Kindles, iPads, Nooks and other e-readers are really popular these days, and of course the first idea that will run through any quilter's head is to make a cover for theirs. A custom cover lets you give your e-reader a personal touch, and is way more fun than buying one that's ready made. It's also a great gift for any friends or family members that have one of these gadgets.
For the cover we chose the embroidery design of Albrecht Durer. Hands with Bible.
The finished size of the cover is 7" x 9" (closed). It was made to fit a Kindle 2. You will have to adjust the size to fit other devices.
You will need:
Stabilize the light-colored fabric with medium-weight cut-away iron-on stabilizer and make the embroidery.
Cut away the excess stabilizer.
Out of fabric for the top, cut 1 strip measuring 3" x 5 1/2" and sew it to the lower edge of the embroidery.
Out of fabric for the top, cut 1 strip measuring 12" x 5 1/2" and sew it to the upper edge of the embroidery.
Out of fabric for the top, cut 2 strips measuring 2" x 21". Sew the strips to the left and right edges of the working piece.
Out of each of the fabric for the backing and the batting cut a piece measuring 10" x 22".
Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread the top over it.
Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. The cover needs to be pretty firm, so quilt it densely. We quilted around the embroidery in the ditch and all over the cover in a free motion style.
After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam, then trim and square the work: the space under the embroidery should be 2", the space over the embroidery should be 10", the left and right panels 1" each; all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.
Do not discard the strips you trimmed away.
Cut a piece of Velcro tape about 1 1/2" long. Sew one half of the tape to the cover under the embroidery - 1/4" from the embroidery edge and 1/4" from the edge of the cover, 3" from the left and the right edges.
Out of fabric for the lining cut 2 pieces measuring 7" x 10" each.
Out of Pellon Peltex-70 (or 71) intefacing cut 2 pieces measuring 7" x 8" each.
Position the fabric pieces on the pieces of interfacing. Alihn 3 edges. Fold the fourth, upper, edge over the interfacing. Press.
Quilt the pieces with several straight lines to fasten the fabric and the intefacing.
Out of elastic band, cut 4 pieces, each one 4" long. Pin them across the corners, as shown on the picture below (they will be used to hold the Kindle in the cover). Topstitch along all edges twice, 1/8" and 1/4" from the edge, securing the bands.
Place the quilted top on a table, face down. Position both 7" x 8" pieces over the lining -
the piece without the elastic bands goes over the end with the embroidery, and the piece with the bands goes on the end without embroidery. The finished edge of each piece should look at each other. Pin the parts together.
Topstitch 1/4" from the edge, along all edges.
To make the clasp, find among the left-over quilted strips a piece measuring 1" x 3 1/2". Finish 2 of the long and one of the short edges with binding.
Sew the second half of the Velcro tape to the side made up of lining fabric.
Out of fabric for the top, cut the binding 2 1/2" wide and about 60" long.
Fold the strip lengthwise and press.
Pin the binding to the wrong side of the cover. Machine-stitch 1/4" from the edge.
Press the binding and fold it on the right side of the cover and pin. Insert the clasp strip under the binding on the end without embroidery as shown in the picture below.
Topstitch the binding.
The cover is ready. Here is a picture of the cover with the Kindle 2 inside it.
We also have instructions on how to make a Quilted Kindle 3 Cover with Embroidery (shown on the left)