Having been given a jelly roll and a quilting book for Christmas 2010, there is no excuse not to get on with quiltmaking.

Here's what happened next...


Thursday, 3 November 2011

Not Quite Quilting...

Before disappearing off on holiday, I treated myself to a Kindle (which did rather revolutionise my packing - no books!) but rather baulked at the outrageous cost of a case - nearly half as much again as the thing itself.

But a cover or case of some sort was essential to guard against damage occasioned from dropping onto the tiles around the pool/into the sand on the beach/suncreamy finger marks etc etc, so I knocked this up beforehand.

It's a fabric sleeve with cardboard fillets (and a sponge insert on the screen side) kept in place with a couple of rows of 'divider' stitching. The Kindle is in a plastic sleeve, and sticky Velcro dots attach that to Velcro strips inside the back of the cover, then Velcro to fasten. It worked really well.

By chance, a couple of days after I got back, Dave Next Door called round clutching his new laptop and said, 'Um.' When someone says that, they want something.
'What is it?', I asked.
'Um. Are you any good with a sewing machine? There's only a temporary soft cover supplied with this, and it's not very robust, so I was wondering if some sort of pillowcase or something could be rigged up as a carry case...?'
'Of course, leave it with me.'

I consulted about design and techniques with colleague Rita, who next day brought in a length of manly pinstripe fabric, some very thin wadding, an odd colour brown canvas-weight cotton & a length of Velcro. Then it was just a case of putting it all together.

I took it round to much astonished praise from the Next Doors, and received appropriate and very satisfactory remuneration.

Glad to be of service, sir.

All this doesn't get the borders on Scatty Stars, of course, or it sandwiched, quilted and bound, but there you go.


  1. So happy to have you back! Hope you enjoyed your holiday. Your Kindle case is very nice. And Dave's laptop case is super. Like them both very much.

  2. Welcome back. I hope you had a good time.

    Both the Kindle case and the laptop cover are very clever. Now you've really made friends with your sewing machine there's just no stopping you is there?

  3. Whoo hoo, you're back. Have missed you, hope the hols were Absolutely Fab!

    If you think you're bad with your Kindle cover, you should have seen Flummery last weekend - couldn't leave the room without it, poor lass!

  4. Oh a Kindle! I've been buried in one of those myself since being bit by the Kindle bug. My plan is to get a splash proof case and then make something very similar to what you did. Don't want to start till I have the splash case though as I think it will change the size, so instead I tote mine around in the eeggggads - original box!!!

  5. Thank you for your kind comments, girls. The Next Door's reckon that there is a market for laptop covers - maybe I'm missing a business opportunity here?

    My 'splash proof case' for the Kindle is one of those see-through plastic document protectors (we use them all the time in the office) cut down, folded & secured with sticky tape. Voila!


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