Emily from Nap Time Creations shows how you can sew a padded laptop sleeve with an easy Velcro closure. You can store pencils and other small accessories in a pocket on the front. She uses a fusible foam for the padding but you could also use quilt batting.
Click the link below to go to her tutorial:
Padded Laptop Sleeve Sewing Tutorial, by Nap Time Creations
[photo from Nap Time Creations]