DIY: How To Make A Simple And Stylish Computer Sleeve

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The computer sleeve I used before was, shall we say, flashy in a wrong way. It was checkered with lots of vibrant colours, just not the colours I considered good looking. But I didn’t have anything else and sleeves are SO damn expensive! After searching for a simple and more suitable sleeve for my MacBook I decided that the sleeves I could buy were not near worth the high price requested for the really good looking ones. Instead I decided to make my own one from scratch! Now sadly I didn’t take pictures in the process, but I have some pictures of the finished product and I will try my best to instruct you. I made this for my MacBook Pro Retina 13” but it can be made for practically any laptop, that is not 3 inches thick. The process is super easy and simple and as a reader pointed out it can be used for tablets as well! And the end product is amazing. If you want to know what to pair it with check out my:

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What you’ll need is:

– three millimeter felt:

Choose a felt too thin and the sleeve will quickly fail in the corners due to the stress from the computer inside. Too a felt too thick and your fingers will never forgive you after you try to stitch the layers together.

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– thin faux leather layer (optional):

This is optional for the decoration of the sleeve. I bought a layer that was adhesive on one side, so I didn’t need to sew it to the felt.

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– thick thread:

The thread will have to take some beating as well, so it has to be strong but also pliable.

– curved needle or thick needle:

They normally come in a bundle with three to five needles.

IMG_0001 Here is my short guide:

Step 1:

First you have to decide the basic design. You can always do the details at last, like decorating with the leather. If you have chosen your design, you can think about how you can cut the felt. Personally I cut three pieces. One piece to cover the top, one piece for the bottom that also has a tongue to close the sleeve, and at last a strap to secure the tongue. There are other ways to do it, like mounting magnets on the tongue and the top layer or having a manila-envelope like opening. Personally the only reason I didn’t do the envelope opening was the time it will take to open and close is significantly longer than the simple tongue and strap. Furthermore I was lucky to have the charging port accessible while the computer was in the sleeve! But this is a DIY, so you decide the final product. DSC02367

Step 2:

We need to cut the felt, so you need to measure your computer’s dimensions. You will have to cut the felt to the correct size from the beginning, so measure twice, cut once as they say. For my Macbook Pro Retina I gave 15mm (0,6 inches) of extra felt in each side of the computer and at the bottom. Say, I was making a sleeve for the regular MacBook Pro, which is thicker, I would probably do 20-25mm of extra felt. I tried to put a regular MacBook in the sleeve I made and it was like watching a person trying to fit in a pair of pants one size too small.

Step 3:

Align the two main pieces and begin sewing. This is very time consuming, tough for your fingers and most of all the most satisfying thing to do. I walked to and from the stitching to give my fingers a break and I would definitely recommend doing that. Make a knot inside the sleeve if you run out of thread. That way it won’t be visible where you knotted the thread together in the end. Make sure to try to put your computer inside before you finish the sides. This way you can make fine adjustments to get the right fit before sewing the rest.DIY Sleeve

Step 4:

Decorate! This is pure personal opinion and is therefore also optional, but to give the sleeve a little stylish edge you can add the brown leather pieces. I would suggest looking on the internet for inspiration to where to place the pieces.

Step 5:

Enjoy! You just created a really cool sleeve. I’ll promise your colleagues or classmates will ask you about it when they see it. The number one question I got and still get is: “Cool sleeve! Where did you buy that?” DSC02366 Follow

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