Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

I have always wanted to learn how to sew or at least learn to make my own stuff. As you know, the accessories for Apple products are generally EXPENSIVE. A simple laptop sleeve costs about RM100, so I decided to make my own.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

I bought these fabrics at Nagoya and I’m never going back there. Why? The Chinese guy there are so stingy. I wanted canvas material, but the cloth was a bit dirty. Generally, textile stores will give you an additional 1/2 meter to compensate for the dirty part. This guy told me to go home and wash it. Fuck you man. So we walked away.

Anyway, I got the tiny polka dotted and some rough cotton. My advise, buy non-slippery fabric because you wouldn’t want to let your laptop slips off your hand.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

1. Cutting the fabric. I prefer mine snugged so it’s a hard to slip off the sleeve. I left at least an inch for every side so it’ll be easier for beginners like me to sew. (That’s my wife’s hand btw)

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

2. Sew a “U” shape for both fabric, except one, sew double “L” shape leaving holes at the bottom, so you can flip it once you’re done.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

3. Cut the edges so that it’ll form a sharp corner.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

4. Flip “U” shape so that the right side faces each other.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

5. Slip the flipped one into the other.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

6. Sew the end together. Make sure you don’t overlap, otherwise you’ll have to do all over again. I assure you that can be frustrating.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

7. Remember the hole of the “L” shape? Carefully pull the inside fabric out.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

8. The last part, sew the holes using the ladder stitch. (Such manly arm! Hahhaa)

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

9. Flip the inside out to make sure the reversible sleeve works.

Tutorial: How To Make a Reversible Laptop Sleeve

Now it fits well into my bag along with my other red stuff. The possibility of getting a scratch from keys is reduced. Job well done.

The story begins last night, I got home at 12 am and told my sleepy wife, “I want to learn to sew a laptop sleeve”. She helped me through the process and showed me how to operate a sewing machine. The rest was history. I made one complete sleeve in one hour. Not bad for a noob eh?

If you feel cheated by Apple or any other laptop accessories, share this post, we all might benefit from a thing or two 😉

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