DIY Laptop Sleeve Clutch

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DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern


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.

Here's what you'll need to make it:

1 yard of fabric for sleeve outside

1 yard of fabric for sleeve lining

1 yard of 1/4'' wide foam

Large Snap

1 package of double fold bias tape

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.

DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern  

Assembly: 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.

DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern  

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.

DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern     DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern  

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).


DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern  

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.

DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern

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.



DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern

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).

 DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern  

DIY Laptop Clutch Sewing Pattern


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. You're done!

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  1. Thanks for a great tutorial. I am "snow bound" today and this looks like a good project
    by Cathy
    January 22nd, 2014 at 6:38 a.m.
  2. Great tutorial. Thank you. I followed the link for the flap template but am not finding it. Could this be checked please? Thank you.
    by VickiT
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:47 a.m.
  3. Such a Cute project and the fabric is LOVELY!!! Pinning :) xoxo
    by Angelina-JoJo and Eloise
    January 23rd, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.
  4. This is adorable. I'm going to make one for my tiny MacBook Air. How much bigger would you cut the fabric around the dimensions of the laptop?
    by Anna
    January 25th, 2014 at 1:08 a.m.
  5. Just got a new Laptop & I've been looking for a tutorial to make a cover for it, & this one is perfit! Thank you for posting it!
    by Tambra Vandal
    January 26th, 2014 at 4:38 a.m.
  6. This is such adorable project. Love it!
    by HemaMalini
    January 28th, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
  7. Love this article
    by Andrew Johnson
    May 16th, 2014 at 4:36 a.m.

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