Kindle cover tutorial

I received a Kindle Fire from my husband at Christmas, and I just finished making a holder/cover for it. I take the Kindle with me most of the time when I go out (I have lists on it, and it’s nice to be able to pull it out in situations where I’m waiting around.), and I had been just tossing it in wrapped up in a cloth. This cover is a much better solution.

The following is a tutorial for making a cover for a Kindle, or any e-reader.

Make the pattern

First, trace around your e-reader. Then, measure the thickness of your e-reader. To the right of your traced e-reader outline, add a section equal to the thickness of your e-reader plus another section the size of your e-reader.

Add half of the thickness of your e-reader plus seam allowances all the way around.

Trace around your e-reader again, and add half the thickness plus the seam allowances all the way around. Mark around the edge of your square where the screen starts, and use this to draw a smaller rectangle within your rectangle. Add seam allowances. Draw a diagonal line from the bottom left outside corner to the bottom left inside corner, and so on around the rectangle. Cut the inner rectangle out, cut the remaining rectangle frame apart at the diagonal lines, trace each piece and add seam allowances to each diagonal edge. These pieces will form the frame to hold the e-reader in place.

Trace the e-reader one last time and add the seam allowances to all sides. This will be the pattern for the sleeve pocket.

For the patch pockets, figure out how big you want your pockets to be (ensuring they will fit within the finished rectangle size), and create a pattern with small seam allowances to fold and press under before you top-stitch the pockets to the sleeve pocket. If you would like a tab over one of the pockets, decide how big of a flap you want and how much you would like it to angle in at the sides, and use the measurement of your patch pocket to create a flap. For a nicer look, you should cut two of this piece for each flap you plan to make.

Cut everything out

Now use your pattern pieces to cut out your material.

Then, cut out interfacing for every piece.

Fuse the interfacing to all of your pieces first.

Also, get your button ready, and cut out and sew a rectangular piece for the button loop.

Sew the pockets

First, sew the pieces of your sleeve pocket on one long side, right sides together.

Remember to trim your seam allowances down with pinking shears and press every seam to the sides and open. This will give you the cleanest lines, and save you the headache of sewing with more bulk than necessary.

Press the edges of your patch pockets under all the way around (turn under twice at the top), pin the pockets on one side of the sleeve pocket, and sew along the edge of the pockets. Make sure they are lined up so that the top of each pocket faces what will be the top of the cover.

Sew the tab, turn it right sides out, press the top edges under to the inside of the two pieces, and sew the opening closed at the edge.

Sew the tab to the sleeve pocket.

Fold the sleeve pocket together, wrong sides together, and baste around the other edges of the sleeve pocket.

Sew the frame

Sew two rectangles together by stitching the long pieces and short pieces together at the diagonal edges. Trim and press the seams.

Pin the two rectangles right sides together around the and sew around the center opening. Trim the seam allowances and pull one side of the frame through the center until the wrong sides are together.

Press the frame.

Find the side marked with the opening for the power cord (the bottom of the frame), and turn the edges to the left under and inside.

Stitch the opening together along the edge.

Baste around the other outside edges of the frame, leaving an opening where marked (The edges of the opening will be turned in and hand stitched later).

prepare the shell pieces

On the outside shell piece, sew the button loop to one long side, with the loop facing in.

Then, sew the button in the same spot on the opposite side, Be sure to sew the button on so the button edge closest to the edge of the shell piece is at least 1/2″ from the seam line.

Pin the backside of the sleeve pocket to the fabric side of the inside shell piece on the left. Pin the frame to the opposite side, making sure that the opening for the power cord is on the bottom.

Sew everything together

Baste along the outside edge, starting and ending at the spots marked for the power cord opening.

Pin the outside shell piece to the inside shell piece, right sides together, ensuring that your button and button loop are on the proper sides.

Sew around the outside edge, starting and ending at the power cord opening.

Trim the seam allowances and pull everything right side out.

Finish, press and enjoy

Once you’ve turned the cover right side out, you’ll want to press the cover first. The picture below shows how wrinkled and deformed it will be. Yuck!

Then,  hand stitch the frame together at the opening, and  hand stitch the inner and outer shell of the cover together, leaving an opening to access the power button, headphone jack and spot for the plug.

Slip your e-reader in the frame.

Use your patch pockets for gift cards, library cards, etc.

Store extra screen protectors, or whatever else your heart desires, in the sleeve pocket.

Feel free to plug your device in while it’s in the cover, power it on and off, or plug some headphones in.

Get to reading, or whatever else you do on your e-reader!


  1. GA

    February 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Oh, my goodness child!!! Wish I had a kindle so I could try this but I don’t. Hey,
    your dad has one, you could make one of these for him. Don’t forget the lace!!!!!

    1. Becca

      February 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

      I’ll be sure to make a lacy one for my dad, with little bows on the outside. Haha! Doesn’t papa have an e-reader of some sort? Maybe you could make papa a “manly” one out of a lightweight leather or something. 🙂

  2. Korey

    February 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I love the color scheme on this, and the extra pocket. How have you been liking the machine itself? I don’t have an e-reader but I was thinking of maybe requesting this for a birthday gift because in addition to e-books it has internet connectivity and I like the thought of being to access the internet when out running errands/commuting etc.

    1. Becca

      February 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

      I absolutely love my Kindle. I have read more books in the past couple months than I have in the past couple years. I think that’s mostly due to the fact that I have it with me everywhere I go. So whenever I have any unexpected down time, I get to reading. There are so many other applications for it though. I have a nice calendar app, and a note taking app, and I can even edit documents. It is definitely nice to have the ability to access the internet. Mine is only Wi-Fi capable, it doesn’t have 3G capabilities. So, I have to be in a place where I can access a Wireless internet network.

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