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Kindle sporran?  Isn't that something you get at the drugstore that comes in a tube?    

Actually, a sporran is like a little packet that can be threaded onto a belt.  It's typically worn by men who wear kilts because kilts don't have pockets.  This is a variation on that idea which will allow me to carry my Kindle around hands free.

I've been thinking about making this ever since I discovered coursera.  I enjoy listening to the lectures while I'm doing other things, but without this I would otherwise have to devote an extra hand to holding the tablet.
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Step 1: Materials

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small amount of fabric
sewing machine
two 5 inch lengths of thin wire

Step 2: Trace

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Using the chalk, trace around the kindle as indicated.  

I'm using a 1/4" seam allowance - which is about the diameter of my chalk line.

Trace around it once, then flip it over and trace again as shown - like a book cover.

Rough in an 1-1/4" margin around one side to be the window opening.

Trace out an extra little square to be the pocket to keep the headphones in.

Cut two additional rectangles of fabric approximately 2 inches wide by 6 inches long - to be the belt straps.

Step 3: Cut the window out

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Fold the main piece in half as shown and sketch in the seams for the window as shown.

Cut out the center rectangle and cut the darts in the window seam allowances.

Step 4: Flatten the window edges

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Fold down the window edges and iron them flat

Step 5: Top stitch window frame

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Step 6: Create an envelope

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Sew around two sides - leaving an opening for the kindle to slide in.

If you need to, hem the open edge.

Invert it and see if the Kindle will fit.

My fabric wasn't stiff enough on it's own to hold it's shape, so I'm going to insert a bit of wire into the long window edges.

clupoli8 months ago
Also... Corset boning will "spring back" unlike a wire hanger.
clupoli8 months ago
Another useful way to stiffen the front would be to use good iron-on interfacing or use corset boning the same basic way you would the wire hanger or skewer. A skewer might break too easily.
DragonDon1 year ago
I was wondering how this would be useful then I saw the lat pic....oooh....while you are working....definitely useful if you are no where near a power outlet to consult digital plans. Nice.
foobear (author)  DragonDon1 year ago
Glad you like it!
bob30301 year ago
Great instructable. I always like seeing projects where sewing is used. I think those early guys/gals with a needle (awl) and thread (sinew) were some of the first "makers ". Thanks for posting.
foobear (author)  bob30301 year ago
Yes a sewing machine is an incredibly versatile tool - you can accomplish an awful lot with just sewing stuff.
neo716651 year ago
Bamboo skewers might be easy to get and not scratch the screen.
foobear (author)  neo716651 year ago
good suggestion, thanks!