How to Make a Kindle Coverby Linda Moffitt
The Kindle has become a popular eBook reader, but many people want a cover to protect their investment. Many types of covers are available to choose from, including versions with pockets to store your Kindle in. If you choose to make your own Kindle cover, you also have several options, including a fabric cover that will stand on its own if you get tired of holding your Kindle.
Cut two pieces of fabric that measure 6 1/4 by 23 inches. Cut a third piece that measures 6 1/2 by 5 inches.
Cut out five pieces of cardboard in the following dimensions: 8 by 5 3/4 inches; 3/8 by 5 3/4 inches; 8 1/4 by 5 3/4 inches; 3/8 by 5 3/4 inches; 4 by 5 3/4 inches. Number each piece 1 through 5 as you cut it.
Fold the smallest piece of fabric in half with wrong sides together. Once folded, the fabric should measure 3 1/4 by 5 inches. Position the fabric so the fold is at the top. Fold each of the top corners down until they meet the bottom edge. Pin in place.
Place one of the cardboard pieces on your fabric about 1/4 inch from the bottom (large side down), centering the 5 3/4-inches side of the cardboard in the middle of the fabric. Mark the fabric with a fabric pen, using the cardboard as a template.
Sew a vertical row along the line you just marked on the fabric to create a pocket.
Place one of the long pieces of fabric on your table face up. Place the pocket on top, lining up the bottom edge with the bottom of the fabric. Pin the pocket into place. Lay the other long piece of fabric wrong side up over the pocket, again lining up the bottom edges. Pin in place. Sew across the bottom with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, and then remove the pins.
Measure 2 1/2 inches from the bottom, and mark the right and left sides of the fabric with the fabric pen. Slide the elastic piece between both pieces of fabric in line with your marks.
Sew up the long side of the fabric (right side), then sew up the other long side of the fabric (left side). Trim off any excess elastic.
Turn the whole cover inside out. You will have a long tube with one open end, a pocket on the other end and an elastic band across the back.
Insert cardboard piece #1 into the tube all the way to the bottom (where the pocket is). Sew a line of stitches just above the cardboard. Insert cardboard piece #2, push it all the way to the stitches, and again sew a line of stitches just above the cardboard. Repeat this process for cardboard pieces #3 and #4. Insert cardboard piece #5.
Fold the remaining fabric at the top of the pocket inward, then hand-sew the top seam with a needle and thread.
- check Depending on your Kindle model, you may have to adjust your measurements.
- close Always be careful when using any sewing machine.