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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Manly Laptop Sleeve Man-gift of Man-dom.

We love to give handmade gifts, right? But they are not always appreciated by the men folk. Here is a super-easy project that even the most manly-man would dig. If it is filled with a brand new Macbook Air, it might get you an extra smooch under the mistletoe but it's also nice for an existing laptop, a ipad, a kindle or any bit of technology needing extra cushion and jelly-finger protection.

Get the Laptop Sleeve Tutorial after the jump.

1. Measure your computer (or look up the specs online.) My computer measured 9" x 13" x 1/2".

Your inside fabric panel will be: height + depth + 1" (9" + 1/2" + 1") by width + depth + 1/2" (13" + 1/2" + 1/2") for a total of 10.5" x 14".

For the outside panel (which includes the flap) it's the same width (10.5") by 18" (this left an approx 4" flap)

Cut a sandwich of your outer fabric, batting and lining fabric for each of the two panels. The entire Spring 2010 Echino line is uniquely masculine. My lining fabric is from my stash. You could also add a layer of vinyl for water-resistance or just go with oilcloth for the exterior. This would be pretty awesome.

2. Baste stitch all the way around the outside of both 3 layer panels. I used my walking foot for this project and it was a dream but a regular foot would work fine.

3. Add any desired quilting through all layers. I machine-stitched along the existing lines of the fabric using my new metallic silver thread from the fine folks at Kreinik. This stuff is lovely! And it gave me an excuse to try out my new Deluxe SideWinder from Simplicity. I just filled two bobbins with this gorgeous shiny stuff and sewed with one bobbin as my needle thread and one as my bobbin thread. Easy-Easy.

Can we just stare at all this machine-friendly metallic thread for a sec? Ahhh gorgeous.

But back to the manly laptop case.

4. Along one short side of your inside panel, single-step stitch bias tape to edge.

Note: If you would like to add a small pocket for business cards, etc. do it now before you sew the two panels together.

5. Line up your two panels so the sides and bottom of your envelope line up and pin together.

Note: I used my back panel upside-down so that the flap and inside panel faced the same direction when closed.

6. This is a good time to trim up unruly threads and uneven edges. Round the edges of your flap if you like, I was happy keeping mine square. You can also baste the panels together very close to the edge but it didn't seem necessary in this case.

7. Use our Bias Tape tutorial to apply 1/2" double-fold bias tape all the way around the outside of the open envelope.

8. The basic envelope is finished. All you need is a closure.

9. You could add a button but I stuck with Velcro strips, which I aligned along the flap and flipped into the corresponding spot on the inside panel.

9. Pin and sew Velcro into place. I machine stitched for speed and durability but it was a bit awkward.

10. And that's it! One gift down. Wasn't that fast

A mini version of the Toiletry Bag would make a nice side gift to hold power cords and such.

What do you think? Would your man like this? Mine just came over and gave it the thumbs up. Too bad this one is for me! Leave a comment and you could win a sweet key fob kit.

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Blogger my mind's eye said...

Christmas present! This will be under our tree without a doubt! My husband will be so excited... or at least I will be!

November 30, 2010 at 3:04 AM  
Blogger Ooty said...

great great one! Thanks as always for your lovely projects sharing =)

November 30, 2010 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger Karin van D. said...

Great idea. And I think my love would really like it too!

November 30, 2010 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

This is awesome. Love the fabric!

November 30, 2010 at 4:52 AM  
OpenID said...

I love it! Hubby doesn't have a lap top though. . .any other great man gifts?

November 30, 2010 at 5:22 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I love it! Men are so hard to make things for. I told my husband I was going to make him a dress shirt that actually fits (he has freakishly long arms) and he looked terrified. This would probably be a better choice. :)

November 30, 2010 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Marisa said...

While *I* love it, my Hubs (and most other men I know) would not. For me, it's safe to say that anything that includes pieced fabric and bias tape is not manly. Definitely depends on the perspective of the recipient. :)

November 30, 2010 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger MoveYourAsana said...

love it! I will be whipping them up for me an my hubby! maybe my inlaws too. i think they made the nice list this year.

November 30, 2010 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Lil' Bit and Nan said...

What's funny is that just started one on my own, and then saw this post. Your's is so much better!

- Bethany

November 30, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger charity said...

My husband would love this. If only I could fill it with a MacBook Air :)

November 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
OpenID crazymegtay said...

My fiance thinks anything I sew is girly. I think I'd have to make this out of leather for him to use it!

November 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Ghislaine said...

This reminds me that my husband asked for one of these for his new netbook a while back. Perfect timing! He's so hard to figure out gifts for. Making this just might complete my Christmas shopping for him!

November 30, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

already picking out fabrics for this - love it! marisa - picture it in army green with black bias tape a horn-shaped faux-bone button.

November 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
OpenID vanessa said...

i know someone who would like one of these for his wacom. thanks for the tutorial.

November 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Poists said...

I will be making one of these for myself! This is fantastic and I saw something similar from Vera Bradley and wanted to figure out how to do one myself.
Thank you for saving me the time!

November 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger mommypants13 said...

This is perfect for my college hipster brother! My original idea was an ironic t-shirt but he'll use this all the time! Thank you so much for the ideas!

November 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger aja reeser said...

i know this is a manly gift post but none of the men in my life need one of these. :( i'll just have to whip a few pretty ones for my daughter and my mom!

November 30, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

he would love it, especially if I stuck an actual lap top in it too. tee hee. oh well. :)

November 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
OpenID bononers said...

oh perfect! i've been trying to think of an easy way to make a PSP case for my nephew! thanks for the adaptable tutorial!

November 30, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I want to make one of these for myself! I like that it isn't bulky and I can slip it into a tote. Thanks for the tutorial!

November 30, 2010 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

yay for the tutorial! i wanted to make one for my hubby but couldn't find a good tutorial until i saw this one. thanks!

December 1, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger rosemaryschild said...

Very nice! LUV the use of metallic thread-it really is lovely!

December 2, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Mrs Chronic-Shock said...

Just finished my husband's (and posted in the Flickr pool) and next up I'll be making one for my Wacom tablet. Thanks for the tute!

December 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

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