# 3 ways to make a laptop sleeve

You already have a laptop but you don't have enough money to buy it a sleeve. Maybe the case you already have is frayed, has coffee stains, or just doesn't fit the size of your new computer. It's your lucky day: you can make a makeshift cover without spending a lot of money. You only need a cardboard box and some duct tape.

## Steps

#### Step 1. Get enough cardboard

The boxes that the reams of paper come in are the ideal size to make a computer sleeve.

### Method 1 of 3: Make the inner layer

#### Step 1. Identify the line in the middle of the lid

You can fold the cap in half by joining the shorter sides together or measuring with a ruler.

• Mark the middle line.

#### Step 2. Mark two points on the sides of the center line

One should be 1 cm (½”) from the middle line, and the other should be 2.5 cm (1”).

### Using these points as a reference, draw lines parallel to the one in the middle

#### Step 3. With the blunt side of a ruler or similar object, mark all the lines

Once you mark the lines, you should be able to fold the cardboard along them easily.

### Method 2 of 3: Make the outer layer

#### Step 2. Identify the line in the middle of the box

You can do this by folding the box in half or using a ruler.

#### Step 3. Draw and mark the middle line and make two lines on each side of the middle one

There should be a gap of approximately 1 cm (½”) between each line. You will have five lines in total: the two on each side and the middle line.

#### Step 4. Align the inner layer with the outer layer

The "straight marks" on the cardboard of the base box should be perpendicular to those on the cardboard of the lid (this will reinforce the sleeve) and the bottom of the inner layer should coincide with the lines on the "outside".

#### Step 14. Put your computer in the sleeve

Now you can make the handles.

### Method 3 of 3: Ideas for making the handles

#### Step 1. Make the handle with a braided rope

Make a loop with 2 meters (2 yards) of string. Pass the ends of the string through holes you make in the lapels. Tie the ends of the rope and use the loop as a handle.

Alternative view:

#### Step 2. Make the handle with a knotted bow

Cut a string that is about 1 foot (30 cm) long. Pass the ends of the rope through holes you make in the lapels and tie a knot.

#### Step 3. Make the handle with a single large loop

Make a loop that is a little bit larger than the cover. Pass the ends of the rope through holes as shown in the image. Spread the rope to open the case and reroll the rope to use as a handle.

Alternative view (the handles are made by passing the rope through holes in the flap):

#### Step 4. Make the handle using a T-shirt

Sew the hem of a large shirt to close the shirt. Place the sleeve inside the shirt across the neck and use the sleeves as handles.

#### Step 5. Make the handle using rolled cardboard

Make large flaps on the side that is left open. Roll the flaps to form rolls that you will use as handles. Stick them well.

• Make the outer layer a little larger than the inner layer and place a sheet or two of foam film between the two layers and at the bottom of the cover. Doing so will make the computer more shock-proof.
• The key to success in making this sleeve is measuring and cutting with great care and precision. Careless work will result in a messy cover that will come apart easily.
• You can color or decorate the outer layer of the cover however you like. If you have sealing tape, you can cover the surface to make a sturdy cover. Alternatively, you can cover the outer layer with duct tape to make the case waterproof and scratch resistant.

## Warnings

• All types of cardboard are abrasive, but some are MORE abrasive than others, especially plastic. Unless you want some part of the case to be scratched, take precautions so that does not happen.
• Scissors are pointed tools. Be careful how you use them.
• Some people might laugh at your case or think you're not very stylish, especially in a job interview. This cover is not always the best option.
• The cardboard is not waterproof or shock resistant.