Make your own Kindle / Nook cover with this wonderful tutorial from crafter and seamstress Lesley Graham. You can find her blogging at Lesley W Graham and selling her bags and dresses in her shop Tiny Fete. She’s a big fan of natural health and all things handmade.
For this tutorial you will need:
- 2 pieces of outer fabric (9.5 in. x 6.25 in.)
- 2 pieces of inner fabric (9.5 in. x 6.25 in.)
- 2 pieces of lightweight interfacing or fusible fleece (9.5 in. x 6.25 in.)
- Dual Duty XP General Purpose Thread
- Cord or elastic cording (3 in.)
- A button of your choice
- Embroidery floss
I started out by measuring my fabric, leaving an inch around the Kindle. This is a great way to get this tutorial to work for a Nook or iPad. Once i got the dimensions I cut out the pieces. Because I’ve already pre-measured this step will not be necessary for the Kindle.
Start out by cutting out six pieces: 2 outer fabrics, 2 liner fabrics, and 2 pieces of interface. I used fleece as the liner so i used a lightweight interfacing and followed the manufacturers instructions by ironing it to the exterior fabric. If you weren’t using a soft fabric like fleece or felt on the inside, I would recommend using fusible fleece as the padding and then following the instructions.
Then I took the piece that would be the “back” of the cover and folded it in half. I made a mark and then placed the elastic cord evenly on either side. sew 1/4″ from the edge and then trim excess elastic.
Next sew the outer fabrics right sides together. Sew down three sides (start 1/4″ from the top and work your way down all sides minus the top). Repeat with the liner fabric but leave a 3″ gap at the bottom for turning out. Clip bottom corners.
Then turn liner fabric right side out and place it inside the outer fabric (still inside out) pin all along the top and then sew outer and inner fabrics together at the top.
Then turn inside out through hole in bottom of liner fabric. Use a point turner or chop stick to make bottom corners nice and sharp. Once all corners are poked out, sew by hand or machine the bottom hole closed in the liner. Then place liner inside the pouch and press.
Then top stitch the top all the way around to keep liner and outer fabrics together.
The last step is to place your button where the elastic will fit snugly around it and the folded over fabric won’t cover it.
I made marks with a fading marker and then sewed the button on with a bright embroidery floss. Ta da! You are finished and can now keep your Kindle cozy and protected.