my husbands laptop.thanks for the idea.
    21. smallwonderknits
      Monday, October 4th, 2010
      Loving your sleeve, I've cut out my pieces ready for my half-term holiday project. One quick qustion (for now), what is the seam allowance that you used?
    22. Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
      This is a lovely tutorial - but I am making it now and I have a question as well. For this step - is the exterior piece right side or wrong side up? I'm so confused! Thanks!

      Close the zipper. Position your other exterior piece on top, so the sides are even. Slide it up until it’s even with the zipper and pin. Unzip and repeat the zipper installation steps for the back half of the case.
    23. Friday, August 6th, 2010
      I am working on this right now, using this tutorial, and I have a lot of questions. Is there someone I can email for help? Thanks!!!
    24. Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
      definitely going to try this project for my laptop!
    25. Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
      WOW this is beautiful i love it, love it love it!

      I need to make this TODAY! It is so beautiful thank you so much for the tutorial
    26. Kristin
      Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
      Great tutorial! Can I ask the name of the fabric? I love the dahlia print!
    27. Laura
      Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
      Can you tell us where you found the lovely fabric? Muchas gracias!
    28. Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
      I've been wanting to make something almost exactly like this for a while now, I was just too lazy to figure it out on my own! Thanks!!
    29. Saturday, July 31st, 2010
      Wonderful tutorial! Just want I needed. My husband's birthday is coming up and his new laptop needs a new cozy hope. Can't wait to make it! Thank you for sharing.
    30. Friday, July 30th, 2010
      I love that Cindy! I need to make one for my new laptop :) So pretty!

    31. Friday, July 30th, 2010
      The detail on this is so pretty. Can't wait to try it.
    32. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      I absolutely love this.
      And you could add some wee handles onto the outside fabric as well, so if you wanted to carry it by hand you could.
    33. Brenda Moore
      Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      Very very classy. Looks super and I am going to make the effort.
      Thank-you for yours,

      Brenda J.Moore
    34. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      Very pretty. Thank you.
    35. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      Great tutorial! I can't wait to try it.
    36. Roberta
      Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      That is so beautiful and clever - just what I needed for my new laptop. What fabric did you use?

    37. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      Another awesome tutorial. Thank you! I'm truly enjoying these!
    38. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      Wow, this is awesome! Love that it has not just ruffles, but a flower too. So pretty!
    39. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      Good design but have you considered using something to protect the laptop rather than batting? Head liner fabric has become my favorite and really protects in a fall.
    40. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      That's so pretty!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:

    41. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
      I think I may just have to make this!! Thank you!