Patchwork Designs for Summer Living

12 May 2011

patchwork design kindle coverpokey boltonSummer is coming and I'm getting ready for the three Bs: bikinis, beaches, and books.

I read year-round, but I especially look forward to those summer beach books, even if most of the time I'm just catching a few sun-screened rays on my deck.

And while I don't mind getting a little lotion on a fat paperback, I'm more careful about my Kindle. So making a Kindle Cover is definitely on my summer season to-do list.

This e-reader cover by Lindsey Murray, our assistant editor for special projects, is quick, easy, and cute. 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
  • Button
  • Elastic hair band


patchwork design kindle cover1. 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 project is from 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts. This special issue also has instructions for making covers for many different electronic devices, plus a water bottle carrier, sunglass case, coffee cuff, and several totes and bags. There's even a strippy cover for your fat paperback beach book.

In fact, just about everything you need to look your contemporary patchwork best this summer you'll find in 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts.

Except the bikini.

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lrond01 wrote
on 12 May 2011 7:46 AM

This is great. I was looking for a way to personalize my Ipad.  Voilà !

Line from Montreal

donnasales wrote
on 14 May 2011 8:12 AM

Thank you for the Kindle cover project, you may like to know that my husband has just had his first book published with Kindle and if you would care to read it and review it I would be delighted. Its called Do Not Assume and is by John Sales.

Thank you for all your projects, Donna Sales

on 14 May 2011 10:55 PM

Great project Lindsey!  It was so nice to meet you all at Market.  Thanks for sharing all your hard work!