If you can sew a straight stitch, there are many different things you can make, even if you haven’t had a lot of experience. One such thing is a laptop tote. A simple carrying bag to hold your computer takes only a few minutes to make but will serve you well for years.
The fabric you choose for the laptop tote is important. Thick fabrics, like denim, canvas, fake fur or corduroy work great. Thin material is not ideal for carrying a heavy computer. Stretchy fabrics are simply not useable for this project.
Make things easy on yourself when you create the pattern for the laptop tote. Rather than measure this, draw it there, measure that, draw it on the fabric, too, just lay your laptop directly on the material. The fabric should be folded in half first and the right sides of the cloth should be facing each other.
With the fold facing you, place your computer on top of the material, about an inch or two away from the fold. Cut the fabric up the right side, across the top, then back down the left side, to the fold. As you cut, stay an inch away from the laptop on the sides, but three inches away across the top.
Remove the laptop and fold the top two edges over so you can hem them. Hem one edge by folding it over an inch or two and sewing across. Do the same to the opposite side. Now sew down the two sides of the tote to complete it.
Make handles from the same fabric or a different material. Cut a long strip of the material, fold it in half, then sew around three sides. Turn the strap right side-out and sew it shut. Make two of these handles for the laptop tote. You can create handles for the tote much more quickly by simply cutting two pieces of thick canvas.
Position a handle on each side, sewing the ends to the upper area of the bag, and leaving a large space between the two ends. Do this to both sides. Attach a piece of Velcro to each side of the tote, at the top, in the center of the inside area. Don’t use adhesive Velcro; it won’t hold up. Sew the Velcro on by machine or hand. Use a Velcro square or dot or sew a piece that goes all the way across.
A laptop tote can cost a good amount of money, but when you make it yourself, it costs only a few bucks. It’s such an easy project, too! Even if you’re no expert at sewing you’ll find it a breeze to create just the perfect laptop bag for you!