For Christmas, my sister and brother-in-law gave me a Kindle. It’s a very sleek eReader and I’ve been having a fun time playing around with it and downloading books off the Internet. While I was impressed with its capabilities – the ability to store more than 3,000 books (I don’t think I’ll get near that number) or that it has a battery life around a month – what really got me excited was the fact that I could now create some kind of holder for it…after all, it’s very cool design needs to be protected, right?!
I chose felt because it’s a durable fabric, it’s soft enough to provide padding for added protection and it doesn’t fray. I measured out the size, making sure to allow at least an extra 1/2 inch on each side for trimming later. The size I measured was 7.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall. For the strap, I measured 5 inches long by 2 inches wide. I layered three pieces of felt together and adhered them together using an iron-on adhesive (make sure to choose one that is also sewable.). I repeated this twice for the front and back panels and did the same thing for the strap.
After sewing a 1/4 inch border around the strap and trimming any excess felt, I sewed the strap onto the top of the back panel. If you decide to add any embellishment, the time is do it at this stage BEFORE you sew both panels together! In my case, I cut out two felt flowers and sewed a button in the middle and then onto the bottom corner of the front panel. Next, I sewed the front and back panels together. The key before sewing both sides together is to make sure that the Kindle fits nicely before completing the other side. After this, I sewed the bottom end.
For the finishing touches, I trimmed each side so that it was about 1/4 inch from the seam and sewed on snap buttons for the strap.
In addition to making this for an eReader, this would also be great for your cell phone or portable game device – all you would need to do differently is measure according to your device. The only complaint I got was from my husband who said that it’s too girly for him to be able to carry around so I’m going to have to make a “guy” version of it!