Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kindle Cover

I just remembered that I never posted the completed Kindle cover.
Silly, forgetful me, right?

I finished all of the stitching (and there is a ton of it there) and let it sit for a week or two.
Good question.
My answer is this - I guess I was afraid that I would "mess it up". The work that I had done and the purchased cover.
My husband reminded me that we paid less than $20 for the cover, why worry when it could be replaced in an easy enough manner.
True, true.

So, results be damned (in a way), I grabbed the items I needed to put the whole thing together.
Heavy adhesive (Golden Regular Gel), binder clips (I use those a lot)

(is "alot" a word or not? My spell check highlights it and it's not in the "real" dictionary but everyone writes it that way).
OMG! I just went to to check spelling and that very thing was one the topics of the day there.
(FYI it is "a lot" not "alot")
(but wth does it really matter on this blog?)

Where was I...?
Oh, yes, grabbed the stuff that I needed to finally finish the cover.
Then glued it in place.
I put clips on it to hold it in place until the gel dried and placed weights on top of it.
And waited...

If you read my blog or know me, you are well aware of my penchant for creating things "by the seat of my pants". Better known as making things without an end plan or directions or a lot of fore thought.
One of those "hey, I've got an idea!" kinda things.

I make some cool stuff but I screw up a lot of stuff too...
This project worked out pretty good but I did learn a couple of things that I would do differently.

I would not use the binder clips next time. They did a fantastic job holding things in place but a couple of them did leave small indentation on one corner. It's not a big deal and really, it's barely noticeable to anyone but me. And I barely notice it anymore (lol).
But all the seam, I'd try to figure out some other way. something that would hole it in place but not have so much pressure on it. I used the clips around the edges, trying to keep things in place since they can shirt.

Oh, and one good thing I did I did was this -
do not put glue on the spine of the cover.
It allows a little "wiggle" room for the cover.
Plus it makes it easier to attach the two.

So - here you go.
Here's the beautiful cover that I love. That makes my Kindle MY Kindle.

You should totally make one too!

I've read that you should never post a photo that you have to apologize for.
I just won't apologize then!
I wanted to post the finished project and did not have the time (or inclination) to set up a photo booth to get better shots.

There you have it - weeks of work (albeit sporadic), a handful of supplies and a new passion for felting base surfaces.

Have you made anything for yourself lately?
I am usually working on samples, things to sell or things for other people.
When I go to a class or something like that, I rarely have anything to show that I made for myself.
I decided that I am going to change that!
So far I have made a needle case, a travel bag for paints/pens and such, a Kindle cover and a travel sketchbook bag (an altered sports bag).

What have you made for yourself?
Show me!


Amanda Trought said...

Carol I think this is a great idea, been tempted to make one for myself. Love the stitching! I have been making a few things lately and just been spending some time to share:)

Chrisie said...

I love this! I have a Nook with a similar cover. Would a big chip bag clip work to hold the fabrics together? It wouldn't put quite as much pressure...

Dee Spillane said...

Turned out great!

Joanne Huffman said...

Such a good idea. And, it turned out beautifully. I decorated an iPad pouch with reverse appliqué hearts, but I can't seem to find it now.

denise in wnc said...

What a beautiful gift for YOU! This is very special!

Carla M said...

Love all the stitches. Such texture! A lot to look at and enjoy. Great job!

Terriea Kwong said...

Very rich texture. Your natural prints are wonderful and stitches over it are impressive.