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Basic quilting kit

Cotton fabrics: a selection of different prints and colours (or one charm pack)

Cotton lining fabric: 11x28½in (28x72cm), in a co-ordinating print

Wadding (2oz): 13x30in (33x76cm)

Cotton backing fabric: 13x30in (33x76cm)

Cord for button loop: 5in (13cm)


Quilting thread

Hexagon template

¼in (6mm)

10½x14in (27x36cm) – to fit a 13in laptop

Hexagon Template

Hexagon Template


Hexagon Laptop Case

Get to grips with a truly portable technique and make this fun gadget cosy

Patchwork might be a traditional craft, but it’s infinitely adaptable to the modern world. This wonderfully simple project is ideal for quilting beginners and is easy to pick up whenever you have a few moments to spare, without having to remember where you got to! This stylish and cosy laptop case is lined and padded to keep your precious computer safe. It makes a great gift too – adapt the size to suit e-readers, tablets, phones and more.

Cutting the Fabric

Trace the hexagon shape on page 101 and cut it out from thin card to make a template.


It can be useful to sketch a layout diagram to work out how many whole, half and part hexagons you need to cover your laptop. Use the card template to cut out the correct number of paper hexagons. Office paper or freezer paper works well.


Once you’ve cut out all your paper shapes, pin them onto your cotton fabrics (or iron on if you’re using freezer paper). If you’re using a charm pack, you can cut one whole hexagon from each square.


Trim the fabric ¼in (6mm) outside the edge of each hexagon shape all the way around.

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Turn the edges of the fabric over to the back of the paper and tack into place, folding the corners neatly as you go.

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Arrange the hexagons on a flat surface until you’re happy with the placement and pattern.

Sewing the Patchwork

Take two hexagons and place them right sides together, then whip stitch (see page 94) along the two sides which will sit next to each other. Be careful not to sew through the backing paper and try to make the stitches small for a neat look.


Continue joining the hexagon pieces together in this way, working on one seam at a time until all the hexagons are joined together.

Completing the Patchwork

Once you’ve sewn all the hexagons together, undo the tacking stitches and remove the papers. Alternatively, by removing the papers as you go along, your work will become more flexible and easier to handle as you work – as well as saving you time at the end.

Quilting the Patchwork

In this stage, the three layers – the finished patchwork, wadding and backing fabric – are joined together with a running stitch, worked all around the edges of the hexagon pieces to create the raised quilted effect. Place the cotton backing fabric right side down with the wadding on top, then put the assembled patchwork right side up centrally on top. Now tack all three layers together, with the lines of tacking a few inches apart, to keep it secure. Neatly quilt around each hexagon shape with a matching quilting thread.

Assembling the Laptop Case

Take the completed piece of patchworked and quilted fabric and trim the backing fabric and wadding so that the finished patchwork measures 11x28½in (28x72cm). To be extra sure, wrap around your laptop and check the size before you trim.


Fold it in half right sides together widthways and sew together down both sides making sure you match the hexagon seams and use a ¼in (6mm) seam allowance.


Repeat this step with the lining fabric but leave a gap in the centre of one side for turning later.


Fold the button cord for the loop in half and place both ends at the centre of one side of the opening, tacking them into place.


Turn the lining wrong sides out and place the patchwork outer inside, matching side seams and raw edges.


Neatly stitch together all around the top using a ¼in (6mm) seam allowance.


Turn the whole piece right sides out through the gap in the lining and press carefully with an iron. Push the lining inside the patchwork outer.


Choose a good-sized button in a complementary colour to fit the loop. Or for an extra co-ordinated look use a self cover button – wrap a scrap of your favourite leftover fabric around the front of the button, secure at the back with a tacking stitch then push the backing piece into place. Fix the button to the front of the laptop case to line up with the cord loop on the other side. Slip your laptop inside and secure the loop to check everything fits snugly.

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First published in Beginner’s Guide to Quilting.