After much debate I recently purchased a Macbook Pro and not an iPad. For my last laptop, I had a case made out of orange/yellow velour by C. It was wonderful, but unfortunately a totally different shape than my current Macbook Pro. So while I was at the fabric store searching for felt to repair the light seals on my Yashica TLR, I picked up some very thick yellow felt. I’d never seen felt like this before, it seemed just perfect for laptop sleeve as it had a bit of padding to it. I grabbed some velcro and some thick yellow thread while I was there as well.
Once home I measured out my dimensions and used a rotary cutter and a self healing mat to make the cuts. I decided to you a carpentry square as it was the right length, however it was hard to keep it from slipping on the felt. If you’ve never used a rotary cutter before, let me tell you, this is a great invention. So much easier than cutting straight lines with a pair of scissors.
I decided to make the case open on the end instead of on the side like most laptop cases. I figured this way it would be easier to plug it in for charging without taking it out of the case. All the seams were sewn by hand and then a couple of pieces of velcro were used to keep it shut.
Overall I’m quite happy with this project. The only issue is that the velcro sticks to the felt if you aren’t careful. Besides that, I highly recommend the felt, I may use it to make a camera case or two for some of my thrift store cameras…