FabriKate: A Kindle cover with personality, for pennies

By Kathleen Neafsey

Summer’s almost here!  Which means, it’s time for beach reads and trashy novels.  I don’t know about you, but my Kindle goes everywhere with me.  Before the Kindle, it was a book.  Books have saved me from many boring waiting room visits or, what felt like, interminable show rehearsals and soccer practices.

Recently I’ve been thinking that my Kindle cover is so boring — practical and functional, yes — but boring.  I’m not so bothered by this fact that I would run out and buy another (like the Kate Spade designs that I covet), but it got me thinking … What could I use to make my own cover?  It would have to protect the e-reader, be lightweight, colorful, and inexpensive. My first thought: padded envelopes would be lightweight, would offer protection, and would be inexpensive – but still boring.

Then in a flash of genius, actually two, it came to me:  gift bags!  Contact paper!  Nearly everyone has a gift bag or two lying around, and there’s some really cute contact paper out there these days!

Here’s all you need:

  • 6×9 inch bubble mailers padded envelopes. This will fit the Kindle Touch and Fire, as well as Nook readers and tablets.
  • A new or used gift bag
  • Scissors
  • A glue gun. Preferably, but a glue stick will probably work fine.
  • A ruler
  • Velcro fasteners

Your easy-peasy directions:

Step one: Cut down one side of the bag, and around the bottom.  Remove bottom.

Step two: Lay the bag out flat, inside facing up.  Center the envelope on the open bag.

Step three: Don’t glue anything yet, first get your layout.  This is much like making a book cover – the way we did it in the old days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Step four: Turn up the bottom edge of the bag, trim off any excess.  Fold in each side, then the top.  Be sure to leave enough to cover the underside of the envelope flap – again, trimming as needed.

Step five: Once everything is the way you want it, start gluing (except in the case of contact paper, which won’t require any glue).  After I glued each piece, I used a ruler as a straight edge to make sure everything was smooth.  I recommend using a ruler to avoid burning yourself with the hot glue – I’ve burned myself so you don’t have to!  You’ll thank me later.

Step six: Next, attach the Velcro fastener to the flap of the envelope.

Step seven: Embellish at will, or not – as you can see I used the ribbon handles from the gift bag to make a bow.   Duck tape (formerly known as duct tape) now comes in fun colors and patterns, too.  I used the red on the black & white bag just to add some color.

Now I have an array of Kindle covers from which to choose, and I didn’t break the bank!

If you try this at home, send in some photos!  I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time.


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5 thoughts on “FabriKate: A Kindle cover with personality, for pennies

  1. katetorg says:

    Love, love, love the black and white one with the red trim.

  2. Eileen McKinley says:

    Love the black/white/red one also. Now all I have to do is get a kindle;) Great job!

  3. Kathleen says:

    After I’d written it, I realized that even if you don’t have a Kindle it makes a neat mailing envelope for birthday gifts for family and friends across the miles :-)

  4. Roe Balas says:

    Kathy, I’m partial to the paisley! Hard to tell if it’s pale blue or lilac but, doesn’t matter, that’s the one I like best.Good going girl!

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