Monday, March 26, 2012

Running Before I Can Walk: A Kindle Case

Well, having now sewn four WHOLE items from other people's tutorials, I thought that I might be able to fly solo with a Kindle cover.  I have made:

A cushion cover (courtesy of Cherry Men Love)
Ipod Case (free instructions from a newspaper)
Pencil Case (from Sweet Verbena)
A pouch (from That's my Letter)
A clutch bag (more about this here - and the link to the amazing blogger who designed it!)

Now, in all of these projects, the seams are pretty wonky, the zips have been hit and miss and generally, if I could have made many more mistakes, I would be surprised.

So, with this in mind, I hard could it be to make a lined pouch for my Kindle? I started photographing it, like it might become a tutorial.  Let me speak plainly: this is NOT a tutorial. I am sure that there are 1 million better ways you could make this.  I made some really weird mistakes and it's quite wonky. 

However, it is only for me...and I am still quite proud of what I achieved.  If there is ANYONE out there with sewing knowledge, who would be prepared to read over the steps below and see if I could have made it easier on myself, your advice would be amazing!

There are plenty of great Kindle covers out there in blog land. Sadly, none of them seem to be aimed at the novice sewer.  Therefore, as soon as I work out an easier way to do this, then I will and  post a proper tutorial. Until's a non-tutorial of how I made mine.

So what did I use?
8" x 15" rectangle of heavyweight cotton (1/2" seam allowance)
8" x 15" rectangle of quilted lining
8" by 15" rectangle of heavyweight interfacing
Matching thread
1 large snap fastener
Sewing Machine and normal sewing equipment.

Step One:
Cut out the fabric pieces to the sizes above and iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.

Step Two:
Press a half inch seam (1 cm) as below on both the exterior and interior fabrics.

Lay your Kindle cover on the exterior fabric and measure where the pouch should fold, making sure you fold the right sides of the fabric together.  Remove the Kindle and then press the fold.  b)Use the folded exterior to measure where the interior pouch should be folded. Make sure the two folded lips are touching.  Press in place.

Step 3:
a) Pin the sides of both pouches separately b) Take the lining. Line up the lining seams with the right side of your foot and then sew up both pinned sides (excluding the future flap at the top) Trim the excess seam to allow it to fit inside the exterior pouch. c) Sew up the edges of the exterior pouch in the same way, except make the seam allowance smaller.

Step 5:
Turn both pouches the right way round and then press (without steam)  Slot the lining inside the exterior piece and press again if necessary.

Step 6:
The next bit is awkward.  Sew the edge of the pouch (the one with the turned down seams) as close to the edge as possible and preferably in a straight line!

Step 7:
Now turn the pouch completely inside out.  The lip section of the pouch should be right sides together (in this case the purple against the pink linking)

Step 8:
Pin the lip right sides together and then stitch around two of the three sides, leaving a gap big enough for the pouch to be turned around the right way.

Step 9:
Flip the pouch around the right side.  Press until it doesn't look screwed up.

Step 10:
Sew up the remaining side, making sure you fold the ends of the fabric in slightly.  I chose to use the machine.  I wished I had hand stitched it using a top stitch, but didn't want to have to unpick anything! 

Step 11:
Sew on the snapper where you want it to be.  I placed the one on the lip first. Then I put a tiny piece of glue on the end of the connector, before closing it. This gave me where I could sew on the corresponding piece.  Which I did, without having to move it.

I believe in learning by doing. I learnt lots from doing this. I just wish I had time to make another one now. I have work to do instead. Maybe the second time around, the seams will be straight!

Well, we all have to start somewhere....What was your first ever craft project?  Leave a message with a link and let everyone feel better about starting out!

R xx
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Elise@growcreative said...

Hey! Nice case! I think it looks pretty good for having made the pattern all by yourself. I don't think I'm ready to attempt such a project yet.

So, I can't remember my very first craft I made- it has been too long. But my one of my first sewing projects was a skirt that I made from a pattern with the help of my mom. Well, even with her help, I ended up making it too small and had to just pass it down to my younger sisters- haha! Funny memories.

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