-Sewing Machine, sewing needle, and thread
-Leather (or vinyl)
-Sharp scissors or Xacto knife
-Clasp (Button stud)
What to do:
First you need to find 11 and 1/2 inches by 23 inches of your leather (or vinyl - depending on personal preference). After this, you will need to find your favorite color fabric and get it cut to 8 and 1/4 inches by 11 and 1/2 inches.
Now that you have your materials ready, you will need to cut the leather to match the diagram above. Here is how you should make your cuts: make sure you don't cut the pieces apart, the point is to make it one large piece! Get out a marker or Sharpie (etc) and turn the leather so it's laying on it's front. Use the marker to plot out a 8 and 1/4 inch by 11 and 1/2 inch rectangle that connects to a 8 and 1/4 inch by 11 and 1/2 inch triangle on the bottom side and on the top it should connect to a 1 and 1/2 inch by 11 and 1/4 inch rectangle that also connects to a 5 inch by 11 and 1/2 inch triangle. Sounds confusing? Refer to the chart above for the diagram!
Once you cut the leather out, you will look at your fabric. Depending on how it was cut, you will use your sewing machine to be sure that the bottom (11 and 1/2 inch part) and both sides (8 and 1/4 inch parts) are closed up. You only want one of the 11 and 1/2 inch sides open.
After you finish those steps, you get to begin putting the leather and fabric together! First, lay the leather face down and then place the fabric on top of it so that its over the leather's rectangle. The 8 and 1/4 inch triangle should be below the bottom of the fabric (where you either sewed it shut or it was connected.). Your next step is to fold the triangle up and over the fabric. You may need to use a needle to hand sew the triangle onto the fabric (only ONE side of the fabric though, remember the fabric is the pouch, the leather is the decoration!). Once the triangle is sewed to the fabric, use your ruler to measure for the center of the pouch going side to side. After this, measure about 4 and 1/2 inches up from the bottom and use your Xacto to make a hole for the clasp. Now attach the part of the clasp that sticks out (the bottom piece of the clasp).
Now you will need to use your sewing machine to sew up one side of the leather and fabric, along the top triangle of the leather, and back down the other side of the leather and fabric. Finish sewing and then prepare for the next part, again, you may have to hand sew depending on how good you are with maneuvering a sewing machine. For this step, all you will do is sew the top part of the fabric (only one side) that side being the same side that you sewed the first leather onto (the 8 and 1/4 inch triangle).
After this, you will fold the loose leather triangle over (following the diagram above) and it will cover the clasp. You will use your Xacto knife to cut a slit over the stud and make sure it allows you to open and close properly. I suggest that you now enforce the slit by sewing around it.
Now all you have to do is place your papers, tablet, or any other object you please and you will now have a laptop holder, a folder for your college papers or recipes, or anything else!