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Quilted Kindle 3 Cover with Embroidery

Kindles, iPads, Nooks and other e-readers are getting more and more popular. A quilted home-made cover gives a much more personal touch than any store-bough one, it's fun to do and looks beautiful. It's a great gift for any friends or family members that have one of these gadgets... or for yourself!

For the cover we chose the embroidery design of Imperial Crown Fritillaria by Van Gogh.

The finished size of the cover is about 6" x 9" (closed). It was made to fit a Kindle 3. You will have to adjust the size to fit other devices.

You will need:

  • about 1/2" yard of patterned fabric for the top of the cover, lining and the binding. We used batik which complements the colors of the embroidery.
  • low-loft dense batting (preferably polyester craft felt)
  • thick stabilizer or intefacing such as Pellon Peltex-70 or 71
  • small piece of Velcro tape
  • about 1/2 yard of black elastic band.
For embroidery, we used a piece of light-colored cotton fabric, medium-weight cut-away iron-on stabilizer, and embroidery threads.


Stabilize the light-colored fabric with medium-weight cut-away iron-on stabilizer and make the embroidery.

Cut away the excess stabilizer.
Trim the fabric around the embroidery leaving 1" on each side.

Assembly of the Top:

Out of fabric for the top, cut 2 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 6" and sew them to the lower and upper edges of the embroidery.

Out of fabric for the top, cut 1 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" and sew it to the right edge of the embroidery.

Out of fabric for the top, cut 1 rectangle measuring 7" x 9 1/2". Sew it to the left edge of the working piece.


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 long sides should be 12" and the short sides 9"; all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finishing Up

Cut a piece of Velcro tape about 1 1/2" long. Sew one half of the tape to the cover on the left side - about 3/8"- 1/2" from the edge of the cover, and about 4" from the upper and the lower edges.

Out of fabric for the lining cut 2 pieces measuring 7" x 9" each.

Out of Pellon Peltex-70 (or 71) intefacing cut 2 pieces measuring 5 1/2" x 9" each.

Position the fabric pieces on the pieces of interfacing. Align 3 edges. Fold the fourth edge over the interfacing. Press. For the left panel fold the right edge, for the right panel, fold the left edge.

Quilt the pieces with several straight lines to fasten the fabric and the intefacing.

Out of elastic band, cut 2 pieces, each one 4" long and 1 piece 6" long. Pin the 4" long pieces across the lower corners. Pin the 6" long piece 1 1/2" from the top, 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 5 1/2" x 9" pieces over the lining - the piece without the elastic bands goes over the side with the embroidery, and the piece with the bands goes on the end without embroidery. The finished edge of each piece should be on the inside. Pin the parts together.

Topstitch 1/4" from the edge, along all edges.

To make the clasp, out of Pellon Peltex, cut a strip measuring 1" x 3 1/2" and out of fabric a strip measuring 3" x 4".

Fold one of the 3" long edges 1/4" back and press. Then fold one of the 4" long edges back and press.

Place the Pellon Peltex strip in the center of the fabric piece and fold the fabric edges over the stabilizer. Please note that the finished edge should cover the raw edge. Topstitch the piece several times.

Sew the second half of the Velcro tape to the short finished edge of the strip.

Out of fabric for the top, cut the binding 2 1/2" wide and about 50" long.

Fold the strip lengthwise and press.

Pin the binding to the inner side of the cover. Machine-stitch 1/4" from the edge.

Press the binding and fold it on the face side of the cover and pin. Insert the clasp strip under the binding on the end with embroidery as shown in the picture below.

Topstitch the binding.

The cover is ready. Here is a picture of the face of the cover unfolded.

This is what the cover looks like from the back side when folded.

This is the picture of the cover with the Kindle 3 inside it.

Happy Stitching!

We also have instructions on how to make a Quilted Kindle 2 Cover with Embroidery (shown on the right)

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