Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Kindle Case for Mom

My mother gave me an ever so subtle hint a few months ago that she'd like a kindle case for Mother's Day. It's a good thing she's incredibly patient, since she just received it in the mail. Better late than never right?
I looked at a bunch of tutorials online on making a simple "envelope" style case, but being a glutton for punishment, I decided this one needed a zipper closure instead...
And piping accent trim...
And if you look closely, you can see that on one side, I goofed up a bit while sewing in the piping. I didn't get the seam close enough to the cord of the piping, so it left a gap between the piping and the side seam. Instead of ripping out the seam and re-sewing the piping in closer (ugh) I decided to add a "tab" over that gap. It kinda looks like I meant to do that, right? Kinda?!
I also wanted to use quilted fabric for the lining. But do you know how much quilted fabric is? Like $20 per yard. Eeek! So I made my own, which although time-consuming, is much cheaper, easy to do, and you can use cute, coordinating fabric!
And finally, I made some crushed fabric flowers and a couple embroidered felt leaves to pretty up the outside.

Phew. Needless to say, there was a steep learning curve for me with this project. It was only the 2nd zipper I had ever sewn, my 2nd time using piping, and my first time quilting my own fabric. But I like how it turned out...and it was time well spent for my dear Mama!

I used the following tutorials extensively throughout this project...taking tips from each one. Even if you don't need a kindle case, you can use these tutorials to make great zippered pouches for all sorts of things!
flexible dreams


Ginny said...

This Mama LOVES her gift!! I'm impressed with your sewing skills, and I love your fabric selection and the flowers are the perfect finishing touch. Did I mention that I love the flowers-Thanks Sweetie

Anonymous said...

You are quite amazing with a sewing machine. You should seriously sell on ETSY!