Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nook/Kindle Cover Tutorial

This is a very easy thing to make. All you need to do is have a little bit of fabric, a hot glue gun and some inspiration.  Supply list and full tutorial after the jump. This can be adapted for a Kindle also.

  • Fabric (a fat quarter will do)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • An Old Hard Back Book (you will be taking out the pages)
  • Coordinating Ribbon
  • An Elastic Headband (or piece of thin elastic)
Step One: Find a hardcover book that is at least 1/4” bigger all around that your Nook, and at least 3/4” thick.
Step Two: Remover the inside pages and open flat.
Step 3: Choose you fabric. Any fabric will do as long as it is not too thin. The fabric that I choose for this is a piece from my stash. It is a discontinued pattern from Robert Kauffman Fabrics. I choose it because it is a large weave canvas fabric that is upholstery weight.
Step 4: Using the book cover as a guide cut out a piece of fabric that is at least 3/4” larger on all sides. This will give you enough to overlap and glue to the inside of the book.
Step 5: place a generous amount of hot glue around the edge of the outside of the book cover and adhere to the wrong side of the fabric .
Step 6: (Sorry a better picture of this step is missing) Fold the fabric over to the inside of the cover and glue down with your hot glue gun. Miter the corners as if you were wrapping a package.
Step 7: Cut out a piece of fabric 1/4” smaller on all sides that the book cover and adhere with the right side facing out. as show above.
Step 8: Will a bout 2 –3 yards of ribbon,(working from the roll to keep it neater) Work your way gluing as you go around the edge of the inside fabric covering up the raw edge.
When you come to a corner work it to complete a miter.
When you get back around to the beginning fold the ribbon over itself to conceal the raw edge to keep it from fraying. By doing this creating a miter on the last corner.
Here is the cover finished to this step. Now we will complete The inside to hold your Nook in place.
You will need 3 pieces of ribbon for this and they will vary in size. You will need to measure as you go to get to correct sizes. Along the top of the Nook will be one long piece that is glued on both sides to create a place for it to slide in.  You want to make sure that the fit fairly snug  but allow it to slide in and out when you need it to.
Along the bottom there are 2 pieces that are placed at an angle to support the bottom of the Nook and keep it from slipping out the bottom of the case when reading. DSC05719
Here is what the finished inside looks like.
For this step you will need a wide piece of elastic or a headband. This is for the closure. I used added this step after the fact because I knew that the Nook would slide out if not. 
Center the Headband and using hot glue adhere it on the metal clasp.
Using a small piece of ribbon folding the ends over to stop the fraying use this piece to cover the metal seam
Here is how the placement for the back of the ribbon.
Sorry for such a long post. I hope you enjoyed it and I would love to see what you have created for this.. This tutorial is for your personal use only and can not be used to make items for sale. If you use this tutorial to make one, please link back to this post.
I also have a Etsy shop where your can place a special order for a cover made just for you.


MessyMissy said...

What a nice idea. I love the fabric you chose!! A friend just got a nook for Christmas...this could be a great present. :-)

Gemma said...

Thank you for posting these instructions. I made a cover today for my tablet and it was really easy by following each of your steps.

Look forward to reading back over some of your other projects!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Kate...

What an awesome craft! I don't have a Nook or a Kindle but my daughters do. Your cover would make a really nice gift for them! Thank you so much for sharing this sweet project and tutorial with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party! It was a pleasure having you!

Warmest summery wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

This is so cute....I ended up finding a daybook cover at goodwill and putting velcro dots on it...
look here
But my mom just got a Kindle and I am going to make one of these for her. Great tutorial, thanks!

Ricochet said...

Awww, look how clever you are! I'm a nook owner, using the ugly grey store-bought cover. I am bookmarking this tute. Using an existing book for the base is genius!
You've made a follower out of me!
Rikka J.
Ricochet and Away!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

LOVE it, I have so been wanting to make my own hard back kindle cover. I pinned this to my TO MAKE board! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's, I'm featuring this TONIGHT!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Super clever!

Anonymous said...

Can you use a headband without a metal clasp? I can't find one with one

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