It’s the first day of the new year and I’ve already run into something I need: a laptop sleeve.

It’s not clothing for myself, but it is like a coat for my laptop.  I just got a chromebook and ordered a sleeve on Amazon, one that was supposed to fit, but it’s too big.  The spirit of my new year’s resolution is getting to me, so instead of ordering another I figure I should get creative.

I looked up how to make one.  It can be pretty simple.  I decided to give it a try.

My dad had some extra vinyl fabric lying around.  It’s waterproof, thin, and looks like fake leather.  It’ll work.

I used an old sheet to practice.  I took some measurements, turned on the sewing machine (something I hadn’t done since middle school sewing class), and got to work.  Within 10 minutes my prototype was done.

I then cut the vinyl and sewed it.  Easy.

So instead of buying another sleeve, I have a custom made one.  It took about 90 minutes from concept to completion, and I used stuff I already had in the house.  Plus I had the fun of a creative project 🙂

Here are some more pictures of my stuff:

Sewing tools.

Sewing tools.

Sewing machine.

Sewing machine.

Vinyl fabric and prototype.

Vinyl fabric and prototype.

Finished product.

Finished product.

Finished product.

Finished product.