How to Make a Kindle Case

From the price on most (quality) Kindle cases, you might assume that they were hand stitched by Mongolian monks with thread of only the finest silk. Finding the cheapest commercial case available was $35 dollars, I decided to make my own. Last week I made a (highly experimental) case for my mother’s kindle as a birthday present. You are welcome to follow my example.

quilted fabric, fleece, padding, 20 inch zipper, decoration

I used a thin quilted material for the outside, fleece for a liner (to protect the screen), padding (the kind used for shoulder  pads: quilt stuffing will probably work), a 20 (or 22) inch zipper, decorative seam binding (optional), and 3/8 inch elastic.

The (2nd generation) Kindle measures in at about 5 & 1/8 X 8 X 4/8 inches. Assuming a 5/8 in. seam allowance and allowing 3/8 in for the height of the Kindle, cut rectangles of lining material, filling, and outer material from 10 X 12 in. (for a tight fit) or 10 X 14 & 5/8 in. for a (loose fit).

With two pieces of seam binding

Piecing the cover

At this stage, especially if you had to piece the outer material, you might want to add the decorative seam binding (or lace, ribbon, rick rack, etc). I had a seam from the piecing so I pressed the seam allowances flat on the inside and sewed the seam binding over the seam on the outside.

Flip the far selvage edge over the seam.

Sew padding to cover.

This made the cloth look unsymmetrical, so I pinned another piece of binding to the outside at an appropriate distance. However, I clipped the selvage edge nearest it short, and turned over the other selvage edge, and sewed over it when I sewed on the second piece of binding. This gave the case a “spine”.

I sewed the padding to the wrong side of the outside fabric inside the seam allowance.

Sandwich the cover, zipper, and lining together. Sew.

Next, I sandwiched the zipper between the right sides of the inside and outside material. Make sure to center any decorative tape. You must get the placing of the zipper right! If you value your time at all, you will hand-baste the fabrics together along the zipper, leaving a small hole so that you can turn the case right side out. I spent a few hours rip-stitching. When you’re sure the zipper placement is right, sew along the zipper. The seam allowance used here is a matter of taste. I used a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Make sure to leave a hole so you can turn the case right-side out.

Turn the case right-side out, hand-sew elastic in to hold the Kindle in place, and stitch shut the hole you used to turn the case right-side out.

The fit on my case was a bit tight so you might not want to use the smallest measurement.

InsideElastic bandsNow you have a case that looks more like a diary cover than a disguise for a device that you paid more for than you like to think about. This costs far less than $35 if you’ve got some cloth lying Outside around (and even if you don’t), and it’s moderately easy if you take it slowly. At any rate, someone needs to put those monks out of business, and it might as well be you.

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