Pillowcases are cases, so technically you could just drop your laptop in one of them and be done with it, but here’s a way you can actually make a laptop sleeve you’d actually use with just 10-20 minutes of additional work.So what do you need?
- A pillowcase
- A laptop (for measurement)
- A small piece of velcro, or a button if you prefer
- A needle and thread or a sewing machine for some very simple and light sewing
Check out the video above for a visual walkthrough of the process (which is much easier to understand than text), but here are the basic steps for reference:
- Get a pillowcase you don’t plan to use on a pillow anymore. Optionally stuff it lightly with stuffing or a sheet of memory foam, but this is just if you want added protection. Either way, lay out the pillowcase vertically and put your laptop at the bottom, positioned horizontally. This should leave plenty of pillowcase that isn’t covering the laptop.
- Pick up the corners at the bottom of the pillowcase and fold it (with the laptop) upwards towards the top of the pillowcase. This should cover the entire laptop but leave a little extra flap of the pillowcase above it. This is going to be the flap that seals it in.
- Unless your have a really wide laptop, you probably have some excess fabric on the side. You’ll want to pin these areas or mark them in some way so you know where they are, but leave about a half inch more than you need. Then remove the laptop and cut off the excess parts of the pillowcase.
- Sew up the edges and the top either by hand or with a sewing machine. You don’t need to know how to sew to do this — you’re just going in a straight line. It’s very easy, and you can pick up a sewing kit at any supermarket or discount store.
- Once you’re done sewing, trim any excess fabric on the sides and turn the pillowcase inside out. At this point you should have a pretty good idea of what the sleeve is going to look like. You can even put your laptop in to test it out.
- Attach a small square of velcro to the top of sleeve, near the opening, and the other half of that velcro to the underside of the flap. You can sew it on or you can purchase velcro that can be adhered with adhesive or other means. Once you’re done you can now velcro your sleeve shut to help keep your laptop inside.
That’s all there is to it. It shouldn’t take too long and you’ll have a nice new laptop sleeve when you’re done.