Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Ruffled Kindle Case" Tutorial...

I've loved the design of this "Ruffled Kindle Case" ever since I made the first one a month ago! I've been promising a tutorial for weeks now, and today I finally took the time to put one together. This case has a beautiful little ruffled front with an etched mother-of-pearl button and cord closure. If you're looking for an easy sewing project, this one's for you.  It doesn't get much simpler than this! {Update: Check out my "Imported Lace Kindle Case" for an even easier variation for this Kindle pouch!}

For those of you with no desire to make one of your own, check out my Etsy Shop where you can purchase one of these cases!

My "Ruffled Kindle Case" will fit any Kindle that is 7.5 inches x 4.8 inches x .45" or smaller! In other words the case will hold a Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Keyboard 3G or Kindle Fire. {The case, however, is too small for a Kindle DX.}

Materials Needed:

2  -  6 3/4" x 9" front and back (muslin, linen, or cotton)
2  -  6 3/4" x 9" lining (contrasting cotton)
2  -  6 3/4" x 9" fusible fleece
1  -  5" x 14" contrasting cotton fabric for ruffle
6 1/2" length of cording
9 1/2" length of 1/2" twill tape
One 3/4" button

Note: 3/8" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
Finished measurements of bag approximately 5.5" x 8".


1.) Prep Work: Cut out all pieces of fabric and apply fusible fleece to wrong side of case front and back...

2.) Making the Ruffle: (see photos below)
a.) Fold ruffle in half lengthwise -- right sides together -- and sew 1/8" from the unfinished edge. {Just sew the long side -- not the ends.}
b.) Press seam open.
c.) Turn the fabric right side out and press so that the seam is down the middle on one of the sides. This "seamed" side will become the underside of the ruffle.
d.) Sew a basting stitch 3/8" from the middle seam -- along both sides of the seam. Don't trim threads ends.  These basting stitches will be used to gather your ruffle. Turn your fabric right side up. Gently pull the two threads on the front of the ruffle -- leaving the threads on the back of the ruffle alone. Gather the fabric as you pull. When your gathers reach the middle of the ruffle, shift to the two front threads on the right side of the ruffle and repeat. Keep gathering the fabric toward the center point until your gathered fabric is the length you want it to be. {For a YouTube video on how to gather fabric using this technique, go here.}

3.) Attaching the Ruffle: Once the ruffle is gathered attach it to the case front -- making sure it is centered properly on the front.

Sew ruffle to case front using a regular stitch right down the middle of the basting stitches. Remove the basting stitches.

4.) Twill Tape: Pin the twill tape down the center of the ruffle and sew close to the edge of the tape.

5.) Cording: Cut cording and attach the loop to the back of the case in the middle at the top. I tape the ends of the cording with a little masking tape so the cording is less likely to pull through the seam.

6.) Lining: Pin together lining pieces -- right sides together. Stitch sides together, pivoting at the corners and leaving a 3" opening on the bottom seam. Back-stitch at the opening to ensure your stitches are secure. Trim seams and set aside.

7.) Case Front & Back: Pin case front to case back -- right sides together -- at side and bottom seams. Stitch seams together - trim seams -- turn right side out and press.

8.) Sewing Lining to Ruffled Case: Slip case into lining -- right sides together. Match seams and pin. Sew around top of case and zig-zag the edges. {Pay special attention to the area where the cording is -- make sure it is very secure.}

9.) Finishing Touches: Turn case right side out by pulling the bag through the opening in the bottom of the lining. When case is right side out sew seam together at the bottom of the lining 1/8" from edge. Tuck lining into case and press the front and back of your Kindle case.

Top-stitch 3/8" around the top of the case, then sew button 1" from the top edge. Press once again and you're done!

You've now completed your "Ruffled Kindle Case"! 

I remember when Kindles first came out I wasn't sure I'd ever want one. I'd always loved turning the pages of a book and the feel of a book in my hands.

I got over that nostalgic-ness real quick-like when my son gave me a Kindle for Christmas a couple of years ago. I've had a love affair with my Kindle ever since. Serious. Love. Affair. I couldn't live without it -- at least I'd never want to try.

Because my creative juices are fueled by your wonderful comments, please leave one if you appreciate this tutorial! Thank you!

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gail@My Repurposed Life said...

So pretty Suzanne! I wish I liked to sew. :(
but it doesn't matter, cause I don't have a Kindle! lol
I hope you had a great weekend!

Jennifer said...

Love it! Thank you! I love the pink and gray one, I may have to find some!

Mommo said...

I am commenting from my Kindle Fire. I am going to use this tutorial to make a beautiful home for it. Thanks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is beautiful Suzanne! Thanks for the tutorial. I think I'll adapt it to my Ipad.

whitesilkpurse said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Cosmonata said...

I love it!!!

Sandy said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just got a Kindle Fire for my birthday, can't wait to make this!

Annieofbluegables said...

I love all you do. Your photography and tutorials are beautiful as are the things you make.
I got a KindleFire for Christmas and my hubby bought a nice case for it, so I don't need this tutorial, but I wanted you to know I love all you do. I still think of you as I use my beautiful purse. You are so talented.
Ps. Do you have a "Made by Suzanne" tag I can iron in my purse? Just wondering.

Sharon Dawn said...

Great tutorial and pattern! This would be fun to make and use!
Thanks for sharing it!

glassyladyks said...

Thank you again for sharing another wonderful tutorial.

-Susan- said...

Suzanne this is the perfect Christmas gift for my girls! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial! Love it.

Gayle said...

So cute Suzanne! I have an iPad, so I'll have to check the measurements and see if I can stitch one up! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!

Kristin said...

This is beautiful! I love it. I made one for my Kindle Fire a couple of weeks ago but I might have to make me a new one now ;)

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cara said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! My husband just ordered me a kindle, so now I'll have a reason to try your awesome tutorial! :-)

Ana Love Craft said...

Hi Suzanne, this is absolutely cute!
Thank for sharing the tutorial, I'm going to try it.
I found your blog and since now I'm your fan, so many beautiful projects !!!!!!! Thanks again !

A friendly hug from Lisbon-PORTUGAL

Ana lopes

Twiglet said...

A really clear easy to follow tutorial - thanks for sharing _ I might try one. x Jo

Unknown said...

thank you
you are wonderful

Unknown said...

Muchas gracias por el tutorial!!!! llevo tiempo queriendo hacer una funda y ésta es perfecta. Besos

Los Telares de Raquel said...

Felicidades, una funda muy bonita y un Totoral fant√°stico. Besitos

Mo said...

Finished this today and I love it! Check mine out here: http://curlymo.blogspot.com/2014/01/i-still-make-things-ruffled-kindle-case.html. Thanks for a great tutorial!