I decided to make a Kindle case for a friend. I was pretty happy with the last one I made so I stuck to the same basic materials and structure. I chose a vintage Hardy Boys book. The cover art is cool, and the book is the right size to fit my friend’s e-reader.

Completed Kindle Case

Completed Kindle Case

Supplies I used: hardback book, cardboard, fabric, quilt batting, straight pins, sewing machine, scissors, E-6000, X-acto knife, magnetic closure, stretchy elastic, decorative bead.

First things first, measure your e-reader, and find a book that is an appropriate size. Since I was making this case for a friend, I made a template of her Kindle out of cardboard. I made sure the cardboard version was the same size as the Kindle itself so the e-reader would fit snugly once the project was complete. If you already have your e-reader, you can skip this step.

Make sure your Kindle will fit!

Make sure your Kindle will fit!

Use an X-acto knife to cut the book pages from the spine.One slice on either side of the first and last pages should do the trick.

Separate the spine

Separate!

I wanted to make the Kindle would be cushioned on both sides, so I found some quilt batting I had leftover from another project. I cut a piece that was as wide as the book but twice as long–7.5″ by 21″. By cutting an extra long piece, I was able to fold the batting over and provide twice the amount of cushioning. If you don’t have any batting, some soft fabric would work just as well. You could even cut up an old t-shirt.

Cushion that Kindle!

Cushion that Kindle!

I chose some soft teal fabric that coordinated with the cover for the inside of the case. I cut the piece of fabric so it was a little larger than inside of the book–about 9″ by 12.5″. I folded the batting and pinned the teal fabric around the batting. If you’re using a patterned or striped fabric, make sure the design is square with the corners of the fabric.

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I used my sewing machine and zipped around the fabric. If you don’t have a machine or aren’t a fan of sewing, you could use iron-on tape or glue the fabric together.

Sew stylish...

Sew stylish…

After I finished sewing, I flipped the fabric over. It looked a little plain. IMG_0065

To add a bit more interest, I added a strip of black ribbon. I sewed the ribbon in line with the spine of the book.

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Next step, onto elastic! For this next part, its important to use your e-reader (or in my case, cardboard template) to attach the stretchy elastic, which will hold the Kindle in place. I measured one strip that will attach horizontally and one that will attach vertically. I sewed one part of the vertical elastic and one part of the horizontal piece. I prefer sewing to gluing in this instance because it provides a stronger hold. Don’t want that Kindle falling out!

Attaching elastic

Attaching elastic

After you’ve sewn one side of each elastic, use your e-reader as a guide to see how tight you should pull the elastic. The elastic should be stretched slightly as the Kindle sits snugly between the two pieces. Sew the other two sides of the elastic. At the same time, I sewed a 4″ piece of black ribbon to the middle of the fabric bundle. This ribbon will be used to help keep the book closed.

Faux Kindle is as snug as a bug in a rug!

Faux Kindle is as snug as a bug in a rug!

I used some E-6000 to glue the fabric to the book. Be awfully generous with the glue! Let dry fully. I wanted to make sure the case stays closed, especially when housing the Kindle, so I picked up some magnetic closures at the craft store. They can be found in the purse-making aisle.

Two fridge magnets would work well too!

Two fridge magnets would work well too!

I attached the negative closure to the front cover of the book and the positive side to the black ribbon. I also added another piece of ribbon to cover the hardware.

Almost ready...

Almost ready…

Just to add some extra pizzazz, I glued on a small bead to the top of the ribbon. I left the back of the book as it was.

Front Cover Complete!

Front Cover Complete!

All the inside of the case needed was one LivSplendidly tag and ta-da! All ready to keep a Kindle safe and warm.

Fin!

Fin!

I love projects like these because they’re so easy to customize. There are so many possibilities in terms of books to use and fabric with which decorate the inside of the case. Smaller jobs like this are also a great way to use up spare bits of fabric you might have in your stash.

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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