Monday, October 7, 2013

A Novel Kindle Cover

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I had what I thought was a flash of genius the other day.  I haven’t bothered to research this project to see if it has been done before {it probably has}.  My husband has informed me “they” already make these.  Can I tell you, he is a joy to create around. I already made a Kindle cover/sleeve here and I love it. 

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I was thinking of something a little different for this one though and started playing around with some things I had at home.  An old book ~ maybe one you’ve found at a yard sale or estate sale, preferably one that is falling apart; some quilted fabric or fabric that you can sandwich some batting between.  Other options could be a potholder, old quilt, anything like that.  You’ll also need a button or something to use as a closure.

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I started out with this old book I got at a yard sale and I cut the book part out.  I am not suggesting you cut a perfectly good book out of its cover; there are plenty of books out there just falling apart and this is a good way to give them a new life.  I am saving the book itself to use with others like it for book bundles.

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I chose this wallpaper sample called La Belle Maison that Brewster Home Fashions sent me because I also have a toile fabric that will go close enough with it for the inside.  I Mod Podged the paper to the outside of the book.

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While that dried I got my fabric and batting together and, using the measurements of my Kindle and the inside area, cut it out and sewed it together.  I used the toile on the side that you will see and a scrap of Osnaberg fabric for the interior.  I used hot glue to adhere it to the inside back cover.

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For the other side, I made a second, smaller piece into a pocket to hold a pen/pencil and a small pad of paper. 

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This is for when you finish the book on your Kindle and all those recommendations pop up.  If I like a book that may be a new to me author, I like to write down their name if I have enjoyed the book.  I figured this would be convenient to do that and, plus, I felt something needed to be on the other side. 

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Once I had the inside assembled I needed to add something that could work as a closure for it.  I decided to use this pretty heart shaped button.

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On the back another simpler button actually has the elastic tied into the holes and is hot glued in place.

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All set and ready to go!  I think these would make great gift ideas, too.

17 comments:

Betty W said...

I love what you did. It looks so pretty. Now I wished I had a kindle.

stefanie said...

sooo pretty!

Okio B Designs said...

Very pretty and a neat idea to boot! I don't have a Kindle or iPad but eventually we'll get one or the other, and I'll need you to make one for me. ;)

Jeanine

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

It turned out great, Kathy! I'm glad to read in the comments that I'm not the only old-fashioned girl who doesn't have one of those electronic devices, lol. If I ever get one, it will for sure get a pretty cover.

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

This is beautiful, Kathy. I love toile and I love my kindle. :)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love it!!! I love toile! And you did not spend 35 to 60 dollars!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

I love it! What a great idea.

missy said...

Yup.."They" do make them but they don't look like yours..Very pretty Kathy..

The Bluestocking Belle said...

Holy cow! I love these! Knocks my sock off, and they are WAY better than my generic Kindle cover.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

This is so pretty! I love your idea. I haven't seen pretty covers like yours- the book is such a clever idea!

Celestina Marie said...

What a great idea and so creative Kathy. My Kindle has a leather generic cover. Your creation is so much nicer and decorative.
Love it!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That's pretty! Love the toile!

Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

I love this! You are brilliant! How have you been?

20 North Ora said...

What a great idea using the old book for backing. Your cover turned out really cute. I love toile!!

Judy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Great idea Kathy! and it is kind of like reading a book lol!

You commented on the blender pen, I find I have to go over the graphics a couple times to get a good solid graphic. If you have a blender pen, email me and I will tell you what it is filled with so you can fill it over and over again for pennies. I don't want to say anything on my blog since I don't want to get sued lol

Carol

Maria Elena said...

What a beautiful idea! Love the cover!

Debbiedoos said...

Those are awesome Kathy! Very pretty.

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