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!

Fire Case FeltHere’s the piece of felt. It looked like it would be the perfect size to cover my new Kindle Fire.

Fire Case Size

I folded the felt in half and put my tablet on top. Perfect fit and room for a flap.

Fire Case Pinned

I folded the felt in half with the “good side” towards the inside.

Fire Case Stitched On Side

I stitched a 1/4″ seam on the side with the sewing machine. This is all simple straight seam stitching. Nothing fancy.

Fire Case Fit

I then checked to make sure that the Kindle would fit OK. Success!

Fire Case Iron Seam

I used the iron to flatten out the seam.

Fire Case Seam Ironed Open

Here itΒ is after the ironing is finished.

Fire Case Stitching End

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.

Fire Case End Stitched

Here’s the case after the end was stitched. The edge was a bit wonky.

Fire Case End Cut

So I trimmed it close.

Fire Case Still Fits

I turned the case right side out and checked the fit again. Perfect!

Fire Case Slit Cut

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.

Fire Case Stitched Seams

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.

Fire Case Flap Stitched

Next I stitched from the outer corner up to the middle top seam to make a flap. I stitched over these seams twice too.

Fire Case Flap Cut

Then I cut off the excess felt along the seams just stitched.

Fire Case Right Side Out

I turned the case right side out. The flap was all wonky.

Fire Case Flap Ironed

I ironed it down but then decided I didn’t want the flap as loose as it was.

Fire Case Flap Stitched Shut

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.

Fire Case Machine Stitched Cord

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.

Fire Case Closure in Place

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.

Fire Case Completed

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!

Fire Case Completed Back

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!

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21 Responses to How To Make a Felt Kindle Fire Case

  1. rosalindmoehi says:

    Thank you, Ruth. Very helpful. What kind of machine needle do you use to sew felt?

  2. nvukadinovic@gmail.com says:

    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.

    • ruthlane says:

      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.

  3. Lyn says:

    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.

  4. zedster66 says:

    That’s really nice, Ruth! Tell Deb she did a great job dyeing the felt πŸ™‚
    And thanks for the book plug too, the button looks nice.

    • ruthlane says:

      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.

  5. Great little case Ruth. I think the colours are great too.

  6. luvswool says:

    Bright and cheerful case! So much more pleasure in it when you make your own.

  7. Really pretty felt, just perfect for the case πŸ™‚

  8. This is a very approachable project! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    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.

  10. Leonor says:

    I like this, Ruth! I often think about making a case for my Kindle Touch, let’s hope one day πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ˜€

    • ruthlane says:

      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.

    • Leonor says:

      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” πŸ˜€

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