Laptop Cozy Tutorial

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MATERIALS:

  • Enough fabric to wrap up your laptop (as if it were a gift) twice
  • Enough quilt batting to wrap up your laptop once
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

STEPS:

1) Cut out two strips of fabric large enough to cover your laptop with extra for your seam allowance and extra at the top (to create a fold). Here is my fabric, with the laptop inside.

measuring fabric

2) repeat with a single layer of quilt batting. Here is what your three pieces should look like:

project fabric

3) Stitch the quilt batting to the wrong side of one of your sheets of fabric. Here’s what mine looked like:

machine quilting

4) Here is what your two pieces of fabric should look like now:

quilted cozy fabric

5) Stitch the sides of both pieces of fabric shut, right sides together, to form an envelope – with the same amount of extra fabric left over on the top of each envelope. Here is what mine looked like:

assembling the laptop cozy

6) Turn one envelope right side out. I chose to turn the envelope with the batting attached right side out.

7) Place the envelope you turned right side out inside of the other one, so that the right sides of the two envelopes are facing each other, like this:

assembling the laptop cozy

8) Stitch the raw edges together, leaving an opening along the top of the envelope flap for turning right side out.

9) Turn right side out and hand-stitch the envelope flap shut the rest of the way. Or, skip this step by top-stitching the edge of the envelope using your sewing machine. I sewed mine shut by hand:

laptop cozy

Insert your laptop, and fold the flap into the opposite edge to create a neat little package:laptop cozy

Ta-da! A gift that works for guys as well as girls (although I doubt many guys would appreciate this particular fabric). You can turn it so the “quilted” side is facing in; I couldn’t make up my mind which way looked better. You can also make the quilting look much nicer. This was my first attempt at machine quilting anything, so I just stuck with random straight lines, which I’m not actually sure that proper quilters would even define as quilting, but I didn’t know what else to call it…

Questions? Let me know in the comments. Don’t be intimidated by all the steps; I made this this morning in well under an hour, with three “helpers” and in spite of stitching it together the wrong way the first time. If you don’t have a laptop, my children think this makes an excellent dress-up hat.

Comments

  1. says

    Great idea! I should make one. God knows I have enough fabric, and I’m always carting my laptop around the house. Your post gave me another idea too. I’m going to make iphone sleeves! A few for my own, in different patterns, and for friends. Perfect toddler-on-my-knee craft. (PS Yes, you have my official “quilter’s opinion” – straight lines qualify as quilting). :)

  2. says

    My laptop ends up just sitting on the kitchen table half the day… would be nice to have someplace better to keep it! Thanks for the idea.

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    Oooo… I think I’ll make a macho manly-man version for Mark. Thanks so much for the tutorial! He could really use something like this!

  4. Joyce says

    The laptop cover is very cute and I would call it quilted too since quilting is sewing layers together to hold them together and usually create some type of pattern.

  5. Jill Potter says

    I’m wanting to make the camera case version of this. I left a comment “over there” about fabric. Now, I’m wondering if I should attempt this with my precious turtle fabric. lol
    When you say wrap it like a present two times….you mean completely wrap it up or just enough to fold over it and then some extra?
    Thanks for the idea and any advice!
    Jill

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