Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Laptop Sleeve

on May 25 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 58 Comments

Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! joins us each month to share a new project featuring one of our current fabric collections. Don’t miss the PDF patterns in Elizabeth’s Etsy shop and her series of fun tutorials on Oh, Fransson! Many of you have participated in her Quilt-Along too; the series is chock-full of information and step-by-step instruction.

Today’s laptop sleeve project is available as a free PDF download.

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From Elizabeth: Since Father’s Day is coming up, we thought it would be nice to feature fabric and a project that could be used to make a Father’s Day gift. The fabric I used is from Vicki Payne’s For Your Home collection of home dec weight fabrics. I just fell in love with the retro pattern!

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The pattern is for a simple laptop sleeve with a flap closure. It’s very basic in concept, but it does involve sewing through a few layers, so I recommend using a heavyweight/denim needle and, if you have one, a walking foot. I used home-dec weight fabric for the exterior of my laptop sleeve, but you could just as easily use regular mid-weight quilting cotton.

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The dimensions of the pattern pieces are based on the size of your laptop so, in theory, you should be able to use this tutorial to make a snug-fitting sleeve for any size laptop.

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If you make this project, another handmade Father’s Day gift, or a project using For Your Home, we would love to see it in the Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool.

Download your Laptop Sleeve project PDF today!

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58 Responses to Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Laptop Sleeve

  1. Ooh Leela! says:

    Hello, this is such a beautiful and easy to understand tutorial! Thank you for sharing. I mentioned you in one of my blog posts: http://oohleela.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-have-new-computer.html

    Have a great day, Isabela/Ooh Leela!

  2. Sally says:

    Thank you for a most amazing laptop pattern!

  3. michelle says:

    THANK YOU!

  4. 2athenaa says:

    Thank you, the tutorial is great, I cannot sew very good, but i had no problems, so my husband has now a great netbook sleve.

    Greetings from germany

  5. Kathryn says:

    Thank you! I made one for my Grandson’s notebook computer. The directions were great and I was able to create a well liked gift.

  6. Marchelle says:

    This is great. I have a new laptop that I could not find a cover for. I will make this for myself soon.

  7. I will now have the coolest netbook sleeve around town. I am going to grab some fabric after work today! thanks

  8. Michelle says:

    wOW This is a great tutorial. It really works!! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Shalin says:

    This tutorial was AWESOME! I didn’t even mess the first one up! :) Thanks this is great, wonderful instructions too!

  10. Deb says:

    Thanks—I made one today and it worked out great!

  11. Eline says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial! This is the first one I made: http://img16.yfrog.com/i/nsee.jpg/ and I also made a similar one as a xmas gift for my dad. I am about to make my 4th one.. and am considering selling some. Hope you’re okay with me using your instructions! Greetings from the Netherlands :)

  12. Rachel says:

    Great blog! I love this bag and the fabric is lovely. What a great idea! Cheers!

  13. Rachel HB says:

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for such a great online tutorial. I just made a netbook sleeve for my mother in law to give as a Christmas gift. It turned out really nicely, and since I am not a very advanced-level seamstress the photo tutorial really helped a lot. Thanks!

  14. heli says:

    thank you for this great tutorial! i just finished a sleeve – it’öö be a christmas present for my husband.

  15. Sil Falqueto says:

    Hi, Elizabeth. I just met your blog, looking for a laptop sleeve pattern, and this is very nice! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love how chic this is! I must make one ASAP!!! =)

    Anne

  17. Victoria Kendrick says:

    How would I put a shoulder strap on the laptop sleeve?

  18. Gina P. says:

    Elizabeth,

    This is a great pattern – I just whipped up the laptop sleeve AND the matching Kindle2 cover in about an hour… thank you so much!

    PICS:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/gpelucca/CraftyKindle2LatopCover?feat=directlink

  19. Lara says:

    Thanks for a lovely pattern – it made a great laptop sleeve this afternoon. There is one important typo in the pdf that needs correction – when calculating dimensions of the flap panel, it should read “W + 1″ rather than “L + 1″!

