So, I have a kindle that Madelyn loves to watch movies on. I looked into buying an easel cover and when I saw that they were an average of $40.00, I uttered my famous words, “I can make that!”
I looked at several in a few different stores and it just seemed like they were covered cardboard. Piece of cake!
First, I went to the local ARC thrift store and found a book that would work with my Kindle. It was $.99! I took the paper cover off and it looked like this…
I grabbed a sharp knife and cut out the pages.
It took some elbow grease, but finally I got them out. It looked like this when I was done…
Then, I cut the right side of the cover in half lengthwise.
Lay the cover onto any fabric and cut around it to leave about a half inch to fold over.
Then, my plan was to pull out my spray adhesive – the same kind I used for my fabric covered binder post, but it had disappeared, so Mod Podge it was…
Cover the outside of the book with glue, then lay it down on your fabric. Then, fold over the edges and glue down, making sure to leave a small gap in between the pieces on the right cover.
I cut a rectangle that would fit across the inside of the book cover and put a small hem around the edge, then glued the piece on to the inside, overlapping the part that I folded over.
Here’s where the trial and error came in. I wasn’t sure how to get the kindle to stay in place. I ended up pulling off the rectangle and sewing a piece of elastic on to the inside and then pulling it off again when the kindle wouldn’t stay when I put the easel up. I ended up sewing the elastic on 3 sides. It still didn’t lay the way I wanted it to, but I needed to move on before I went crazy. Here are my thoughts – maybe use thinner elastic and put it on all four corners – or make the same sort of idea that I did, but make it out of fabric? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!
Here’s what it looks like open – not what I was going for, but…
It works great as an easel – just fold over the section that was cut in half and prop it up.
Perfect for hands-free movie watching! Especially if those hands are covered with toddler mystery goo…
Then, it folds into book size and easily fits into bags and purses:)
Have a happy-crafty kind of day!