Friday, February 8, 2013

Kobo E-Reader Cover with SU! Fabric

Its Friday! Let's MAKE something!

I purchased a Kobo E-Reader just before Christmas and have been planning this project ever since.  There are definitely drawbacks to being a crafter - you always look at something from the perspective of  "I can make that!".  This is in most instances true...if you have the time to complete them all!  I found myself with a little extra "time" yesterday so I was finally able to check one more project off the list! 

I searched the internet for many ideas and meshed together a few of my favorites from what I found.  I wanted  to have something that held my device secure and looked unique at the same time.  Extra padding inside and the CUTEST  Stampin' Up! fabric gave me exactly what I wanted - which is a BONUS to being a crafter!  I've created a quick little tutorial below so you can make one too!  The pattern is super simple and can be customized to fit any electronic device once you measure and allow for the devices thickness.  Let's get started!


Floral District Fabric, Lining Fabric, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, 3" piece of 1/8" elastic, sewing thread, sewing scissors, sewing needle

 Begin by choosing fabric and cutting out the following pieces:
2 - lining fabric (choose a soft, batting type lining)
4 - cover fabric
2- ruffle fabric (approximately 4" and 4 1/2" wide x 18" long - the length should be the length of the device doubled)

To calculate the dimensions of the lining and cover fabric, measure the width of the device + the thickness of the device and add minimum 1".  Do the same for the length of the device.  The Kobo E-Reader measures 5" wide x 7 1/2" long and is 1/2" thick so I cut my pieces to 7" wide x 9 1/2" long.

Sew ruffled pieces right side together on 3 sides.  Do this for both pieces; turn pieces right side out.

Sew a straight stitch down the center of each ruffle.  Gently pull on the bobbin thread to gather the ruffles.  Take care to not break the thread when pulling.  Once each strip has been gathered layer the smaller ruffle on top of the larger ruffle.  Sew to the center of one of the pieces of cover fabric and set aside.

Layer 1 piece of batting and 2 pieces of cover fabric; right sides together.  Sew along 3 edges, with an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.

This is what the back cover looks like sewn up and turned right side out.

Repeat the same process with the front cover with one addition.  Make a small loop of 1/8" elastic approximately 3" long.  Sandwich between the two pieces of cover fabric, centering the loop on the ruffle.  Make sure the loop is inside and the edges of the elastic line up with the edges of the fabric!  Trust me on this one - I pulled it apart twice till I figured it out!  Serious DUH! moment...LOL

This is what your front cover sandwich should look like (I haven't added the elastic yet in this picture).  Sew along the top edge to grab the elastic and along the 2 sides.

 After turning the front cover right side out, lay right sides together.  Be sure to match up finished edges at the top of the cover and the open seam edges at the bottom.  Sew along the sides and open bottom edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Turn right side out.  Viola!!  Your very own, customized cover!

To finish the cover, add a Vintage Faceted button on the back of the cover with a needle and thread.  When closed, the device is now secure and won't have a chance to slide out of its cover!

Hope you enjoyed this one!  If you have any questions where maybe my instructions were unclear, please feel free to message me or comment and I'll try my best to help!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Until next time...
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great project. I'm going to bookmark this - It is one of the projects on my list too! Thanks for sharing.

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