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