An amazing handmade Kindle case from a hardback book
I created this handmade Kindle case from a hardback book that I found in a car boot sale. I recently got a new Kindle, and wanted a case to protect it, so I found a hardback book with a pretty cover, that was the right size, and turned it into this amazing Kindle case!
I have seen the idea for a handmade Kindle case from a hardback book in several places before. You can even buy purposed made Kindle cases in the style of a book cover. Here is my take on the idea, that you can make at home for a fraction of the cost.
What you need :
- A hardback book a bit bigger than your Kindle
- A cutting knife, ruler and cutting mat
- Thin card (a piece as big as the book is when it’s lying open)
- Fabric (one large piece a bit bigger than the card. I also used a second, smaller piece, to make a pocket)
- Fabric or paper glue
- Sewing machine
- Stronger gel glue or a gluegun
Step 1 : Cut off cover
Cut out the inside pages of the book leaving just the cover. I managed this leaving the pages of the book intact and still bound together. However, I also wanted to keep the decorative headband and ribbon, so I then cut all of the pages off, leaving just the spine.
Step 2 : Cut a piece of card
Measure the size of your book cover: the right and left side and the width of the spine between the two when the cover is lying open. Cut your piece of card to fit. Mine was 18cm high, and 13cm wide on each side, with 2cm in the middle, so my card was 28x18cm in total. I scored and folded the card along the 2cm spine.
Step 3 : Cover the card with fabric
Cut your piece of fabric so it is a few centimetres bigger than the card on each side. Glue the fabric to the inside of your folded card, making sure there are no creases or bubbles. Cut diagonally up to each corner or fold of the card in order to fold and glue the fabric around each edge of the card. This will give you a nice neat edge once all the pieces are glued together.
Step 4 : Add pocket and elastic with sewing machine
I then used stronger glue to attach four pieces of elastic to the four corners of the right hand side of the decorated card. I folded the elastic around the edge of the card but for the two left hand pieces that aren’t on the edge, I cut a small slit to pass the elastic through. Once glued, I then sewed all the way around the right hand side of the decorated card, to make sure all the elastic was well secured. I also used a smaller piece of fabric to make a pocket on the left hand side.
Step 5 : Glue together
Once your cardboard has the elastic and pocket well attached and sewn on, you can glue the whole thing into the book cover to finish off your Kindle case. I glued the spine of the original book, with the decorative headband and ribbon, to the back of the decorated card before gluing it into the hardback cover. This gives the finished case more the look if a real book, and allows you to keep the ribbon too.
I really love my handmade Kindle case from a hardback book, and I am really excited about this project. I managed to buy a whole box of similar books at the car boot sale, so hopefully they will be available soon in my etsy shop as Kindle cases, or even as a Paris en Rose workshop!