My first handmade Kindle cover was a recent present for my friend Helen’s birthday. I’ve used a metallic blue dogtooth fabric with a black, white, yellow and metallic silver Lycra fabric for the flap cover and a turquoise shell button. The inside has been lined with black fabric and padded with cotton wadding. I also quilted the front and back of the blue dogtooth fabric with yellow topstitch thread to give more colour harmony to the final result.
The anecdote behind this birthday gift is that it was never intended to be a Kindle cover but rather a sleeve for her Apple iPad Mini. When I start three-dimensional work, this is when the challenge starts (never been a fan of geometry!) and I inconveniently forgot to include the depth of the iPad in my dimensions. Once I finished sewing, I knew something was not quite right looking at the end result so I rushed to Helen’s bedroom and realised that the sleeve was too small by roughly 2cm. I was about to berate myself until I saw her Kindle lying on her desk and…oh, sweet miracle, it fitted perfectly inside! Call it beginner’s luck but I was damn happy not to have wasted a few hours of my working day!
Helen loved it (I have spotted her using it) and this successful experience has encouraged me to create a few designs of my own for the iPad market, now that I have worked out the right dimensions! I have just finished conceiving five different designs with some of the fabrics and buttons I already have or recently purchased for that purpose…just need to start working and give each of them Spice Girls’ nicknames I guess! Watch this space, they’re coming soon! 🙂