If you’ve recently bit the bullet and bought yourself a nice, sleek laptop – then we want to congratulate you for this could be one of the best decisions you have ever made.
With big and bulky desktop computers going out of style and laptops becoming more compact and powerful as we speak, there’s little reason not to carry a small and stylish mini-computer with you. And while you’re it, why not protect it with a homemade leather laptop sleeve?
If you have a fair amount of faux leather lying around, then perhaps you might put it to good use? Even if you’re not much of a sewer or don’t have a spare piece of leather lying around, this simple and easy-to-follow guide explains how you can craft a beautiful leather case for laptop.
The Materials You’ll Need
- Faux leather (pick a colour you like)
- You can go with real leather although it’s hard to sew
- Nylon thread plus needle
- Button stud screwback
- Rotary cutter
- Xacto knife
- Awl (only if you’re opting for real leather)
Time to cut our the leather and the best place to start is by using your laptop as a measurement guide. Just make sure it covers the back and front of your laptop with just enough extra length to be used as a flap.
You also need to leave sufficient space on each side of your laptop to provide for a little wiggle room. That’s quite important for safety reasons.
While you sew, you can use tape or binder clips to keep everything in place as you sew. Start by sewing one side with the nylon thread, using an overcast stitch – one of many types of sewing stitches used to enclose an unfinished edge or seam. If you’re interested in learning more about it, a quick Google search is all you need.
Nylon thread is generally very forgiving due to it being clear which is why we recommend it. Sew the other side, and if you happen to be using real leather, poke stitch holes along both sides before you sew.
Good job! You’ve now sewn up each side, so go ahead and test drive the cover to make sure that your laptop easily fits inside.
Now you need to cut a small slit on the underside using the xacto blade, right where the bottom of your laptop will go. Insert the screw in the back and then screw on your button. Cut another slit where the button will go through on the front flap.
And, we are done! Time to celebrate a little with your super-hip laptop leather case. Take it to work, show it off a little or just carry your laptop with you while it sits snugly in a beautiful handmade leather bag.
If you prefer not to DIY a leather laptop bag then check out our most exquisite collection of leather laptop bags made by the finest Spanish craftsmen using 100% Full Grain vegetable tanned leather.