Friday, December 5, 2014

Finish It Up Friday :: Kindle Cover

Happy Friday! I have the sweetest little project to share this week and if you know someone getting an eReader or an iPad it would make a great companion gift. I prefer reading the old-fashioned way but when you travel with a small person and you realize how much accompanying stuff goes in your bag anything you can simplify is good. So Santa kindly gave me a Kindle Paperwhite to travel with this year and I immediately whipped up a cover for it. 

I used this tutorial from Anne Kelle and I'll direct you there for the instructions BUT I wanted to share the modifications I used. I started with the "penelope" version. I used a 1/4" seam allowance throughout - same as the tutorial.

This is a great scrap project and it was perfect for some long-hoarded Melody Miller scraps.
2 pieces each for cover, lining and fusible fleece each 8.5"x6.5" I fuse the fleece to the lining fabrics not the exterior, that way it doesn't change the look or feel of the fabric that shows.

Here's my big switch (which isn't that big but anyway) I lined my pocket and made it a big shorter. I'm only planning on putting the charging cord in there and I liked it shorter to show off the exterior fabric.

 Cut exterior, lining and decor bond (1 each) 6.25"x 6.5" Fuse the decor bond to the pocket lining fabric. Place pocket and lining RIGHT SIDES together and stitch along one of the 6.5" sides. Turn inside out, iron and topstitch. Voila! Lined pocket.

One other tip - I use skinny hairbands for the elastic loop and I stitch them down first and then snip the edges off. 

I sewed the exterior, pocket and lining together exactly the same as the tutorial and used a vintage button from my button stash (yes, I have a button stash, it just happened) on each. They feel like just the right amount of protection without being too bulky and the button/loop closure seems way easier than a zipper for something this small.

I was so happy with the way these turned out and they took loner to cut out and interface than sew together. Tutorial on Anne Kelle blog also has iPad measurements!

OK, so now on to the Kindle Unlimited feature - anyone using it? Like it? Hate it? I got the 6 month trial because it was so inexpensive but I feel like I've already looked for a LOT of fiction that isn't included so I'm not sure whether I'll ultimately keep it. Love to hear anyone else's experience!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I have 2 I need to make this Christmas. And even thought I have a tutorial I've used before I like seeing what you did with the pocket and closure. Very pretty!

  2. These look great!

  3. Great colors. Thanks for the tutorial. love the elastic hoop idea, genious!

  4. Thanks for sharing your modifications to Anne Kelle's tutorial. I use my Kindle, especially when traveling, but I only check out books from the library. I've never bought any. When you finish one, just download another!


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