Mary from See Mary Quilt designed this easy cover for Kindles, Nooks or other tablet devices. These are practical covers– great for gifts– and so much more special when you create them to suit your own taste or that of your gift recipient; use beautiful fabric you love!
I grew up in a household where you didn’t just automatically buy the thing you wanted, you tried to make it first. That meant everything from clothes and bags, to journals and cookies. Later, in adulthood, I discovered quilting and all the beautiful fabrics that go along with it, and never looked back. So why just buy a boring item, when you can make an awesome one out of your favorite fabric? Here’s how easy it is to make a cover for your eReader or tablet device!
- 1-2 Fat Quarters (I used one, but a larger reader would need two)
- 1/4 inch elastic
- 1/8 inch elastic (or just use 1/4”)
- Pellon 987F
- Pellon Peltex
So the first thing you have to do is measure your reader. I have an old school Kindle, the kind with the keyboard, and it measures 5 inches by 7 1/2 inches.
You’ll be using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Now a bit of math. You’ll want a rectangle that is the height plus seam allowances by 2 1/2 times the width plus seam allowances. Add 1/8 inch to both numbers.
So my two rectangles would be 8 7/8 inches by 13 7/8 inches.
Also, cut a piece of interfacing the same size and fuse it to the wrong side of one of your rectangles. I used Pellon 987F. (My interfacing is a little bit short, but it will reach both of my seam allowances.)
Next cut an elastic, this will close your case. Make it the same height plus an inch, so mine would be 8.5.
Pin it to the rectangle with interfacing, a 7/8 of an inch in from the side. This will mean it’ll be at the very end when you sew the rectangles together. You may want to just stitch it down to keep it in place. (Every time I made this, I would forget to do this step. It’s easily fixed… Just unpick the edge you want it on, and add the elastic, and sew it back up.)
Place the two rectangles, right sides together, and sew around the edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a 3″ turning hole in the bottom. Clip the corners to reduce the bulk.
Turn right side out, press around the edges, and press in the turning hole. Topstitch all around, being careful not to sew the elastic.
Now we’ll make the part that will hold your reader.
Cut a piece of Pellon Peltex 1/8″ larger than your reader. Also cut your fabric to at least a 1/2 inch larger all around than the reader. Fuse the interfacing to the center of the wrong side.
Now cut your elastic for the corners. I had a smaller 1/8 inch elastic, but you could use 1/4 inch as well. Measure 1 1/2 inches in from the corners; this is where you’ll sew down the elastic. Give yourself 1/2 inch extra on each side. Mine ended up being 3 1/2 inches long.
Wrap the excess fabric around the back of the Peltex and pin in place. Miter the corners and mark where you want the elastic to be sewn down. For me, it’s 1 1/2 inches in from the corners.
For now, just tack the ends of the elastic down 1/8 inch from the edge. Make sure that the elastic is flat on the right side of your fabric, and that the edges are at a 45 degree angle when you’re sewing. This will keep you from sewing down the elastic on the front. You’ll want that side free.
See how your tacking isn’t catching the front elastic?
Place this piece on your sewn rectangles. Position it one width in, so that when you close the flaps, the far left one with the elastic will go entirely over your reader.
Topstitch around the edge of this piece, taking care to pull the elastic out of the way. I used a large safety pin to pull the elastic out of the path of the needle.
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