How to Make Book Style Laptop Case

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I've finished one book case and am halfway through the second so this guide shows pictures of both, as I didn't document the start of the finished one very well. sorry! I'm sure you'll catch on though

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This project can be started a few ways: 1. Using a reclaimed book cover and 'refacing' it (which is how i started on the green/blue fabric case)

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2. Leave the cover as it is and just attach the protective case to the inside of the book. This is the best camouflage in my opinion, but hard to find a good look at the right price at the right size

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3. Use hard cardstock or cut a sheet of thin board and create a completely custom size (this is what I did for my second neutral fabric case, which you can see in the first couple of photos)

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Let's Begin! Measure the length, width, and height of your laptop. I made mine to the specs of a 15" Powerbook which is 1.1x13.7x9.5 Add appx .5" to account for the padding/inner lining

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Cut your cardboard to size, and lay it out on your fabric, pattern down.

Cut your cardboard to size, and lay it out on your fabric, pattern down.

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Lay out your boards with at least .75" extra around the edges to fold over and trim off excess fabric

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To make it easy to apply glue to my cover fabric, and so less would ooze through I added a bit of water to it to thin it out.

To make it easy to apply glue to my cover fabric, and so less would ooze through I added a bit of water to it to thin it out.

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paint the boards with glue and smooth the fabric over them, leaving space between the spine and covers for a hinge. I glued it fabric side down then flipped the whole thing to smooth wrinkles out.

paint the boards with glue and smooth the fabric over them, leaving space between the spine and covers for a hinge. I glued it fabric side down then flipped the whole thing to smooth wrinkles out.

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Trim corner fabric at a 90degree angle, leaving a bit more space than the board thickness at the edge. Fold and glue top and bottom and sides. See the last page for some great resources about this.

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A piece of leather cut from an UGLY old jacket. Sewed with heavy linen thread (won't degrade in leather) This is a much more attractive use for it! (and yes, my stitching is a bit uneven)

A piece of leather cut from an UGLY old jacket. Sewed with heavy linen thread (won't degrade in leather) This is a much more attractive use for it! (and yes, my stitching is a bit uneven)

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corner glued to case. I used binder clips around the edges to hold it down as it dried.

corner glued to case. I used binder clips around the edges to hold it down as it dried.

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To get those cool bumps on the spine, cut thin strips of cardstock and glue to spine before attaching leather. Here you can see string I tied around each bump edge while the glue dried to define it.

To get those cool bumps on the spine, cut thin strips of cardstock and glue to spine before attaching leather. Here you can see string I tied around each bump edge while the glue dried to define it.

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Example of strips on book spine since I failed to document it (and so many other steps! Sorry, hopefully you can fill in the blanks) You can do this on top of the fabric, a separate piece isnt needed

Example of strips on book spine since I failed to document it (and so many other steps! Sorry, hopefully you can fill in the blanks) You can do this on top of the fabric, a separate piece isnt needed

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Sorry, apparently between the last step and the next magic happened, because *poof* I had sewn a case. I'll document the next one in more detail and add it in here!

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I used a plush fleece and made a double thick case, first sewing the zipper to the corduroy, then unzipped the whole length and sewed the corduroy between the inner and outer fleece layers.

I used a plush fleece and made a double thick case, first sewing the zipper to the corduroy, then unzipped the whole length and sewed the corduroy between the inner and outer fleece layers.

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I attached two zipper pulls so If I wanted to charge it while closed, I'd close the zipper around the cord. Watch out for overheating if you leave it on in the case, the fleece likely blocks the fan

I attached two zipper pulls so If I wanted to charge it while closed, I'd close the zipper around the cord. Watch out for overheating if you leave it on in the case, the fleece likely blocks the fan

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corduroy looks like ragged book pages. Love it!

corduroy looks like ragged book pages. Love it!

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When done, spray it with a scotchgard meant for fabric and leather. It should give protection from dirty finger marks and wear better than if left untreated

When done, spray it with a scotchgard meant for fabric and leather. It should give protection from dirty finger marks and wear better than if left untreated

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I attached small ribbons to the inner corners so when closed up it doesn't force against the zipper, less risk of it falling out or dinging edges if it stays immobile inside.

I attached small ribbons to the inner corners so when closed up it doesn't force against the zipper, less risk of it falling out or dinging edges if it stays immobile inside.

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And here you have the finished book-themed laptop case! I've also thought of adding a leather belt to wrap around it as a 'close'

And here you have the finished book-themed laptop case! I've also thought of adding a leather belt to wrap around it as a 'close'

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A few great resources on book binding that taught me how to do covers: tiny.cc/ej9zdw tiny.cc/0k9zdw tiny.cc/do9zdw

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