Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sleek Case for A Kindle

In early spring I joined a book club of nerdy graduate students who get together to discuss smutty novels. Obviously, I needed a Kindle. The front page of Etsy around this time almost always featured a case for an ipad or e-reader, and I just couldn't believe how expensive they were. So, when JoAnn's had a sale on "Utility Fabrics" (a total misnomer!) I bought some very classy soft pleather and pulled some pretty turquose batik out of the stash to make this super cheap, super sleek case. The whole thing required four seams and a button-hole, and I love it. So simple I had to include a tutorial.

Step 1: Cut a 15" by 8" rectangle of pleather (outer) and a 16" by 9" rectangle of cotton.
Step 2: Fold in 1/2" around the outside of the cotton and press under so it doesn't show on the front. 
Step 3: Stack the cotton on top of the pleather (wrong sides together). They should be the same size (the image shows the brown just so you know it's there). Pin around the edge.

Step 4: Sew (pink dots represent stitches) across the bottom edge with a very tiny straight stitch about 1/4 inch from the edge. Then, fold up both layers about 5 1/5 inches from bottom edge. This will be size of your pocket. Carefully move any pins that might be "inside" the pocket to the outside.

Step 5: Sew across top edge and down each side. Reinforce side seams, especially at the top of the pocket.
Step 6: Add button hole in center of flap about 3/4" away from edge. Fold down flap and mark where the button should go in order to fit through the hole (should be about centered). Attach button by hand. Ta-dah. Now yet down with your nerdy self.

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