I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, but my fear of not working with a pattern prevented me from doing so. I’ve had my little Lenovo laptop for about a year now, and while I do travel with it, it’s usually stuffed in my knitting bag or my purse, all while hoping that it won’t get scratched up. Well, now my worries are over!
I used this tutorial available from The Mother Huddle, with some modifications, and I used some left over fat quarters I got in a pack when I made the Star Wars baby quilt from Camelot Cottons. The bottom panel reads right-side up on both sides of the bag, and since it’s a little larger, the schematic drawings panels are a little smaller than the tutorial suggests (which is too bad, because that fabric is pretty cool, so I had to pick and choose which schematics I wanted to show).
The other alterations that I made were putting side pockets on the inside in order to hold the power pack for the laptop and added velcro to keep the pockets closed (so I don’t try to accidentally slide the laptop into a pocket instead of the main part of the bag); and I also added a zipper to the top of the bag. That was a bit tricky, and my top-stitching around the bag is pretty horrid in parts because of the zipper stops, but I can live with it. Thankfully, my top-stitch thread is black, and the majority of the bag is black, so unless you’re looking closely, it’s not noticeable.
It’s not a super snug fit (I used her measurements for the MacBook since my Lenovo and the MacBook have similar measurements), but it’s not sliding around inside the bag. Plus, I needed to make sure there was enough room for the power pack and maybe other random stuff I stuff in the pockets.
So if you’re looking for a handy sleeve/bag for your laptop, this is a pretty solid tutorial and I finally got over my fear of sewing together rectangles without a pattern.Share on Facebook