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Easy Kindle Sleeve

Here’s a really simple padded kindle (nook/phone/ereader/tablet) sleeve.  If you’re not sure about your sewing skills, or don’t have a machine that can go though several layers, skip the batting.  See my blog post about making it here.

Materials:
Outer fabric, liner fabric and batting, all ~ 18″ x 8″, depending on your ereader.
Thread, matching the other fabric
Elasic – Cord perferred, but regular elastic would do
A nice looking button

Easy DIY  Kindle Sleeve

Easy DIY Kindle Sleeve

1) Measure your kindle/ereader/tablet. To the width dimension, add 1/4″ to 1/2″ (or more if your device is thick) wiggle room for each side, plus 1/2″ per side for the seam allowance.  To the height dimension add 1/4″ to 1/2″ wiggle room plus 1/4″ seam allowance to each side  If you’re planning on piecing it so the pattern is right side up, add another 1″.

(I actually didn’t use enough wiggle room on the top and sides. It fits, but it’s tighter than I intended.  I modified these plans accordingly).

So my fabric width would be:

5.25″ ( Kindle width) + 2 *1/4″ (wiggle room & thickness) +2 *1/2″ (seam allowance) = 6.75″ wide
2 * 8″ ( Kindle height) + 2 * 1/2″ (wiggle room & thickness) + 2 * 1/4″ (seam allowance) = 17.5″ high


2) (Optional ), Iron and piece together the outside fabric to align the print or to create a patchwork pattern.

3) Iron your outer and liner fabric.   Cut your outer and liner pieces to the right size, leaving the batting a little bit oversized. Place the fabric pieces right side together, with the batting under the lining piece.  Pin elastic loop at the center of the front edge, in-between the liner and outer fabric.

4) Sew 1/4″ around the edges leaving part of one side open to turn it.  Reinforce the elastic. Trim off the batting and clip the corners.

5) Flip the sleeve inside out.  If you wanted to have a quilted design on your sleeve, now’s the time to do it.  Iron the opening for turning and iron to align the edges.  Then sew down the sides at most 1/4″ away from the edge (slightly smaller will look a little better if you can keep it neat).  There will be a lot of layers to sew through at the corners so take extra care not to stress or break your needle.

6) Hand stitch the button and your done.  Enjoy!

It would be pretty easy to add a flap on the top this cover if you prefer that over a button.  Just add a 2″ flap on the top, omit the elastic, and top stich around the flap in the 5th step (connecting the side topstiches).

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