I got a Kindle a few weeks ago and the next day I was sitting in my living room for hours trying to figure out a way to make a Kindle cover. I sought the internet for help, but most required a sewing machine and the ones that didn't, required stuff I didn't have. I went into all sorts of drawers in my home and found some pretty nifty ways of creating a cover that requires only hand sewing and stuff you might have at home that's waiting to be used! So what did I come up with? Glad you asked...
Here's what you need:
-cardboard DVD cover or plain cardboard (from any box)
(If you are using the DVD cover, be aware that it is for the smaller Kindle. Use cardboard if you want it for the bigger sized one)
-bubble mailer/envelope (or felt)
-Glue gun and glue
-elastic (or bra-straps)
|Taking it apart|
|cut the envelope/mailer open|
Now it's time to hot glue the fabric onto the cardboard/bubble wrap cover. First hot glue the felt spine in the middle. Then what I did was to fold over the fabric so that no unfinished edges were showing. I glued several scraps on the cover as if I was covering a present.
After covering the entire thing, leave it aside and grab your needle and thread. Time to sew! First cut two pieces of felt to cover the inside of your cover.
Fold the sides of the triangle, about 1/2 inch, and sew onto corners of felt like this:
Now that you've sewn the bottom part, it's time for add the elastic that holds the Kindle down up on top. For this, I had a bunch of extra bra straps that come with strapless bras. (Sorry guys, go buy elastic or ask mom, sis, wife, etc...) You can use elastic headbands too, like this one below. We will use an elastic headband for later too, so make sure if you are using them, have two ready.
Now that you've sewn the elastic and corners to hold the Kindle, we are going to make a little pocket for the other side. Basically, we are going to cut a piece of fabric rectangle and fold the edges and sew unto the felt piece. Easy.
Grab your hot glue gun and glue away. Be careful...it'll be hot. Grab something to press down the fabric pieces down so you don't burn yourself! I used an extra piece of felt and cardboard to press down. The end result looks like this:
Not quite done yet! Almost...
Time to add a piece of elastic to the spine. Grab your elastic headband and sew it onto the spine. Make sure you sew it well so that it'll stay put.
|here's my lovely Kindle cover, closed.|
Isn't it lovely?