  20. Sandra says:

    HELP! I’m brain dead right now. I cut out 2 interlining fleece pieces for exterior fabric but do I need 2 interlining fleece pieces for the lining as well? If yes, need to go to the store pronto! Quick reply back would be appreciated. Thanks!

  21. Joanne says:

    Love this! Linked today…

  22. Chelsea says:

    Thanks so much for this great pattern! I can’t wait to make a beautiful laptop protector. :-)

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Off the top, I think you may want to add a little more ease. The cotton isn’t really “stretched,” but it does fit pretty snugly and I wouldn’t expect nylon to be as forgiving.

    You’re welcome Vicki! Thanks so much for looking. :)

  24. Ayelet D says:

    Great project! Just in time, I really needed it. Thanks!

  25. Helena says:

    Love the fabric. Great project like always. ;)

  26. Shannon Thompson says:

    I’m thinking of using denier cordura nylon for this. Anyone tried using this fabric? Any suggestions?

  27. This is so great i think i am going to try and make it tomorrow!! I am so excited and so is my laptop :)

  28. Vicki Payne says:

    Elizabeth,
    Thank you so much for using my fabric for this great project. You have inspired me to make one myself. Vicki

  29. Michelle Day says:

    Amazing! I have been trying to find a sleeve to fit my laptop and had no luck. But now I can make one. Thanks so much for the pattern!

  30. Shiree says:

    I just love that fabric, it is way so cool!

  31. Angela Moore says:

    Beautiful fabric and a great freebie pattern too! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    Her blog and projects are always so beautiful. Her color choices and work seems is perfection.

  33. Elaine says:

    Beautiful! Who needs a laptop ?
    I want to make it ‘cuz it’s cute!
    Good job!

  34. Hey Thanks! -

  35. Kelli says:

    I think I need one for ME!

  36. Beutiful fabric, love beige and white , great idea of a speacial bag for our laptop.

    Ale

    http://withblueberryheartquiltscorner.blogspot.com/

  37. amy says:

    Love it! And I love the fabric!

  38. Emily Callan says:

    that is cute

  39. Carrie P. says:

    What a fabulous idea. Love the fabric.

  40. Margie says:

    Beautiful laptop bag!!

  41. Mrs. JP says:

    another great project! Thanks.

  42. KZ says:

    Great idea! I love it…

  43. gardenymph says:

    Thank you!!! SO going to attempt this. It’s perfect!!

  44. Kathryn says:

    Oh wow! I love it! I was looking for one of these that I liked, and this is perfect!

  45. Mary says:

    What a great fabric. And perfect for dad’s as it isn’t too girly!

  46. kristi says:

    This is a great project! Thanks for posting it.

  47. Em says:

    I LOVE it!!! I will probably make one for myself, as my Dad doesn’t have a laptop…. but I do, and I need a place to put it for trips and such! So cool! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  48. Lindsey says:

    Thank you for this!!! I’ve been wanting to make something exactly like this for my laptop and now I can use it for my and my mom’s ipods

  49. Andrea says:

    love this!

  50. Valerie says:

    My mom would love this! Is it wrong to give your mom a father’s day present?

  51. Elizabeth says:

    Another reason to get a walking foot! This is so stylish–I’d make one for my husband.

  52. Sara R. says:

    Fabulous gift idea…and super cool fabric choice! Thanks for sharing.

  53. This is such a great idea! And what a perfect way to use this fabric.

  54. Dorte says:

    Oh, this is brilliant. And so well explained – I will make one this week!!! Thank you! :-)

  55. Amber says:

    What a fantastic tutorial!!

  56. Rebecca says:

    I really love this and may just have to make one for myself. The fabric you used is so cute.

  57. Jennifer says:

    Neat! I’m gonna be making one or two of these!

  58. Peggy B says:

    Oh my, Elizabeth has produced another winner pattern and I cannot wait to make one for my new laptop! Way to go Sew Mama Sew for having another great project! Thanks for a great inspiring web site. Peggy

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