One Hybrid Kindle Cover (aka “Why I Baste Things and Keep My Seam Ripper Handy”)


My trusty Kindle developed a flaw in the power port and suddenly, to my great despair, the poor thing wouldn’t charge. Well, I called the nice people at Amazon who sent me a new charger but that didn’t fix it. Since it was out of warranty, they offered me a very nice price on a replacement so I decided to upgrade to an HD model. Then, it turned out to be a very small amount extra to upgrade to the new 8.9″ tablet model so there I went. The real downside of all this (other than the fact that they STILL haven’t gotten my Kindle email re-assigned to my new Kindle) is that it meant I needed a new cover. We tried a couple out at the store and didn’t like what they had so I decided to make another one in the new size.
While trying to find the tutorial I used before, I ran across another one I liked but I decided to mix it together with some of the features I liked in my original cover. Now, please know that ALL the credit for this cover goes to the lovely people at Clover & Violet and Whipstitch who did all the heavy lifting. I just used their combined ideas to make my cover. (Since these are their designs, not mine, you’ll have to head to their sites for things like measurements, etc.)


I started by using Clover & Violet’s dimensions, adding a bit extra for quilting and then trimming down to size.


Then I cut my first pocket/Kindle holder pieces with measurements from C & V and corners from Whipstitch.  I decided that since this Kindle was bigger, I should just fold the corners in half and top stitch them.


Then I sized them on the Kindle and decided I should have done it the other way first!  However, I made it work by turning down and extra 1/4″ on each triangle. (Of course, I’d already basted them in place when I figured out they were too big so out came the seam ripper!  Luckily I use a big basting stitch.)  After modifying my  corners, I re-basted them and sewed the two halves of the pocket piece together (a la Whipstitch.)  I used a tailoring technique for facings called under-stitching to make sure the seam will pull to the underside and not roll back to the top.  That’s the line of top stitching near the seam.


Then I interfaced my other pocket for extra stability, added a piece of elastic for a closure (a la Whipstitch), basted the whole thing in place and realized that I basted onto the wrong piece!  (Another appearance of the trusty seam ripper.)


At that point, Gizmo was being unbearably cute so we had to stop for a cuddle break.


Next, I interfaced a piece of lining the same size as my quilted piece because I didn’t want to have to bind my piece (a la C & V) and instead planned on turning it like a pillow (a la Whipstitch.)    I attached my pocket pieces to the lining the way they should have been the first time (again, very big basting stitches are a good thing) and basted them in place.  I decided against using the elastic because my elastic was so old it had lost most of the stretch and opted for a tab closure (a la C & V.)


I put the two pieces right sides together and sewed carefully through all the layers (at the point I was totally over the whole seam ripper thing!)  I turned all the corners but left about six inches of one side open for turning.


I blunted the corners.  Then, after using my trusty chopstick to poke the corners out, I pressed like I was trying to really get my point across.


Once I was turned and pressed, I hand stitched the opening with a ladder stitch (best stitch ever for hiding the threads in a case like this, in my humble opinion.)


And, voila, one hybrid Kindle cover with the help of two awesome bloggers!  (This picture still has the pins in the area to be hand stitched.) A big thank you to Whipstitch and Clover & Violet for sharing their information.  I would have taken weeks (and much more seam ripper time) without their help.  If you haven’t been to their blogs, I encourage you to check them out…who knows, maybe you have a reader of your own just crying out for a custom cover?

One response to “One Hybrid Kindle Cover (aka “Why I Baste Things and Keep My Seam Ripper Handy”)

  1. Debby Polhill

    Very timely. I’ve been looking for a kindle cover idea for days. This looks great and I’m going to try it!

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