How To Make A DIY Felt Kindle Case

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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.


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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