Thursday, May 19, 2011

Handmade Kindle Cover

Supplies needed:

2 Fat Quarters in complimenting fabrics - 3 if you want to get fancy...make sure 2 match
Cardboard (to create your pattern and your "fake Kindle" for checking fit, etc.)
1 piece of template material (for making quilt templates)
Low pile batting (if you want it soft and squishy - this will require the 3rd fat quarter)
2 pieces of thin (1/8") elastic
1 button

1. Trace your Kindle on the cardboard. Cut out 1 pattern of your Kindle. Label it A.

2. Take cardboard Kindle and place on cardboard. Measure out 1 1/2 full inches in every direction. Cut the "larger Kindle". Label it B.

3. Trace the "larger Kindle" side by side with itself, like an open book. Draw a straight line across the "dips" in the middle (or leave them for a more stylized look - but it's more difficult to sew). Cut out the 3rd pattern. Label it C.

4. Place A on top of B. Measure diagonally across the corners for a triangular piece of fabric which will hold the Kindle in place. When you measure it, meaasure 1/2 inch beyond where you want it to sit on the Kindle. This will be a seam allowance for later. Cut the triangular piece out of cardboard. Label it D.

5. Out of the material that you want to make the outer cover, cut 1 C pattern. Out of the material you want to be the primary inner pattern, cut 1 C pattern. Out of a contrasting material to the inner material, cut 4 D patterns.

6. Cut 2 B patterns out of the template plastic. You may make these about 1/2 inch down total OR trim as needed toward the end. I recommend trimming at the end if you don't mind losing a small bit of template fabric.

7. (if desired) Cut 1 C pattern out of the batting reducing the pattern by 1/2 inch in each direction to allow for seam allowances. You will need an additional C pattern as well in any coordinating fabric.

8. Measure elastic across B pattern and cut two taught pieces across the cover (stretched to help hold Kindle in place).

9. Cut 1 small piece of contrasting fabric to make the closure. This can be made as a strap to button or as a loop. Designer's choice! :)

10. Cut the inner C pattern in half so it "matches" the B pattern.

11. Hem the 4 D patterns across the long portion of the triangle with a minimum of a 1/4" seam allowance.

12. To the right half of the halved inner C pattern, sew the two piece of elastic on - one for the bottom and one for the top. Sew them to the front side of the fabric. Sew only on the left side. Measure to your A pattern to check for distance.

13. Sew the two left triangles onto the inner C pattern right side sewing the outer corners and leaving the inner corner "free" with the elastic coming out from the inside.

14. Hem, sew, or otherwise create the strap or loop for the closure of the cover.

15. Attach the strap or loop to close the Kindle to the right side of the inner C pattern on the right side.

16. Hem the left side of the right half of the C pattern using a 1/4" seam allowance.


17. Take the extra C pattern and lay the "inside" of the Kindle using the halves of the C pattern you just sewed. Check the positioning as this will be the "inside" of your Kindle cover.

18. Pin these pieces in place. Cover with the outer C pattern facing downward so the part you will see is sandwiched in the middle. Pin in place.

19. Sew outer edge around project leaving one of the short sides open for turning, stuffing, and hand stitching.


17. Lay your outer C pattern right side UP.

18. Place your two inner C patterns you cut in half on top and pin in place leaving a small gap in the center. Make sure they are facing down so you are seeing the "wrong" side of the fabric.

19. Sew outer edge around project leaving one of the short sides open for turning and hand stitching.


20. Turn right side out. Stuff with batting if desired. Sew remaining area with blind stitches.

21. Opening the cover, slide the two B template pieces inside. These may require trimming as previously mentioned.

22. Place the Kindle inside and a notebook on the opposite side if desired. Stretch your loop/strap closure around to the front and pin where you will need to place the button.

23. Remove inner items and attach button.

24. Restuff and enjoy!!!

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