So, I found out that I was going to be getting a kindle for Christmas. I was so excited that I started looking for a cover that I really liked. I checked stores and plenty of places online, but never found anything that really fit my requests which were: something cute(#1 goal), sturdy, and affordable. It wasn’t until I decided that maybe I could make one that I started looking for patterns, but there weren’t that many. Then, I found a blog on Pinterest that showed you step by step how to make one. Of course, I wanted to do a few things differently, but I was so excited that I had found one! So, I am showing you all step by step how I made mine and hope that it will be useful to you. You can use this for any kind of reading device or even an iPad. The only difference would be the measurements, but it is simple. And for those of you who are interested in the financial part of the deal, I ended up paying about $13.50 for everything. As a bonus, I got something I really wanted and loved!
Here we go!
Fabric: (Fat quarters are great, but sometimes can be expensive. I found this fabric at Wal-Mart and loved it.) For the front and the inside I used two different, but coordinating patterns just for fun. For the filler I used fleece. You need something soft to make it plush, but you can use your imagination! As for the amount of fabric to use, it depends on the size of your device, but I bought 1/3 of a yard each of the fleece and then the two other fabrics. After that I cut 10″x13″ rectangles out of them.
Interfacing: You do not have to use this, but I wanted to make it sturdy and I used craft fuse. I also bought 1/3 of a yard, which turned out to be perfect.
Cardboard: Even if you don’t use cardboard you need something stiff. Do not use plastic because it will cause your kindle to overheat.
Elastic: I used 1/4″ braided elastic, but you can use whatever you feel like. Stretchy lace works too and makes it more girly.
Fastener: This has many variations, but I chose the simple sew-on snaps for my clasp and then added a cute jewelry piece I found and sewed it on. You could say I cheated. For those of you who are more advanced in your sewing techniques I suggest a button since there are so many cute ones out there. You also could use ribbon or Velcro.
Basics: Thread, scissors, seam ripper. Extra: decorative trimmings.
Cut out your cardboard. Start out by tracing your kindle on the cardboard and then cutting it out with an Exacto knife.
Cut out your fabric. I cut them into 10″x13″ rectangles. Two of the fleece and one of each of the other pieces.
Next, cut out the pieces for the tabs. You will need two pieces. I cut out one of each of the patterns and made them 4 inches with a rounded edge. However, you can square it off too for a different look.
Now it’s time for the pocket (If you don’t want a pocket you may skip this step). Again, I wanted a little something different so I cut out one of each of the patterns. I included these next few steps so that you don’t repeat the same mistake I did. When you are cutting out the inside part of the pocket, you want your first piece to be laying down with the pattern down and pinned so that you can cut out the shape properly. So the first one is NOT the right one, but the second is what it SHOULD look like.
When you are done cutting them out check the shape and look of your pocket with your inside piece to make sure you have it correct.
Cut out interfacing. Again, you don’t need to do this step if you don’t want to, but it does make it sturdy.
After cutting them out you need to pin the interface to your tab and pocket. The tab pieces need to be facing patterns against each other and a piece of interface on each side. The pocket only needs one piece of interfacing, but also needs to have the patterns against each other with interfacing on one side.
Pinning your decorative trim. This is just extra of course, but it adds character! First, measure out your ribbon by placing it on the front of your kindle cover. Don’t worry about the ends since they will be sewn in at the end. I used Black Sheer Rose ribbon from Michael’s (Usually the ribbon is pretty expensive, but Michael’s always has a coupon for 40% off of one item). After you measure, pin it where you would want it by folding it over like a book.
After you are done pinning, the next thing is to lay out your fabric pieces together. This will not include yet the tab or pocket.
Sewing the tab and pocket. Make sure you keep the needle position centered. Then make sure you do not sew the the bottom so that you can turn it inside out. The pocket you will only sew the curved part. The other ends will be sewn into the sides later on.
This is what they should look like after you turn them inside out and iron them.
Sewing your fabrics together! First, lay them out like shown below.
Sew all but the bottom of your cover (where the pocket is) so that you can turn it inside out. You will sew this later. Also, be careful of the pins that you have put in. Take all the ones out except for where the decorative ribbon is and also where the pocket is since it is not quite secure. Then trim the edges and round the corners for ease. Lastly, iron your cover to make it look sharp and neat.
Now open your cover and find the center. With chalk mark where you will sew all the way down the middle.
Sewing the bottom of your cover. First, insert the cardboard into the two slots that you have now sewn. Second, fold the pieces inward and sew the sides together tightly.
Elastic. First place your kindle inside your cover and mark where you want it to lay so that you can sew the elastic on. After marking, tightly sew on your elastic.
Last step! Finishing touches. Sew on your snap and then sew on your decorative piece if you have it. Last, but not least, tack on your ribbon so that it doesn’t slip and your done!
Hope you enjoy it and have fun!