1+ 2+ 3 T-Shirt Laptop Pouch By Ross Orr
Reincarnated tee “iShirt” protects your computer and deters thieves.
You will need: Sewing machine, marker, pins, old T-shirt. A smaller T-shirt works best for this, unless your
laptop is enormous. An old favorite with holes and burn marks will just add to the case’s theft-deterring
stealth. A pocket large enough to store your laptop’s power brick is a nice touch.
1. Mark and pin shirt.
a. Lay the shirt face up and then fold the bottom half upwards
over the chest. Check by touch that the bottom of the pocket
(if the shirt has one) is a bit above the fold. Set your laptop on
top of the shirt and then draw vertical marker lines about an
inch from both of its sides.
b. Along each marker line, use straight pins every few inches
to hold all the layers of fabric together. Pin crossways so that
the pins won’t get snagged on the sewing machine’s foot.
2. Sew and cut excess.
a. Sew a straight seam along both marker lines. For reinforcement, double up the stitching near the open edge of the pouch.
b. Cut off the sleeves and
trim the excess cloth around
the seam, leaving about 2
inches all around. This extra
fabric outside the seam will
provide additional padding.
Illustrations by Dave McMahon
Turn the pouch inside out so that the pocket is on the front
again. Slip your laptop into the middle compartment. The
neck opening is great for stashing stray cables; the bottom
flap holds papers or your ever-present copy of MAKE.
For Extra Credit
+ Take one of the leftover sleeves and sew it into a
pouch for your iPod and earbuds!