Monday, January 31, 2011

Excellent tutorial to make a kindle cover from Chica and Jo

My mother bought a Kindle for my 13 year old son for Christmas. She mentioned that I should get a cover for it, as teenagers are not known for being exceedingly careful with things with a delicate screen. It turns out, a decent Kindle cover is not cheap!

While killing some time browsing around the internet, I came upon a tutorial for the absolute coolest Kindle cover ever at a super-fun blog called Chica And Jo!
 You can find the tutorial HERE.

It not only protects the device, it can be folded up in such a way that it works as a stand for the Kindle.. So you can read it hands-free. And most exciting of all, the directions looked pretty simple. I am about as far from a seamstress as they come! In school, I always got a "needs improvement" on my report card for "listens and follows directions," and as an adult with a sewing pattern, I haven't gotten much better.

My first attempt was not so good. I made it way too skinny to fit the Kindle inside. I had to start over from scratch, being sure to cut to the correct measurements and being extra sure to use the correct seam allowance. The pattern does not allow for much leeway in the seam allowance department-- just a touch too big on the seam allowance and that Kindle is not going in there!

My second attempt turned out very nice, and became my son's Kindle cover. He was thrilled, and I was very pleased with myself. So then I made one for my horse-loving mother, in horse print fabric. It's fun, it's easy (after you do it once), and very functional. I swear if I knew anyone else close to me that had a Kindle I'd be making more!

Without further ado, here are pictures of my finished covers:

If you make one, I'd love to see it.


  1. looks great, but I have to get a kindle first :P

  2. Ooh fun! I'll have to remember boyfriend wants a kindle for his birthday and this would be a great accessory gift!

  3. I like this one, it's a sensible way to prop it up.

  4. I can't wait to try this! I adore my Kindle.

  5. Very nice. You did a great job. I got a Kinlde for Christmas too (I love it) and the first thing I did was crochet a case for it. The case you made is a much better option for a 13 year old boy.

  6. Thanks! Mary Ann, I had to think carefully about the fabric for his because if it looked the slightest bit "girly" or baby-ish he would've said thank you and then quietly rejected it! Boys!

  7. Love it! Very nice...
    I will have to figure how to make one for my iPad. It has a cover, but with bringing. It to the beach, can use as much protection as I can get....
    Glad y find me... Xo

  8. Honkus...1st, I'm enjoying your blog immensely! Had to stop to comment on this one...KINDLE COVERS!! YAY!! What a great idea...I also love you jewelry and your spark of creativity...if I sit next to you, would it rub off on me? LOL! I so enjoy our blogging relationship! :)

  9. Aww,thank you, Kitty! I always enjoy your updates.. Anxiously awaiting pics of the completed RV! If some of my creativity were to rub off on you via close proximity, I just better "catch" some of your spontaneity and sense of adventure, too!