Monday, December 19, 2011

Kindle Cover Tutorial

This is my first tutorial so bear with me and feel free to ask questions im not clear enough, I could not find a tutorial that i wanted to i made my own pattern and just kind of wung it (winged it??)  Its a christmas gift for my mommy :) Im going to appoligise for the bad pics, my cameras broken and my phone is also broken (thanks to the baby) so i used the video camera which apparently is horrible! i retook the finished shots with hubby phone and they are good.
This is the finished product

I do not own a kindle, but we got one for my mom for Christmas so i wanted to make her a cover so i used cardboard and duct tape to make a fake kindle with the same dimensions as the real one.

my fake kindle lol 

First I made the rolled fabric flowers, Pretty easy to do, you can find a ton of you tube videos and blogs showing you how to do it. The easiest way i found is that you take 1 in strip of fabric, find the middle and tie a knot there, then you start wrapping it and twisting the fabric away from the middle and you eventually get a flower. I hot glued them to a piece of fleece to keep them together.

I used 3 fabrics, So well call the grey fabric A the pink with weird stick things B and the plain pink C. These are the cuts youll need
9.5x12 one piece each of A and B 
2- 3 in squares of A 
9.5x6 each of A and B
2- 1x10 C
2- 1x5A
1/4 in Elastic
Button or Snaps

Youll also need 2 8x5 cuts of plastic, i used the top of a big rubbermaid container, i also saw people use binders... whatever you have will work. 

Ok so i Started by making the pocket for the inside, i took the 9.5x6 of A and folded the top down to make a pocket the size i wanted then i stitched it. Then i put A fabric on top of the B fabric and basted it together. Next i Hemmed the right side of it to make a nice finished seam for the pocket. And basted it to the large cut of fabric B

Next i marked where the binding would be, Just for placement on the parts the will hold the kindle in 
I marked 5 3/4 from either side 

Now we will work on the bits and pieces to told the kindle in, you will need your 3 in squares, fold then in half and stitch down the long side

now i placed these onto the B fabric and stitched it, 

Now for all of the elastic pieces in this project, you could just use the elastic but i wanted to make it pretty :) SOOO what i did was, take a 1 inch piece of fabric and fold in half and sew it, then i put the elastic in  and sewed one end closed then figured out how long the elastic needed to be and bunched up the fabric a little to allow for stretching, and sewed the other end

Now sew on the elastic straps. 

Next i put the binding in its just a one inch piece of fabric i folded a half in under on either side and sewed it between the lines i marked earlier. now the binding should cover the left side of the bottom triangle and the elastic too. (see picture 3 up) 

Now put right sides together and sew like you would anything else, just make sure that you leave an opening big enough to get the plastic in, i put them in and then turned them while they were inside 

Before you sew it up hand stitch the button onto the front, now put the elastic for the closure in and sew up the hole. Then top stitch the whole thing, along the green lines 

You could also Use Snaps as a closure, Just make a little tab to sew in where i put the elastic and apply the snaps on the front and on the tab! I made some Art to go cases which are similar in construction and i used snaps, i like them better! 

now i just hot glued the flowers to the front and your all done!! 

sorry its upseide down i cant figure out how to fit it lol 

this is also upside down, but it shows the pocket better

Well i hope you enjoy! If you need any help, leave a comment with your email addy and ill get back to you! 

1 comment:

  1. this is awesome!!! i need to get a kindle so you can maek me one!!! lol