Easy Custom Laptop Case Using Fleece and Canvas

MAY 17, 2016 updated Jun 3, 2021

Updated February 25, 2021
Eco Canvas was retired on February 25, 2021 but you can recreate this project with Spoonflower’s Recycled Canvas. Learn more about Recyceld Canvas, a woven canvas featuring REPREVE® recycled polyester suitable for seasonal outdoor use.

Are you excited about Spoonflower’s recent addition of Fleece, but not sure what to make? Fleece is remarkably easy to work with, prints vivid color and high detail, and doesn’t fray! Spoonflower’s Senior Graphic Designer, Robin, is here to show us how to make a custom zippered laptop case using a combination of Fleece and Eco Canvas.

Quad copter laptop case

Quad copter laptop case with Fleece lining


A few weeks ago I was looking for ideas on what to make for my boyfriend, John, for our anniversary. Fleece had just been released and I wanted to try working with it. I thought it would make a really nice lining for a laptop case, along with Eco Canvas as the exterior because it is so sturdy. John loves flying his quadcopter (hobby drone) that he built himself. He also loves tinkering with and soldering the electrical components (especially after he crashes). I designed a custom print of hobby drones using his favorite colors, blue and green. If you like my print, you can find it here! When I found “Short Circuit (Green)” by Robyriker I knew it would be a perfect print for the lining, as the “guts” of the quadcopter print.

MATERIALS:

Laptop case materials

  • 1 yard Spoonflower Eco Canvas
  • 1 yard Spoonflower Fleece
  • One-sided ultra firm fusible interfacing (I used Pellon 71F)
  • Zipper at least 6in longer than the widest side of your laptop (I used a 26in zipper, which was more than enough)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Zipper foot
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Sewing ruler
  • Iron
  • Pins or clips

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Laptop case cut Fleece and Eco Canvas

Pieces cut out

Measure your laptop’s width and length. Add 2 inches to each measurement to account for the depth of your laptop plus seam allowance. My laptop measures 10” x 14.5”, so after I add 2” I get: 12” x 16.5”. Add 3 or 4 inches if your laptop is thick, or if you would like extra space around the laptop.

Using your measurements, cut two pieces from the Eco Canvas (exterior) and two pieces from the Fleece (interior).

The interface is super thick and cannot be sewn through, so we have to subtract seam allowance (1 inch) from our measurement. I cut two 11” x 15.5” pieces of the interfacing. 

Eco Canvas and interfacing

Interfacing ironed to the back of the Eco Canvas

Iron the interfacing to the Eco Canvas following package instructions. Be sure to leave an even 1/2 inch of Eco Canvas around the interfacing for seam allowance. 

Fleece lining with zipper

Fleece lining and zipper face up

Lay your fleece lining face up. Place the zipper face up along the top edge and centered along the width.

Laptop case pieces pinned together

Eco face down and pinned along zipper

Line up your Eco Canvas exterior face down so that you have a sandwich of Fleece, zipper, Eco Canvas. Pin in place. 

First side of laptop case sewn

Zipper stitched in place

 Using a zipper foot, sew ¼ inch from the edge.

Zipper ironed right-side-out

Zipper ironed right-side-out

 Flip the panels right-side-out and iron seam flat.

Repeat zipper sandwich

Repeat zipper sandwich

Now, repeat the zipper sandwich for the other side: Fleece face up, zipper on top edge, Eco Canvas facing down. Pin and sew.

Zipper sewn on both sides

Zipper sewn on both sides

Flip the panels right-sides-out and iron flat. You can also cut off the extra zipper ends at this point. 

Laptop case panels open

Open up the panels

Separate the exterior and lining panels so the exterior pieces are on one side and the lining is on the other, right sides together. IMPORTANT: unzip the zipper almost all the way so you can turn everything out later!

Pin the sides together

Pin the sides together

Pin your exterior Eco Canvas right sides together, and the Fleece liner right sides together. Be sure to leave a 5” gap in the Fleece to turn everything around. I ran out of clips so I used pins for the rest! I find it helpful to pin the loose ends of the zipper so they stay aligned. 

Sew laptop case

Sew 1/4in from the edge

Sew ¼” all the way around your laptop case, leaving a gap in the Fleece. Be careful when sewing over the zipper ends.

Trim corners of laptop case

Trim corners

Trim the corners to be round so it’s easier to turn right-side-out next.

Turn the case right-side-out

Turn the case right-side-out
Case right-side-out

Case right-side-out

Turn your case right-side-out. The interfacing may be difficult to bend, but keep working it out. You can alway iron the case flat when you are done. Using a chopstick, poke the corners until they come to a point.

Pin opening in Fleece

Pin opening in Fleece
Sew Fleece closed

Sew Fleece closed

Either machine or hand sew the hole closed in the Fleece lining.

Put the fleece lining inside the case and then you’re done! 

Finished quad copter laptop case

Finished quad copter laptop case

Quad copter laptop case with Fleece lining

Finished quad copter laptop case

Find more clever ways to use Fleece on Pinterest, and don’t forget to share your makes with us by tagging #Spoonflowered! 

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