Pinterest Challenge Day 1: Kindle Cover Tutorial

by Angela on March 12, 2012

If you read my post last week about Pinterest, then you know that I challenged myself to try 5 different “pins” this week.  My first project is a Kindle, Nook or iPad cover tutorial made out of an old book.

This is the inspiration pin:


There wasn’t a tutorial for it, so I played this one by ear.  All in all, this was a simple project.

Here’s what you need:  old book (approx. size of Kindle/IPad), cereal box, hot glue gun, fabric, scissors, elastic

1.  Cut out the center of the book.  I just used the blade of the scissors and cut along the spine.

2.  Open up the cereal box (thin cardboard) and trace along the outside of the book.  Cut inside the lines, so that it is slightly smaller than the book.

3.  Use the cardboard cutout as a template and add about a 1/2″ around the edge.

4.  Glue down the fabric onto the cardboard (I used spray adhesive on the front to make sure it was smooth, but hot glue would work).  Then cut the excess on the corners at an angle and glue them down.

4.  To attach the elastic, I just used hot glue around the edges and cut slits in the side to pull the elastic through.  I used the Kindle as a guide for where I wanted the elastic to go and just “eyeballed it.”

5.  Lastly, I just hot glues the finished cardboard to the book.

I think it came out pretty good for my first attempt with no instructions.


Difficulty:  Fairly easy (beginner)

Time it took: 45 min.

Cost:  $0 (had everything on hand)

Finished Product:  Useable and cute!

Savings:  $20-$50

I would say PROJECT #1 was a success! :)  Can’t wait to try something new tomorrow…Who’s with me?!?


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Collette June 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

I have been wanting to attemp this project since I got my kindle for Christmas. I was going to “wing it” so thanks for the tutorial!


Michael Daehn (@MichaelDaehn) July 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I was looking at buying a cover, but I like this idea. Thanks for posting.


Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple March 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

This is awesome!!! Thanks for the idea, I just made one for my boys :)


Angela March 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Great!! I always love to know that people are actually using tutorials!! Thanks! :)


Angela March 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Great!! I always love to know that people are actually using tutorials!! Thanks! :)


Tasha April 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I Love Love – heart – this idea. It gives the opportunity to be more unique which is right up my alley and I was just about to look into purchasing a cover for my Kindle. Enough said!


Angela April 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I love to know when people are actually using things from my blog!!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope it comes out great!!


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