Pretty, isn’t it? It wasn’t very hard to make: all it takes is some basic skills most of us learned in Kindergarten.
There is NO sewing required. Don’t get me wrong, I love to sew; over the years I’ve acquired several vintage Singers dating from 1916 through to 1962, though my favorite is a 1930 Model 101, which I’ve used to sew everything from clothing to upholstery and boat canvas. But I know not everyone has access to sewing machines and I wanted to keep this a strictly scissors and glue kitchen table project.
Step 1: All the Components You Will Need:
2. One Poly (plastic) 2 Pocket folder: $1.99
3. One paper folder: $0.25
4. One sheet of ‘Foamy’ craft foam: $0.99
5. Four Command adhesive strips: $0.76 (out of a 16 pack)
6. One adequate size scrap of pretty fabric from the remnant bin: $0.99
7. Pencil, Scissors, Wax paper: (surely you have these around the house!)
8. One small piece of medium sandpaper: (I have much of this around my house)
9. One cup containing the hot caffeine beverage of your choice: Vital
10. One feline supervisor: Costly though not essential – likely to interfere at wrong times
11. A clean kitchen table: Priceless
While I am aware this collection of materials visually clash, in the end the only parts you’ll see will be one side of the poly folder and the fabric of your choosing. So long as you can fold the fabric over your Kindle with an inch border on the top, bottom and side, it’s big enough.
You could use any fabric from a pretty remnant to some faded denim cut from an old pair of jeans. Everything else shown here is structural and won’t show once the cover is completed. I recommend you read through all steps first before starting.
Note: I don’t specify any measurements because your Kindle may be a different model than mine, but the same process applies no matter the size. I could probably just trace the old one, but for demo purposes I’ll start fresh.
Step 2: Tracing Time...
Got everything together? Great. To begin, place the Kindle along the folded edge of the folder. Trace around your Kindle with the pencil onto both folders. On the paper folder trace wide and on the poly folder keep the line closer to the actual edge of the Kindle.
The goal is for the paper folder to be slightly larger than the poly one. For demo purposes you can see on the paper folder how I’ve outlined the Kindle. On the poly folder I lined the Kindle with the upper edge; it’s one less side to cut. On the outer corners I like to round the curve, but leave it straight along the crease of the folder. However you approach it, be sure to ADD ½ INCH TO ALL OUTER EDGES to allow for the thickness of your Kindle. Once you cut each folder out you’ll have two kindle sized folders, and again, the paper one should be the slightest bit larger than the poly one. The Kindle should fit inside with a nice edge around the outside to protect it. Take the poly folder and trace it 2 times onto the foamy. Cut that out as well.
Step 3: Sandpaper...
The reason for this step is that rubber cement does not adhere well to smooth plastic. Once sanded, the rubber cement will stick like…well, you know. Do this over a cutting board or work bench, not your 70 year old kitchen table, then wipe everything clean.
Step 4: RUBBER CEMENT TIME...
Warning #2: Work in a well ventilated space. One whiff of rubber cement takes me right back to grammar school art class where we were all given little brown tubs of it for projects. But that familiar, flashback-invoking odor is not something you should breathe too much. Perhaps excessive rubber cement exposure explains why I was rotten in math class. Rubber cement is also fairly flammable, so use proper precautions.
So, do you remember how this stuff works? It’s messy, slimy, looks like snot, (both when wet AND dry.) Once it dries it sticks to anything else coated with dry rubber cement. The bond will be flexible and won’t become brittle. Start by coating the paper folder and foamy… those will get coated on BOTH sides, but DON’T let any pieces touch each other.
Is your tea getting cold? Stop and take a sip, then get ready; for the next step you’ll need to work fast. Have your piece of fabric close by and ready. No, I hadn’t told you to cut it, not yet; it should be at least 1 inch larger than the open folder on all sides. Coat the sanded side of the poly folder and don’t worry if any gets on the other side, it’ll peel right off. Make sure there’s LOTS of wet rubber cement on the poly, lay it on thick then QUICKLY grab your fabric and lay it WRONG SIDE DOWN onto the still wet rubber cement and press it down. Don’t worry if the rubber cement bleeds through; it’ll dry clear. Now check everything over. You may want to re-coat areas that seem too thin.
Step 5: CONSTRUCTION...
Lay both pieces of foamy to the outer edges of the paper folder as shown. You want a gap in the center to allow for backwards folding. Lay the paper over a sheet of clean wax paper and fold it closed, foam side out, taking care not to let the inner glue-covered sides touch.