Make a Quick and Easy Quilting Project

23 Sep 2013

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.

patchwork design kindle cover
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

Materials

  • 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

Directions

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.


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on 24 Sep 2013 10:29 AM

My first quilting project?  About 29 years ago, I took a beginning quilting class over a weekend and made a  log-cabin baby quilt for my son (I was barely pregnant at the time).  I still have it, stored away with other baby treasures, to give to him when he has a family.  :-)

on 28 Sep 2013 10:24 AM

Villi----Thank you so much for your comments today . about binding.  Sometimes, it is just too demanding ,even though it is not bad to do.   It is also boring to do , over and over again.    

Some of the ideas, I have done, others I thought about and was "chicken" to do.  Why, because, I did not want to hear----shame on you, that is not how you do quilts and etc.   It is nice to have a professional do it for us and then what we do sew  won[t    be laughed at  or will someday be normal.      Thanks again for your wonderful pages.     katie                                                                                                                                                          

on 1 Oct 2013 6:37 PM

My first project was a 9 block lap quilt :-)

BlickTX wrote
on 14 Dec 2013 6:27 PM

My first quilting project was a baby quilt this spring for my great-granddaughter. I'm 72, loved the first HST project so much (also discovering I can sew a 1/4 seam and understand patterns!) that I made three lap quilts for Christmas - my daughters and daughter-in-law. Next year will be one for hubby, then four for my ladies in the next generation. Quilting is time-consuming but provides a great sense of accomplishment as well as loving gifts for the family. I find hand binding an excellent time for reflection and prayer for the person who will receive the quilt.