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I finally did it! I decided on a plan for making my own Kindle case and it actually turned out pretty nice even though I didn’t sew a bit!

Supplies

  • a pack of fabric quarters (or two quarters)
  • elastic (I chose wide because I liked the color, but a thinner kind would work, too.)
  • no-sew seam tape
  • a hot glue gun
  • a repurposed kindle-sized book (I used a Bob Dole autobiography we’d gotten in a grab bag at a book sale several years ago.)
  •  scissors
  • a tape measure
  • an iron and an ironing board

First, I cut everything so I could clear my work space of scrap. I cut both front and back covers cleanly off the book and used my kindle as a template to cut the fabric and batting.

Next, I glued or seamed everything together. I used the no sew seam tape to bond the cover fabric to the batting and the hot glue gun to bond the interior fabric to the book. Then, I attached the elastic also with the hot glue gun. Since the elastic was wide, I cut strips of it in half and glued that to hold the kindle in place. I used a wide strap around the front of it to hold it closed.

I’m pretty happy with the final product! The batting makes it comfortable to hold, the elastic keeps the cover in place when I’m not reading and out of the way when I am, and the book gives it nice support. I can even use the book cover to prop it up if I want to!

There are a few things I would do differently next time. I made the batting and cover fabric a little bigger than the book/kindle. I thought I’d like the wider dimensions but it kind of gets in the way and I’m paranoid about it causing the fabric to bend and then get stuck out of shape. It could also use double or even triple the batting.

For now, I’m really excited about it. And I that pack of quarters only cost me $6.50 and I have enough fabric to make six or so more cases! Lots of possibilities!

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I think I’m in the market for a new Kindle case. I really like mine, but I think I picked the fabric poorly and after having a mostly white fabric cover for two years, it’s a little dirty. And, maybe, I’m just ready for a change.

The cover I have is from Dahlia in Bloom on Etsy and I really like it. It’s a soft cover, so it’s nice to hold even if the kindle cover starts to kind of hurt my hands. If I were going to just replace it outright, I would probably go with this READY to ship Kindle 2 Cover Case eReader Cover from the same shop:

I like the pattern, I think it would wear a little better, and it has everything I really like about my current case. But, since I’m looking, I thought I’d explore some other options too.

Kindle Fire or Kindle Keyboard Cover Ereader by chicklitdesigns

These Kindle Fire or Kindle Keyboard Cover Ereader by chicklitdesigns are really cute! I love the hardcover look and they’re nicely fabric-covered inside. It’s not very soft though, so I’m not sure how much I would like it.

This  Hardcover Kindle Case by servicepartner is a nice in between. It’s reinforced with a hardback, but it’s covered in fabric and seems like it would be more comfortable to hold.

Kindle Kindle Fire Kindle Touch Case Hardcover by irisandlily

I really like the way that this hardcover case by irisandlily folds up. Both the right and left panel fold behind the kindle when you’re reading.

Of course, simple sleeves are a great way to go too. I think this little snap purse-style case by ModDotTextiles is really great and more of an accessory. These sleeves are generally so inexpensive that I could maybe justify spending a little extra and getting a GelaSkin.

I kind of get overwhelmed by all of the designs at GelaSkins. Right now, I think I’d opt for this Gustav Klimt – Tree Of Life – Kindle Keyboard cover but I really like so many. I just worry that they’d be too busy while I’m reading.

Do you have an ereader or iPad with a cover on it that you really like? Maybe I just need to be pointed in a good direction!

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