Tux Laptop Sleeve
The only defect of my new Vostro 1320 is that it did not come with a sleeve as the Eee PC does. Since I would like to protect the laptop from scratched and dust, a sleeve is absolutely required. So, from my perspective, the only solution to this problem was to do one myself.
I had an old blazer from my girlfriend’s father that was too oddly shaped to fit anybody I know, but I liked the fabric and I thought that it could become a very nice laptop sleeve. The only problem about that idea is that I do not know how to sew. Of course, not knowing how to do something, has never stopped me before and is not likely to stop me any time soon.
- Old blazer
- Fabric Marker (not required but rather cool)
Making this was surprisingly simple since I expected great difficulties coming from the sewing part. I decided to go with a design as simple as possible and to minimize the number of stitches, this resulted in making something extraordinary similar to a simple cousin.
I simply cut a rectangle big enough so that, when folded in half, it could contain my laptop from the blazer and then stitched the bottom and the side of the resulting pouch. Then, I added a zipper to the top. I used zigzag stitches all the time and, of course, I sewed the sleeve from the inside.
Also, I chose a section of the blazed which had an internal and external pocked so I could use them to carry some extra stuff. Furthermore, I kept the (synthetic?) silk interior lining that looks better than the bare exterior wool.
Finally, I wanted to ad some decorations to the pouch so I decided to use my brother’s fabric markers (he is using for making pretty cool disguises) to ad the word “Linux” to one side of the sleeve. Then I asked him (since he is much more talented than me at drawing (and since I am very lazy) to draw Tux on the back. To achieve that he used a stencil made from the image below that I got from the internet.
I think the final result is pretty cool and very useful. The pockets are great, I can put all of the things that I usually need to carry with my laptop (e.g. mouse, headphones, USB keys) without any troubles. The only thing missing is perhaps a handle that I may add in the future.