This post first appeared on the Riley Blake Fabrics Blog, I’m posting it here in case you missed it! Today I’m going to share with you how to make this Laptop Sleeve Clutch! It’s padded to make it extra sturdy and simple to sew, you can whip one up in an hour or so!
I used Vintage Verona Cottons for my project, but you can use any fabric you like. This pattern would also work great for laptop case for a guy, just switch out the fabrics. The measurements are made to fit a 15” Mac Book Pro, you can adjust as you like to fit other size laptops.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
1 yard of fabric for sleeve outside -
1 yard of fabric for sleeve lining - Riley Blake Vintage Verona Floral Navy
1 yard of 1/4” wide foam - Foam Backed Automotive Headliner Beige
1 package of double fold bias tape - Double Fold Bias Tape Extra Wide 1/2” x 3 Yards Navy
Thread to match
Walking foot for sewing machine
Recommended: Binding Clips -
2 pieces 16” x 12” from outside sleeve fabric
1 piece outside fabric from flap pattern piece (you can download the pattern piece here)
2 pieces 16” x 12” from lining sleeve fabric
1 piece lining from flap pattern piece
On one of the 16”x12” outside AND lining pieces, cut a gentle curve along one of the 16” sides. These pieces will become the front pocket.
Sew flap to the 16” x 12” NON CUT lining piece, right sides together. Press seams open. Repeat for outside fabric pieces.
Open up this piece and cut out a piece of foam the same size as the the entire sewn piece.
Cut a piece of foam the same size as the 16” x 12” fabric that has the curve cut out (the pocket pieces).
Make a “sandwich” with the foam in the middle and the WRONG sides of the curved 16” x 12” case outside and lining pieces facing the foam. We’ll now call this the front pocket piece. The right sides of the fabric will be facing out. Use binding clips to hold the fabric in place. Make sure all layers are lined up and smooth.
Cut a piece of double fold bias tape slightly longer than the curve you cut in the 16” x 12” piece.
Open up the double fold bias tape and with right side of the bias tape facing the right side of the pocket “sandwich”, pin the bias tape to the fabric with raw edges even.
Using a walking foot on your sewing machine, stitch the bias tape to the pocket, close to the first fold in the bias tape (white thread used to show contrast for photos, but use thread that matches your bias tape).
Refold the bias tape and stitch it down.
Make another “sandwich” with the sewn flap pieces and large cut piece of foam. Right sides facing OUT. Secure with binding clips.
Double check that your pocket piece fits PERFECTLY on top of the sewn flap piece foam sandwich. If it’s not lined up, or if one piece is larger than another, trim them all to the same size.
Round the bottom corners of the pocket and sleeve pieces. You don’t want any 90 degree angles on the sleeve.
Using a walking foot, stitch pocket to sleeve using a 1/4” seam.
Apply bias tape to the entire perimeter of the sleeve using the same method you used when sewing the bias to the pocket piece. You’ll need to match up the ends of the bias (do this the same way you would match binding strips on a quilt).
Sew a large snap to the front of the sleeve and the wrong side of the flap, being careful not to stitch through all the layers of fabric.
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