How To Make a Felt Kindle Fire Case
I have been having a few technological difficulties lately. First my Kindle Fire tablet stopped charging itself. It was just finicky for a while but then it wouldn’t charge at all. Suddenly I had no books to read. I knew giving up “real” books wasn’t a good thing. Then I decided I could read them on my phone. But, then I dumped my phone in the lake. Uh oh. Now my phone doesn’t work. So Dennis kindly got me a new Kindle Fire. He thought he was getting me the same size that I had before but it was smaller by a couple of inches. So my felted Kindle case was much too big for it. Normally, I would have made another seamless felted one but we are having trouble with our well. It has been so dry that our well is having difficulty keeping up with the water demand of our small 2 person household. So I decided to save water and make one from a piece of commercial wool/rayon felt blend that my friend Deb gave me. She dyed the felt and was sure it was going to come out “baby shit brown” but I told her that I thought it would be better than she expected. She ended up giving it to me. Thanks Deb!
Here’s the piece of felt. It looked like it would be the perfect size to cover my new Kindle Fire.
I folded the felt in half and put my tablet on top. Perfect fit and room for a flap.
I folded the felt in half with the “good side” towards the inside.
I stitched a 1/4″ seam on the side with the sewing machine. This is all simple straight seam stitching. Nothing fancy.
I then checked to make sure that the Kindle would fit OK. Success!
I used the iron to flatten out the seam.
Here it is after the ironing is finished.
Then I stitched the end closed. On all the seams, I sewed over the same line twice to make sure that the seams would hold well.
Here’s the case after the end was stitched. The edge was a bit wonky.
So I trimmed it close.
I turned the case right side out and checked the fit again. Perfect!
I put the Kindle all the way in and measured where I wanted to cut the slit where the Kindle will slide in and out of the case. I cut the slit with a pair of scissors. I didn’t mark it, just cut it. You could mark it with a dressmaker’s pencil if you wanted.
I then took it back to the machine and turned it right side in. I then stitched along the seam where the cut was. I didn’t want the seams to be coming loose. It turns out that I could have left the top seam as it will be stitched later. But that’s what comes of not planning thoroughly in advance.
Next I stitched from the outer corner up to the middle top seam to make a flap. I stitched over these seams twice too.
Then I cut off the excess felt along the seams just stitched.
I turned the case right side out. The flap was all wonky.
I ironed it down but then decided I didn’t want the flap as loose as it was.
So I stitched the top of the flap shut. The slit is still open to allow the tablet to move in and out but the top of the flap is stitched together to give it more stability.
Next I made a machine stitched cord with turquoise yarn and the same color thread I had used on the case. You just stitch over the yarn with a zigzag stitch covering it completely with thread.
I made the machine stitched cord into a loop and used a polymer clay button that Zed gave me. (She has an excellent tutorial on how to make these on her site.) If I had planned ahead, I probably could have stitched the cord into the flap as I made it but I ended up hand stitching it down. I hand stitched the button as well.
And here’s the finished case. It’s a great fit and will be perfect for carrying my Kindle Fire when I take it back and forth to work every day. Can’t go anywhere without a book to read!
And here’s the other side. You could make this any size that you needed depending on the size of your tablet. This would work as a phone case as well, again, just adjusting the size. Your could also use a piece of handmade felt if you had that handy or add more embellishments if you wanted. I thought the dyed felt was enough of a statement!
21 thoughts on “How To Make a Felt Kindle Fire Case”
Thank you, Ruth. Very helpful. What kind of machine needle do you use to sew felt?
Thanks Rosalind! I used an embroidery needle, I think a size 90.
Thank you Ruth for this detailed presentation of the procedure. You seem to have solved all the problems well on the way. I like the idea of making a cord using yarn and zig-zag stitches. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome Nada! Machine cords can be very useful. They are a bit time consuming if they are long but a little short one like this doesn’t take long at all.
It’s very pretty felt – the turquoise cord is a lovely accent – and Zed’s button is perfect for it. I like the triangular shaped closure.
Thanks Lyn! I still have a few more of Zed’s buttons to use but I always seem to find the right one when I need one 🙂
That’s really nice, Ruth! Tell Deb she did a great job dyeing the felt 🙂
And thanks for the book plug too, the button looks nice.
Thanks Zed! I’ll let Deb know that you liked her dyeing job. She thought it was going to be really awful and was pleasantly surprised by it. And thanks again for the buttons, they have come in handy for sure.
Great little case Ruth. I think the colours are great too.
Bright and cheerful case! So much more pleasure in it when you make your own.
Thanks Cathy! I do like to make my own cases for sure. Much more personal.
Really pretty felt, just perfect for the case 🙂
Thanks Sharon – it was the perfect size and the colors are very cheerful.
This is a very approachable project! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Karen – yes, it isn’t that hard at all. Takes a bit of time, but what doesn’t?
Nice tutorial and great save on some of the bumps along the way. I really like the dye job and the finishing touches including Zed’s button. You not only saved Deb’s felt but water as well. Now you can get back to your reading in style.
Thanks Marilyn! All I needed to provide was the thread 🙂
I like this, Ruth! I often think about making a case for my Kindle Touch, let’s hope one day 🙂
I had to laugh when you thanked your friend for the felt, I couldn’t decide if you were being really grateful or ironic, after the baby poo comment 😀
Thanks Leonor – you should make one, they are simple. Actually, I like the colors of the felt. When she dyed it, all the colors mixed together in the bag and looked horrible. Thus the baby poo comment.
I could, but every time I think of it I end up dropping my Kindle, so I think my clumsiness isn’t ready for me to get rid of my current (ugly) cover…
Hah, I understood, but it was like it was a “it looks like poo; here, keep it as a present, then” 😀