"where's my kindle???" i asked, scanning the room.
"...did you just say your kindle?" the husband teased me in mock irritation.
this past christmas i bought the husband a kindle. i was a bit nervous about the gift, because i wasn't quite sure how he felt about e-readers, so i was relieved and happy when he received it with great excitement.
for the inside padding:
1 piece 8x11.25" extra firm non-fusible interfacing (i think this is referred to as ultra-firm stabilizer)
2 pieces of 8x11.25" felt
the outer shell:
1 piece 8x11.25" light weight fusible interfacing
1 piece outer fabric, 9.25x 12.25" *
2 pieces inner fabric, 6.5x9.25"
1/4" wide elastic, about 25" total**
*i used my kiwi bird parade fabric for my case, and marimekko's onnellinen fabric for the husband's. i also dyed my elastic pink.
**depends on where you decide to put your elastic, it's better to have more than less! i underestimated how much i needed and had to get creative.
take the light weight interfacing piece and iron onto the outside fabric (in my case, the kiwi bird fabric).
take one of the inside lining pieces and decide where to place the four pieces of elastic. i needed about 4 inches (each) for the top two pieces and then 3.25 inches for the bottom two. i wanted to have the bottom bands angled at about 1.25" x 1.25" (the elastic being the hypotenuse, if you imagine a right angle), making the actual coverage of the corner of the kindle to be about .5". for the top i aimed for the elastic to cover a bit more of the corner, so i angled them at about 1.75" x 1.75" (again, imagining the elastic being the hypotenuse).
bear in mind that you still have seam allowances to consider when you pin down your elastic, so you'll have to do a little bit of geometry. it helped me to mark where the actual kindle would sit on the fabric and then play around with the different placement options before i made a final decision. once you've decided where to put your elastic straps, pin them down, and sew them to the lining fabric to hold them in place (you can skip the sewing part if you want, i just prefer doing it to make sure they don't move around later). if you need help doing this, feel free to e-mail me.
take the second lining piece, and fold one long side (the 9.25" side) in .25". finger press or iron. with the outside piece pattern side facing upward, place the lining piece with the folded edge on top. the raw edge of the folded edge should be facing upward. place the other lining piece with the elastic to the left side, elastic facing down.
cut rounded edges. pin, and then sew around the edges, leaving a .5" seam on all sides. trim excess fabric, and then flip inside out. iron! slide in the stiff pad you made earlier into the opening slot.
to finish up, sew a seam down the middle to close the slot, and then sew around the entire edge of the case.