Kindle Fire Sporran




Introduction: Kindle Fire Sporran

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.

Step 1: Materials

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

Step 2: Trace

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

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

Fold down the window edges and iron them flat

Step 5: Top Stitch Window Frame

Step 6: Create an Envelope

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.

Step 7: Stiffen Up Soggy Edge

This part is a bit iffy, as you don't want to scratch the screen of your Kindle with the wire.  So if you don't mind the soggy window edge, you can just leave it - or if you have a better material to stiffen it with, that  might be a good suggestion.

neo71665 suggests bamboo skewers - wish I'd thought of that!

Step 8: Prepare the Pocket

Iron down the edges of the pocket.

Top stitch it.

Hem the opening edge if necessary.

Step 9: Position and Attach the Pocket

With the Kindle inside, position the pocket and trace around it with chalk.

Remove the Kindle, invert it and sew the pocket into place.

Step 10: Create the Straps

Fold the strap material in half.

Sew along the longest length

Invert it

Iron it flat

Top stitch it.

Step 11: Attach the Straps

With the Kindle inside, position the straps and mark the edges with chalk.

Remove the Kindle and sew the straps in place.

Step 12: Yay Good!

Thread it onto your belt and you are good to go.

Convenient?   Check!

Nerdy?             Check!

Don't roam too far away from the internet signal!

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    8 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Also... Corset boning will "spring back" unlike a wire hanger.


    5 years 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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    7 years 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.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes a sewing machine is an incredibly versatile tool - you can accomplish an awful lot with just sewing stuff.


    7 years ago

    Bamboo skewers might be easy to get and not scratch the screen.