Wednesday, 2 November 2011

kindle case

I am a compulsive reader and member of a book club. So I have participated in quite a few Kindle debates. I hear that they are great for reading whilst travelling/in a queue/on the beach/in a shed/breastfeeding/breastfeeding in a shed, but I am still not convinced. 

You see, I love books. I love paper, spines, smells, bookmarks,  cover artwork and all that good stuff.  

But I do understand the arguments of the people who love them. I am a fully paid up member of the digital world after all.

One of these people is my dear sister-in-law, who asked me to make a cover for her beloved Kindle. One that would also hold her charger and keep it all safe from the bottom of her handbag. I know how dangerous those places can be.

She liked the laptop case I made so we talked it through and this is what I came up with.

I made the cover using scraps leftover from this quilt and a piece of felt to strengthen it in the middle.

I made it up as I went along but the design was a cross between the laptop case and the book roll I made back in October.

In terms of process, I sewed the strips right side to the felt along one side, and then opened the flap so it was the right way round, like this:

And this:

A bit fiddly, but it worked well. I bound all the edges with shop-bought bias binding, and a lot of strategically placed velcro.

This case will be winging it's way to France where the Kindle lives so I sadly don't have a photo of it in action. But I hope they will all be very happy together. 

Me, I'm building more bookshelves.

Stop press! A communiqué from France containing photos of the Kindle case in use:

Merci Réjane!


  1. Gorgeous Kindle cover Mim, but I'm afraid I'm with you on this one. Hurrah for bookshelves, bookshops and musty old first editions. Your old fashioned yet somehow digitized friend in Brooklyn. x

  2. Yay to the Kindle! I don't see you making beautiful cases for all your books... xxxx

  3. I have more books than a library and a Kindle, they're not mutually exclusive. I've decided to buy all my really big books for the Kindle.


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