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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Etceteras: kindle cover

Old Book Kindle Cover
I featured a few Kindle covers in recent posts because I’ve been on the hunt for a diy cover for my new Kindle. 


Old Book Kindle Cover
Most of the covers that I’ve seen required sewing and I wasn’t sure I could pull that off. I decided to try a no-sew book style cover instead. 


Old Book Kindle Cover
Here's what I came up with. The inspiration for my Kindle cover came from a book upcycle project that Rook No. 17 shared. 


Old Book Kindle Cover
Here’s how I made my Kindle cover:
  1. Start with an old book.
  2. Cut out the book pages with an X-acto knife and trim the ragged edges.
  3. Cut a piece of fabric larger than your book cover.
  4. Use spray mount to adhere the fabric to the book cover and wrap the fabric edges to the inside. Cut the corners so that they are mitered.
  5. Cut pieces of felt to pad the inside and cover the raw fabric edges. Use spray mount to adhere the felt to the inside.
  6. Create a book spine using a piece of ribbon or coordinating piece of fabric. Again use spray mount to adhere the ribbon to the spine. You can use craft glue to reinforce the edges of the ribbon where they meet.

Old Book Kindle Cover
Once the book cover is dry, add a button and piece of elastic to create a closure. I used a vintage wood button and you guessed it, a pony tail holder. To secure the button and elastic, I used E-6000 glue and let it dry overnight.


Old Book Kindle Cover
The Kindle fits perfectly inside the book cover but I realized it could still slip out of the bottom.


Old Book Kindle Cover
I added another piece of elastic – and yes, it’s one of those elastic headbands. 


Old Book Kindle Cover


Old Book Kindle Cover
I’m thrilled with my new Kindle cover. It will protect the device and when I’m not using it I can put it up on the bookshelf.

Thank you for visiting.

Carolyn



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36 comments:

  1. that is brilliant! I don't have a Kindle yet, but if I did, I'd want it to look like that :) Great choice of fabric too!

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  2. THANK YOU! I've been agonizing (ridiculous, really) over the cost of buying one prefab, especially since I haven't seen one I like. This is brilliant. :)

    -Mrs. G

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  3. Love this!! Looks amazing! Your details are incredible! :)

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  4. Super idea! Love the look and that you could personalize it too! I would to have you share your project(s) at my party...going on now!

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  5. Wonderful idea and I love your choice of fabric. Thanks for sharing at this week's party.

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  6. Carolyn, I'm so making this!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!

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  7. I'd love to see how you attached the elastic to the cover. Much cuter than the covers you can buy in the store :)

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  8. I bought the boring black one. I might try mod podge fabric on it or just trash it and do the book thing.

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  9. Cool. Pinned it. Wanna make one. Now.

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  10. I am soooooo making this also. I have been needing a cover for my Kindle ever since I got it 3 years ago. But just did not have the money to buy one. I do have a book that I can use to do this with and I am going now to get it.

    Thank you for the idea.

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  11. Wow!!! Very nice idea.....Totally unique....Would surely do this....

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  12. Oh love it! Don't have a kindle, but this seems like it's so better than the soft covers! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday. I've always wanted to make a pocketbook from a book cover....!

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  13. This is really cute and looks super easy!

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  14. Love this -- especially being able to store it on the bookshelf! Mine is always laying around in the way! I would love it if you would link up with Busy Monday (through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better

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  15. one problem, it doesn't hold/protect it while in use. I love that it is a solid/hard cover, but I need something that will hold it in use. Maybe adding some elastic corners on the inside would help? IDK

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  16. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!! TWICE!
    - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  17. I need to make one for my hubby (I do not have a kindle yet!) As always a beautiful project. Featuring it on Tickled Pink!

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  18. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

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  19. Carolyn, your Kindle covers turned out so wonderfully! I love the fabric and the ribbon binding. Thank you so much for the shout-out too -- it's brought a lot of traffic my way.

    As always, I admire your talent as well as your generosity!

    Your friend,
    Jenn

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  20. What a brillant idea! I am all over making a few of these for birthday gifts! I featured you today on Sew Woodsy!

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  21. This is adorable!! I'm filing this idea away for gifts I'd like to make!

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  22. This is awesome! I am pinning this for when I need to make it for someone with a kindle. :)

    I would love for you to link up and share- http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-party-week-28.html

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  23. I love this! I am going to try it with an Ipad.

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  24. I made one for my Nook, and used a few pieces of velcro to attach the back of the Nook to the felt, that way it will stay inside the book, even when open!

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    1. That is the idea that I was looking for to sell me on this idea!!! She has a wonderful idea and you tweeked it in just the way that I needed! Thanks!

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  25. This is FABULOUS!!! Thank you so much for sharing the 'how-to'

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  26. Great Idea! This would probably work for an iPad or any other tablets!

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  27. Great idea! Love the irony :) I linked to this on the tutorial page of my blog. Thanks for posting!

    Yvette
    www.yvette-keeping-it-real.blogspot.com

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  28. I made my own kindle cover but I used velcro dots on the inside attached to my kindle and then to the cover. Works like a charm!
    If you want some free kindle books there are 2 websites I use weekly. www.thevesselproject.com & www.inspiredreads.com
    Happy Reading
    Diane

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  29. Oh this is brilliant thanks for linking up at Miss Information

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  30. At the top of my list of things to do! I'm going to make it for my iPad LOVE it! Laura from Real Momma stopping by to say thanks for linking up in the Best of Your Best Blog Hop!

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  31. AMAZING idea! Cannot wait to do this

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  32. GENIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ME PARECE UNA IDEA BUENISIMA.
    SALUDITOS

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