Wednesday, February 09, 2011

How To Make A DIY Felt Kindle Case


Last week I decided to make myself a case for my Kindle, which my sister had given me as a Christmas gift (thanks Sis, I love it!). I'd been throwing it into my purse and figured a little extra protection would keep it out of harm's way. Plus, I didn't want to spend money on a fancy store-bought one. Luckily, I had some nice wool felt on hand to make the case, so it was practically free.

Here's how I made a felt Kindle case:

I cut a rectangle of felt double the length of the Kindle plus about three inches and the width of the kindle plus about five inches.


Then I pinned the two short sides with about an 1.5-inch seam allowance.


Then I threaded my machine up with a contrasting turquoise thread (I figured it would be fun to see the stitching) and set it to a zigzag stitch. I reinforced the ends by back stitching.


Then I folded the rectangle in half lengthwise and slipped the Kindle inside to see where to place my pins.

Once again I sewes seams using a zigzag stitch, reinforcing them with backstitching at both the top and the bottom

Finally, I removed the pins and used a pair of pinking shears to cut off the excess felt--for a practical and decorative finish to the sides. If I were to make this project over again, I think I would sew in some cardboard or some other hard material to protect the screen a little better than a single layer of felt would. For now, this is a great solution for a case that takes up hardly any more room than the Kindle itself.

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Love the colors and it was very pretty in person! But as my first Kindle died from screen trauma, I'm going to sew a panel cut from a stiff, plastic folder in to mine. (If I ever get around to doing it!)

Laura Fenton said...

Maybe I can make us both some ones with safety panels inside!

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