I got my very first Kindle for my birthday this year (lucky me!) and I’m absolutely in love. I’m completely obsessed with reading on every journey that I make and I swear I can hear it calling me from my handbag while I’m trying to work… My Kindle has completely reignited by bookworm soul so I felt it only proper to create a gorgeous case for my new favourite toy. I’m really enjoying working with leather and faux leather at the moment and the beautiful lines and edges you can create with minimum fuss. And let’s not forget that leather just looks so damn chic!!
You will need:
- Leather / faux leather – enough to wrap around your kindle 3 times
- Needle and thread
- Sharp scissors
- Embroidery thread
- Two beautiful buttons
Step One: Measure
Measure your leather against your kindle case so that you have a couple of cms on either side and enough height to wrap your kindle one and half times. The top flap will the the lid of your cover and will fold over to secure your kindle. Mark your folds softly in pencil and mark the width needed for the kindle to fit as well just above the pocket.
Step Two: Sew
On the sewing machine sew along each side of your case in line with your pencil markings (check again once you’ve completed one side). your kindle should fit into the pocket easily but not so loose that it moves around,
Step Three: Shape It
Now turn your attention to the flap of your case. You could shape this however you want – as a straight line, curved, or even a scalloped edge (which I think i’ll try next time). I decided to give my case a classic envelope look. Mark your lines on the inside of your fabric and cut neatly.
Step Four: Button It
Time to add your fastening. Choose two beautiful buttons that contrast with your leather. Sew one to the centre of the top flap (on the ‘right’ side on your fabric – you want these buttons on show after all), and then fold this flap down into place. your second button should sit on the main pocket of your case about a cm under the first button. Sew into place by hand.
PS. If you decide to use embroidery thread for this bit make it less bulky by splitting your floss into it’s 6 strands and only using two of them – the picture should show you what I mean…
Step Five: Fasten It
The way I decided to fasten this case is with an embroidery thread tie. Simply Cut about 25cm of thread, tie in a double knot around your top button and then wrap around the two buttons in a figure of eight motion to secure. Easy!
And there we have it! One gorgeously bright, effortlessly chic kindle case to show off on the tube!
Time to get reading! On my list I have:
– The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
– Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
– The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
– Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
– The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
What are you reading?
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