How to Make a Laptop Sleeve Padded and Create Your Own Laptop Sleeve
Amongst the benefits of using a laptop sleeve is that your laptop will become more protected. However, the downside of a sleeve is that they often don’t come padded. So, why would you want a padded laptop sleeve? What are the benefits?
The truth is, while the sleeve provides some protection, it doesn’t have enough padding to protect against drops or hits against a hard surface. Hence, adding padding to your laptop sleeve can make the sleeve more durable and resistant to those situations.
How to Make a Laptop Sleeve Padded?
Apparently, the best way to make a laptop sleeve padded is to add more padding to it. To do this, it is recommended that you use either foam or cotton balls and create a new material liner and fill up the space between the exterior fabric and the interior material. This will create extra padding to help prevent your laptop from breaking.
However, if you are not confident about your skills and you fear that you might just destroy your laptop sleeve, you can make your own padded laptop sleeve.
How to Make Padded Laptop Sleeves?
½ yard Material
½ yard Cotton or Linen Fabric
Two Buttons or Zipper
Batting or Wadding
Step 1: Measure
First, set your laptop down onto a flat surface and get your measuring tape. You’re going to want to measure your laptop both vertically and horizontally.
Write those measurements down on a piece of paper and then add one inch to both of the measures. You’re going to need to cut two of these, as one will fit on the back of the laptop and the other on the top to create a slip.
Step 2: Cut
Next, cut four rectangles from your material and two from the batting and wadding. Cut two, three-inch squares from your padding material and then two pieces of two inches by four inches of the material.
After which, cut the three-inch rectangles in half so that you have four triangles in total. You’ll want to use an iron to straighten out your seam and have ¼ of an inch as seam allowance running along the long side of the triangle. Then, cut out two different pieces of fabric of where you took the measurements for your laptop; remember to add one extra inch.
Step 3: Pin and Sew
Pin the bottom corners of the material to your main fabric and stitch the top of it along the edges and then half an inch away from the horizontal and vertical side of the triangle. Then, place the two rectangles onto the other side of the fabric and repeat the process, ensuring to sew along the two sides at the bottom edge. You’ll want to give this side a ¼ inch seam allowance, just in case. Then, turn your fabric inside out.
Once done, place two of the rectangles of your material and trip off ¼ inches off the top of each rectangle. You’ll then want to line them up and then begin to sew along the two sides and bottom edges of the ¼-inch seam allowance. Then, place the pouch you just made inside your fabric punch and fold the seam allowance so that the wadding is touching it. Press and topstitch those two together and be sure to stitch all the way to close the edge.
Step 4: Seal the Seams and Add Buttons or a Zipper
Next, take the two rectangles of material that you cut out and stitch the ¼-inch seam allowance on all sides. Mark where you’re going to put the button hold and make sure that you know where the button is going to reach.
Instead of using buttons, an alternative is sewing a zipper onto one of the shorter sides of the laptop sleeve. This will ensure that your laptop will not fall out or the button won’t break open.
Using a zipper is better than buttons or ribbons, as it assures that your laptop will stay in place. However, you will need to use a sewing machine to attach the zipper onto the sleeve.
Step 5: Final Touches
Take the two rectangles of material and then line the straps up with the back of the laptop sleeve you've created. There should at least be three inches from each side and at least one inch on the top of the laptop sleeve. Pin them into place and then finish it off by sewing them onto the sleeve.
Place your laptop into the sleeve, and then you can pull the straps over the sleeve and sew the buttons into place. After this, you’re done!
As you can see, the process of how to make a laptop sleeve padded is quite easy and fast if you have the right skills. Similarly, it will take a bit of practice when it comes to creating your own padded laptop sleeve. Nonetheless, it’s worth it once you’ve created one that has enough padding to protect your laptop from being damaged.
What’s great about making your own sleeve is that you can customize it any way you want—personalize the fabric, use vibrant colors, and fun patterns. Hence, we recommend it over adding padding to your current laptop sleeve.