For my first instructable I want to show how I made a cover for my recent gifted e-book reader.
As disclaim, I need to inform about my written (and spoked too) English skill level is soooo poor (I'm spanish and I only study English for three years (Long time ago in a galaxy far far away), and please, do not matter if I write something mismatched... Maybe you can help to improve it! ;)
- And e-book reader, obviously.
- 2 wood covers 0.5 cm bigger on each side than your e-book reader.
- Some fabric, in my project an old blue velvet fabric, bigger more than 4 times the dimensions of the e-book reader.
- White glue (the used on carpentry)
- Contact adhesive.
- A sewing needle and sewing thread.
- Elastic rubber band (better if it's like this one covered with fabric).
- A button
- Some cord to make the closure lace.
- A cutter.
- A blue marker.
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Step 1: Beggining
First of all You need to cut, sanding and polish two pieces of lightweight wood 1 or 1,5 cm bigger than the e-book reader.
After cleaning the dust, place the wood pieces on top of the blue velvet fabric separated by 1,5 cm. and keeping a minimum margins of 2 cm on each side.
With the tailor chalk, mark the measures of the cover (remember, 2cm. or more bigger than the wood pieces).
Cut the blue velvet.
Cut the angles of the fabric to better wrap it.
After this, You are now able to glue the wood pieces. I use white glue expanded with a "spatula".
Do it regularly and do not put too much white glue because it can go through the fabric. If you get an old comb, is really useful to regularly expand the glue.
Now, carefully place the wood pieces and press to paste it well.
Step 2: Continue
When you have the wood attached to the fabric, you need to put more white gun on the wood sides to wrap the wood with the fabric's margins (as you would do to cover a book with paper...).
Now take measures with the elastic rubber band to subject the e-book reader. How to do it? Take the rubber band, pull it a little bit and take the measures of the e-book leaving 2 cm on each side of the rubber which are the sides to be glued... In my case, I need to sew the top rubber band because is wider than the space enable on the top of my e-book reader.
Now, measure the fabric's piece for the interior side of the e-book cover.
Place the blue velvet fabric on top of the inside part of the cover (the non wrapped with fabric), covering the wrapping edges of the exterior side by 0,5 cm or more . Measure it, mark it with the chalk, and cut it.
Now, will have to cut four little holes to pass through them the rubber band.
Present the piece of fabric what will go inside, and mark where the holes will go to the rubber band clamp the e-book reader.
When the white glue are dried (minimum, 1 hour), you can glue with contact glue the "fabric rubber band" sides which go on the exterior sides (or interior, the order is not important, but only one of both sides!).
Put a clamp to firmly subject it. When The contact glue is dry, you can pass through the little holes the rubber band. Now, glue and clamp the other side of the rubber band.
When the rubber band glue is dry (see the manufacturer's instructions), remove all the clamps, put glue on the sides and squeeze hard to paste the fabric of the interior side with the wood covers. Beware of wrinkles caused by the elastic rubber band!
Step 3: Finishing
The first step to finish the work is cut a little pieces of fabric to cover the small crack on the edges of the interior side of the cover (see pictures).
Now let's put the cord and button to make the closure.
First, cut two little pieces of blue velvet (aprox. 3x3 cm.). In one of them, sew the "lord" style button.
On the bottom external side of the cover, glue a piece of cord of aprox. 6cm. (see picture).
Now glue the piece of fabric without the button to cover the glued cord side.
In the external front cover, glue the piece of fabric with the button.
If you got an ugly white elastic rubber band (like me) paint it with a blue marker.
When all glued parts are dry, You can place the e-book reader and... Begin to safely read!
Note: This method can be used to make covers for your IPhone or mp3-4 player... and be the smartest geek!
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