Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kindle Cover Tutorial

DIY Kindle Cover Tutorial
Did you get a new Kindle or Tablet for Christmas? Maybe you just want to make your own customized case for your trusty sidekick. I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite. I read it during those late night nursing session with Layla, or when I am relaxing before bed. My goal for 2015 is to read at least one book each month. The good news is that as of January 6th, 2015 I have already read one book.

I decided to sew up a cover for my Kindle to give it a little added protection from scratches and such. This cover is a quick sew and can be made in under an hour if you are familiar with sewing.

You do NOT have to be an expert sewer to create this cover.. actually, this may be a great beginner project. 

Go pick out your favorite fabrics and lets get to work.

First let's gather our materials and supplies to make this easy Kindle Cover.

Supplies (This is the supplies needed for a Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite:
Gather your materials
  • Sewing Machine and Sewing accessories (Thread, Scissors, bobbins... etc.)
  • 1 - 8"x11" piece of outer cotton (In this tutorial this piece is the Apples) 
  • 2 - 8"x6" piecces of inner cotton (I use a coordinating color to add a pop of color, you can use the same fabric as your outer piece if you wish
  • 1- 8"x11" piece of fusible interfacing. *You may be able to get away without using the interfacing, but your cover may not be as stiff.
  • 1 piece of card board or chip board that is big enough to trace around your device twice. 
  • 4- 4 1/2" Elastic
  • 1- 8" Elastic

1. Trace your Kindle on the Chip board twice. Then cut out the shapes. If you have a rotary cutter and mat, it makes cutting so much easier, however your blades will dull super fast.

Trace your kindle on the chip board
 2. Cut your fabric to size. If you are NOT making a kindle paperwhite, simply trace around the chip boards adding 3/4" seam allowance to all sides on your inner material. For the outer cover you can place the cut outs on your fabric and separate them by about an inch. Adding 3/4" seam allowance to all outer sides and cut.
Cut fabric

Cut the interfacing the same size as your outer material
 3. Take one of the inner pieces and mark 2" from all corners with a disappearing ink markers or chalk. Pin your 4 1/2" elastic to each mark allowing an overhang on each side.
Pin elastic to the right side of one of the inner material pieces. 
 4. Baste your elastic in place. You can use a straight stitch or a zigzag. Just make sure you stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance. I stitched all the way around the fabric to hold the elastic in place.
 Baste the elastic to the material. 
 5. Now we are going to attach the closure elastic to the outer material. Turn your outer material right side up. Now decide which side you want your elastic on when the cover is closed. If you want the elastic to go across the front of your cover when it is closed, then attach it to the left side. If you want it to be across the back when it is closed, then attach it on the right. I have it attached on the right hand side of my outer material because I monogrammed my cover. So, when the cover is closed the elastic will not hide the monogram.

Mark 2" over from the edge of the fabric. Pin and Baste your elastic in place with a 1/4" seam
Attach closure elastic 2" from either edge of the right side outer material.
 6. Next place the NON-Elastic inner material on the right hand side of the outer material. Make sure the materials are right sides together. Press the inside edge of inner material back 1/4". This will give you a finished edge when you are sewing the cover closed. Pin around the pieces.
 7. Place the elastic inner piece right side down on the left side of the outer material. Pin into place. Make sure the NON-elastic inner piece is under the elastic piece. *Also, make sure the inner pieces overlap some in order to ensure you can sew them together once they are turned.
Right sides together. Pin into place
 8. Stitch all the way around the cover's perimeter at 3/8" seam allowance. You can round the edges if you would like here. Trim off the excess elastic and trim corners.
Stitch all the way around and trim corners
 9. Turn the cover through the middle pocket opening.
This is what it should look like once it is turned. Flip the elastics over if they are on the front of the cover. 
 10. Slip the chip board or card board into the pockets now.
Slip chip board into the pockets now. 
 11. Pin the center seam closed. The elastic should tuck nicely under the folded over flap now. (See why we pressed it earlier?) This is where I try my cover out. Grab your kindle and place it in the elastics. Open and close the cover to make sure it fits well. If you need to make any adjustments, take out your pins and chip board and flip the cover right sides in again and adjust.
Pin the center seam closed.
 12. Sew a line right down the middle removing the pins as you go. Careful not to catch the chip boards under your needle.
Sew the center seam closed. 
 13. Top stitch around the cover. Moving the chip board slightly as needed.
Top Stitch and Admire
Inisde of the kindle cover. You can easily add a pocket to the left side. 

Tuck the front cover back and enjoy your reading.

This cover is just the right size. 

Back Cover


What do you think? Easy enough? I would LOVE to see pictures of your finished product. Please like my facebook page and be sure to share your work.

What are some of your favorite books to read on your kindle or other reader?

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