Many people ask me for beginning quilting projects. When you are learning how to quilt, often it's best to start with a easy sewing project that has quilted or patchwork element, like coasters, place mats, or a little bag. Projects like these use only a little fabric and time, but yield great satisfaction as you learn quilting skills.
This e-reader cover by Lindsey Murray McClelland is an easy sewing project you can whip up in a day or less. You can quilt it with simple straight lines or leave it plain. Either way, you will have a finished project that is useful and beautiful.
Lindsey made this cover to fit her 8" x 5 1/4" Kindle, just adjust the measurements to fit your e-reader.
Patchwork Kindle Cover
- 9 1/2" x 14 1/2" piece of fabric for exterior
- 9 1/2" x 14 1/2" piece of fabric for interior
- (2) 9 1/2" x 14 1/2" pieces of batting
- Fusible web
- Elastic hair band
1. Fuse a piece of batting to the wrong side of both the interior fabric and the main fabric, following the manufacturer's instructions for the fusible web.
Note: If you would like to quilt your cover this is the time to do so.
2. Layer the panels right sides together and sew around the edge of the fabric sandwich, leaving an opening for turning.
3. Trim the corners close to the seam to reduce bulk. Turn the piece right-side out.
4. Lay the mini quilt right-side down, and using your Kindle as a guide, fold the bottom part of the quilt up to create a pocket deep enough to secure your Kindle in place when it is on its long side.
5. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, topstitch along both sides of the pocket.
6. Mark the center of the cover flap and use a seam ripper to make a small 1/2" opening in the seam. Take the elastic hair band and insert it so it extends 1/2" out.
7. Topstitch across the middle of the band several times to anchor it in place.
8. Close the flap and mark where the loop ends. Sew a button at this spot.
This Kindle Cover is one of 16 sewing and quilting patterns included in our new Craft Tree Easy Sewing Projects booklet. The come complete with templates and full instructions to make quick and fun projects that are perfect for you and your home, or to give as gifts.
P.S. What was your first quilting project? Leave your comment below.