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This tutorial is going to be posted in THREE (3) parts. The first part (this one) is going to walk you through how to prepare all of your quilted pieces. The second part (HERE) will show you how to construct the case. The third (and completely optional part) is posted HERE and shows you how to make the handles.
WHAT YOU NEED:
> *Approximately 3/4 yard exterior fabric
> *Approximately 3/4 yard interior fabric
> *Approximately 3/4 yard fusible fleece
> A 22 – 24″ zipper (22 works well for smaller laptops, 24″ for larger)
NOTE: The zipper will be used in PART 2 of this tutorial.
> A 2″ piece of Velcro (male and female) for the pocket.
STEP 1: Measure Your Laptop
DIVIDE each measurement in half (this gave me 13″ x 9.25″)
ADD 1.5″ to both measurements to account for seam allowance and the zipper. (This changed my measurements to 14.5 x 10.75)
NOTE: This will be a snug fit, if you want a bit more room, you can increase this to 2″ or 2.5″, but I wouldn’t go much more than that…you don’t want your laptop sliding around too much.
- Fusible Fleece
You will also need one piece of exterior, lining and fusible fleece cut 3″ less width-wise than your main pieces for the pocket (mine was 14.5 x 7.75)
You now have three pieces of fabric/fleece sandwiches. Two main pieces and the pocket piece.
STEP 4: Quilt
STEP 5: Bind the Pocket
Fold the bias tape up and over the raw edge and pin in place making sure the back of the bias tape is covering the seam line you just made (the one that attaches the bias tape to the pocket). To hold the bias tape in place, sew “in the ditch” of the front seam line. NOTE: The pocket’s exterior fabric will be facing up while sewing. Continually check to make sure you are catching the bias tape on the back side.
Pull back the edge of the pocket and place the Velcro exactly where it needs to go on the main fabric piece. (Since all of you are making different size laptops, this is the best way for me to describe how to get this placed correctly.)
STEP 7: Finish
Finally, place the pocket back on the front main piece and baste along the sides and edges (1/4″) to hold in place.