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Friday, July 27, 2012

Kindle Cover

I made this a long while ago, and thought I'd lost all the pictures. But as I was cleaning out my old files... Lo and behold! A whole folder named "Kindle Cover." Who knew?
Anyway, here is my trial-and-error, make-it-up-as-you-go attempt at making a kindle cover for my favorite e-reader. I kind of like how it turned out (aside from the color scheme, which was what I had to choose from in my scrap bag) and thought you might too.

What you'll need:
Fabric of your choice (about a yard)
Thread and other sewing supplies
Craft foam (six sheets)
Quilt batting
Thin elastic

First, measure the width and height of your device. For the sake of simplicity, I'll say the width is 6 inches. Take that number and multiply it by two (twelve inches), then add 3 inches (15 inches total). Take your height measurement, we'll say 8 inches, and add 1.5 inches (9.5 inches total). Cut your fabric into two rectangles using those totals: 9.5 inches tall and 15 inches wide by my example.
Cut a piece of quilt batting 1.5 inches wide and the same height as your rectangle of fabric. Lay one of your rectangles right-side-down and place your batting strip in the exact middle of the fabric. Pin it in place and sew it to the fabric.
(Sorry for not having a photo here; as I was originally making this I had batting covering the entire piece of fabric and it didn't work like I wanted it to and I wound up tearing it out later.)
Now sandwich your fabric rectangles right sides together. The batting strip should be on the outside of your sandwich at this point. Sew along three edges, leaving the top side open like a giant pocket.
Turn the whole thing right side out. Now, take your craft foam and lay your e-reader on top of it. Use a pencil to trace around the e-reader. Cut six of these from the craft foam. Take three of the craft foam pieces and lay them on top of each other. My foam was sticky-back so I pulled the paper backing and used the adhesive sides to hold the three pieces together in a stack. If you don't have sticky-back foam you can use glue to hold them together. This isn't a necessary step, but it does make things easier later. Now, slide your two stacks of foam into the fabric pocket you've made, and scoot each as close to either side as they go. Use a couple pins to hold them there.
Now, sew alongside the pins, as close as you can get to the foam without actually sewing THROUGH the foam (which would most likely break your needle). You should be sewing right along the same lines you made when you attached the quilt batting way back in step two.
Now turn under the edges of the top that you left open, and stitch it closed.
It should now look pretty much like this.
Next, lay it open and lay your e-reader on the side you would like it to be held in. I put mine on the right-hand side. Measure in from each corner about two inches and draw a dot on the fabric at that spot. This is where you're going to sew down the ends of your elastic.
Take your elastic and place the end on one of your dots and stitch it down. You will probably have to hand-stitch at this point. Once the end is secured, lay the elastic smoothly down to meet the next dot and stitch it down. Don't pull it tight, just lay it smooth. Once you've attached it at the next dot, cut off the free end and start at the next set of dots. Keep it up until you have 4 diagonal stripes of elastic attached to your cover.
Now you can slip your e-reader into the elastic corners to hold it in place. The cover is pretty much finished as is, but you can add a snap closure or a handle if you choose. I did both. The thick foam on the front and back should protect your e-reader from sudden shocks and from being scratched by things. (Like the keys, pens, and who knows what else is floating around in your purse.) The batting in the spine adds just enough thickness to make the whole thing more comfortable to hold if you fold it all the way open.
That little fabric flower is a detail I added to cover up the snap.