6.12.2010

How To: Recycled Laptop Sleeve Project

My coworker and friend, Jay, asked me to make him a laptop sleeve for his new MacBook Pro. Having never made one before, I told him "Of course, I'm sure I can figure it out..."
So, that's what I did. Using vintage upholstery fabric from my collection and portions of a large coffee sack Tim brought me from Blanchard's Coffee, I fashioned my first laptop sleeve.

I went about it by ironing fusible interfacing in between the two layers of fabric to keep the sleeve smooth and durable. After a simple edging and right side out rectangle sewing through the trusty Singer machine, I attached a strap recycled from the fabric scraps and hand sewed on a couple of vintage metal snaps.
While I don't think laptop sleeves will be a regular thing for me, it was inspiring to try something new and rewarding to make a tangible reality out of a vision in my head.
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11 comments:

  1. So clever Mary, I love this idea! I'll bet your friend was thrilled with his one-of-a-kind, hip, laptop sleeve.

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  2. Sharon he loved it! I was so happy he liked it as he gave me free reign to make whatever I liked so long as it fit the MacBook Pro. And while I love collecting fabrics, it's an even better feeling when I actually use them...I'm sure you can relate.

    Thanks! xoxo

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  3. Looks great, I keep meaning to create a sleeve for my new laptop but just haven't found the oomph to do it yet.

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  4. Very nice project! I'm with you in terms of using up fabrics we have...I have so much at home, but inspiration and especially time elude me :)

    Wonderful blog and musings, by the way...will be checking back in often.

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