Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Comments - Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover

Angel on Nov 29, 2013:

I love and will make this, but I have to tell you that it is NEVER safe to use a magnet near a computer. The velcro or a snap or button would be better. Thanks for theidea!

Claire on Nov 29, 2012:

This is super cute!  What a great way to make use of those random-but-swesome placemats I find from time to time at goodwill.  I love the idea...thanks for sharing!


Tiffany Kidder on Jun 17, 2012:

Thanks so much for sharing this!  What a great idea!  I'm adding this project to my mile long to-do project list :)

hitokirihoshi on Feb 23, 2012:

wow i inspired to follow this one since the laptop cases are usually expensive. then those cheap have minimal designs or design at all. I hope i can also create as beautiful as it is. I'm planning to use my old t-shirts that i can't afford to lose.

thanks for sharing your knowledge.  

ModHomeEcTeacher on Aug 16, 2009:

Sarah-I'll check it out. Thank you for posting both those bags. I'm getting ready to make another one for The Indy Star. I'll send you the link when it's published. I appreciate your hard work. You guys must really work non stop!!

And Calliope on Nov 10, 2008:

This is a great tutorial and such a clever idea for whipping together a laptop case. I've included a link to your project as part the Worker Bee page for our Homemade Christmas Gift Guide. Do let me know if you'd like me to link to an Etsy page. Keep up the good work!

missnancita on Oct 14, 2008:

Thank you sooo much for posting this! Recently, I went laptop case hunting and I was terribly displeased with the lack of selection. I went to about 6 stores and could not find anything that made me happy.


And then I remembered that I had 2 sewing machines sitting in dust at home. Anyways, here I am!


Thanks again!

ModHomeEcTeacher on May 17, 2008:

I know!  I was planning this out and was trying to see if I had enough leather to go all the way around the bottom and then come up around the top.  But, on a little different note-I was cleaning my garage out yesterday and inside of of a trunk I had built to upholster someday, I found a huge stack of quilted saddle pads I had made for a few fancy horse shows about three summers back.  They were a hit with the women and girls.  When I made them, I used alrady quilted cotton for the underside and then added another layer of batting and a jazzy batik or embroidered fabric on top and then quilted them on the machine.  I could cut them to size, figure out a flap and have about twenty laptop covers to sell at a show on June 8th.  Sometimes things work out really well. I'll post a pic. if I have time.

Still not done with the garage.

beccajo on May 16, 2008:

great idea! and the buttons are awesome too! i like that you repurposed an old coat. very smart!

i made myself a laptop bag a while back from vinyl and surplus kid's seatbelts, and unfortunately I didn't integrate the strap very well into the body of the bag, instead of it being contiguous with the bottom, it was sewn on at the top. Think overloaded paper grocery bag. When you pick it up by the handles, the handles rip!

anyway-if you decide to add straps to this, make sure to sew them as part of the section that supports the weight of the bag!

ModHomeEcTeacher on May 16, 2008:

Bruno, I know, of course $$$ man, himself tried to make me figure out how I could sell them.  That was my prototype so I would hope they would go faster next time. I am going to make a couple more.  Doing a small art show on June 8th.  BTW, I found two excellent sewing machines at GW for 19.00 each!

Ruajennie, thanks, there are sooo many possibilities!!!

bruno on May 16, 2008:

Wow, this is aswesome! I think I need to get myself a sewing machine.

Any chance you're selling these?

ruajennie on May 16, 2008:

As usual, great tutorial! It looks much nicer (and more interesting, to boot!) than any of the laptop covers available in stores.

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