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kindle cover :: 2024 update

kindle cover :: 2024 update

Back in 2012, in the lead up to our second quilt camp, I was in full gifty stalker mode and very subtlely slipped into the chat. “Hey Kylie,” I asked, “do you have a kindle? I’m thinking of getting one…”. It wasn’t a total lie, I had kind of thought about the idea of one for a while; I had spent a good chunk of the previous six years reading on my phone. I read on my phone as I sat on the floor patting a tired-but-determindely-awake toddler to sleep. I read on my phone as I sat in the doctors waiting room for yet another appointment. I read on my phone as I fed the baby at 2am and I read on my phone as I paced the hallway, rocking said baby at 4.30am, trying to convince her to bless us with just another hour please god just one more that’s all I ask…

It took until 2018, though, for me to actually go ahead and get one. The phone worked, after all, and my iPad, and there was the kindle app; did I really need yet another gadget? But there was a sale and I was in a mood and decided I needed a li’l treatie to get me out of said mood, so I took the plunge. It was love at first read; not only was it perfect for travelling and moving between home and what was then our weekender (now our full-time home), but I had a whole shop right there on my screen if I was bored with all the books I hadn’t started and wanted something different instead. With just a tap and a swipe, it was bumped up to one of the top positions on my “favourite toys” ranking list*.

Of course, a new toy is an excellent excuse for a new project – screens need covers, do they not? I made myself a cover, not realising that I was using the very same fabric I had used for Kylie’s gift cover. For six years, that little yellow cover has protected my kindle from the worst of the knocks and scrapes I could throw at it. Later that year, for his 12th birthday, we gave Bear a kindle of his own, and a mummy made cover, starting a new tradition for the kiddos. 12 is almost teen, it’s the cusp of Big Kidhood, and a kindle would be the perfect not-grown-but-not-small present to mark that transition. When it was Boy2’s turn, though, we didn’t get him a kindle; he’s dyslexic so instead we got him wifi headphones and an audible subscription. Butterfly’s turn came around soon enough, and I duly ordered the kindle and got to work on a cute cover inspired by her love of Harry Potter. Guess which goose didn’t check the specs, and realised the second she went to put the cover on, that the new paper white was a slightly different size to the old paper white?

With three kiddos sorted, we were left with only Beetle without a kindle or device. Instead, he decided he could just read on mine, when I wasn’t using it. Which morphed into me reading on my kindle when he wasn’t using it. Which turned into him buying a kindle unlimited subscription and it was his kindle when it had battery and mine when it didn’t. Which came to a head when he named the darn thing and maybe daddy should buy me my own kindle for mother’s day so I could stop hassling him to borrow Celine. And so, because babies in large families know their true place and power, we did as he said, and I was sent to Amazon to pick a kindle and order it to be sent to the office, so that it came linked to my account.

To be honest, it wasn’t the worst thing to happen? My original kindle has a couple of minor knocks on the screen which have created hot pixels, and I may or may not have used it as an excuse to upgrade to the signature edition** with auto dimming and also the waterproofing; after four years of camp showers, there’s nothing I enjoy more for a little self care than a long hot bath with a good book. Which is fine, if you aren’t a total klutz like me. I haven’t yet dropped a kindle into the bath, but it is just a matter of time, I’m sure.

And so we come full circle. A new kindle needs a new cover. I wasn’t thrilled with the way Madame Butterfly’s cover sits on the narrower frame, so for mine, I sketched up a sleeve style cover+holder. A week or two ago, the kiddos disappeared for the weekend on a road trip with my folks, and it was the perfect opportunity to pull out my signature echino+denim combo and get to work.

TUTORIAL

CUTTING LIST

Outer
2x 6″x7.5″ (if you are using directional fabric, 6″ is the width across, 7.5″ is the height”)
1x 6×1″ – bottom strip
ALTERNATELY – 1x 6″x7.5″ +1x 6″x8″
2x 1.75″ squares – triangle holders
1x 6×2.5″ – base holder

Lining
1x 6″x14.5″

Interfacing
2x 1.5″ squares – triangle holders
1x 6″x2″ – base holder

Batting
5″X14″

METHOD

Iron interfacing to wrong side of triangle holders and base holder. The interfacing will be slightly smaller than the fabric, to reduce bulk in the seams.

Press both triangles and base holder in half. Set aside.

Pin/baste batting to wrong side of lining. Lightly quilt in desired pattern – I did an on-point grid with lines spaced at 1.5″. When quilting a single layer of fabric with batting, I prefer to work with the batting on top.

To assemble the outer, lay one of the 6×7.5″ rectangles right side up on your work surface. Take the base holder, and align the raw edges with the short edge of the rectangle. If you are dealing with directional fabric, you want to align the base holder with the bottom edge of the rectangle. Take the 6×1″ bottom piece (or the single 6×8″ alternate piece), and place it right side down and align raw edges to sandwich the base holder. I recommend using quilters clips to hold these layers together rather than pins. Sew across the raw edges with a 1/4″ seam. Press open and flat, then fold wrong sides together and press along the folded seam.

If using the alternative cut, skip this step and move onto triangles. If you are using the bottom strip method, sew the remaining raw edge of the bottom to the short edge of the remaining outer rectangle, right sides together.

Place your outer on your work surface, right side up. Working on the same half of the outer as the base holder, pin/clip the triangles to the top corners, aligning raw edges. Baste in place with a 1/8″ seam and larger stitch length. Make sure you are only sewing through one layer of the main outer not both.

Place outer right side up on work surface, and then lining right side down. Align one short edge and pin, and then the other. NOTE: the lining is slightly shorter than the outer, to allow for the batting.

Sew both short edges with a 1/4″ seam. Turn right side out, and press folded seams.

Turn inside out again, and align long edges, ensuring short seams line up. Pin a section of the lining to indicate a section to leave open, and sew long edges, ensuring you leave the turning opening. I like to start from the centre and sew down to the fold to ensure a neat match. Snip corners, taking care to not snip the seam.

Turn right side out through the gap, and top stitch closed. Press top seam again, and top stitch across the back, and between the triangles to finish.

It’s such a cute little sleeve! I’m so happy with how it turned out, and if I wasn’t stopping to take photos every step of the way, it would have taken me less than an hour to knock out. The only problem now is I’m second guessing the patchwork linen and wondering if I should have gone with a typewrite linen to match my iPad and laptop?


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