Zippered Kindle Cover Tutorial

September 21, 2011

Did you think I got lost in Puerto Rico??  Nope, just tan… ha!

It was a lovely time.  I share more pictures later.  Wish you could have all been there with me!

So, I’ve already done a Kindle Cover tutorial as you all know, but I made a new one with a zipper and it was too fun not to share… what can I say… I’m a giver.  I hope you enjoy it too!  This fits this specific sized Kindle… you can adjust the measurements to fit yours.  READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FIRST, PLEASE!!  It really will help!

All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated!

You will need:

2 Main fabric pieces- 12 1/2″ x 9 1/4″

2 Accent fabric pieces- 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″

4 Accent fabric pieces- 2″ x 2″

Interfacing depends on your fabrics.  If you are working with medium weight quilting cottons, then use a medium weight fusible interfacing on all of those pieces.  You do not need this interfacing if you are working with cotton canvas.  I would add fusible fleece to your outside main piece for added cushion with either types of fabric.

You will also need:

a heavy weight fusible or sew in interfacing that I show a picture of below.  Cut it 8 3/4″ x 11 3/4″

22″ zipper (not all zippers are created equal.  use the best one you can find!)

On with it!

All my stuff!

Here is a picture of the heavy weight interfacing I used…

It is really stiff.  You want something similar, but it doesn’t have to be fusible.

So, cut and fuse all your stuff.  Make sure you leave the heavy weight interfacing aside for now.

Next, fold your 4 squares into triangles and press

I sewed a little topstitch to make it seem more finished.

Place them on your accent piece like so…

Then place the other one on top right sides together.

Sew all the way around leaving an opening for turning.  Leave the opening along one of the sides and not on top of your triangle pieces.  Like so…

Clip your corners and turn right side out pressing all of your corners out really well.  Press tucking your opening raw edges in.  You now have this…

Make sure your Kindle fits!  And then pat yourself on the back when it does because you are a sewing rock star!

So, now place your accent piece onto the main piece that does not have the fusible fleece on it.  Place it 3/4″ from the sides.  If your fabric is directional, then make sure you place it on the right side of the fabric so it when it opens like a book later, it will be on the right side.


Sew this down with a 1/8″ topstitch only along the sides and not the corners.  This will give you some flexibility when putting in the Kindle.

Next.  Open your zipper all the way up and pin it along the sides with the teeth towards the inside like so.

You may have to play with it a bit to get it just so.  Sew this down using a scant (just under) 1/4″ seam allowance.  Go very slow around the corners and try to keep them as neat as possible.  You will have a hard time opening and closing your cover if your zipper gets all jumbled are the corners.  Just go slow… you can do it!  I also sewed down both ends of my zipper so it wouldn’t wiggle around freely.

Now, place your other main piece on top of the piece you just made.  Right sides together.  Pin well.

This is the trickest part so GO SLOW!  Sew all the way around leaving an opening for turning.  I actually found it was best to leave the opening at the bottom, but do it wherever you feel comfortable.  Again, the corners are the trickest part so go slow and try not to jumble your corners too badly.  This is where a better quality zipper will really count!

Clip corners and turn it right side out.  Press well!

Admire your work!!  You are almost done!  Next, put your heavy weight interfacing in through your turning hole.  Make sure it lays down nicely… especially in the corners… ask me why I know.  Ug.


If it is fusible, I put mine fusible side towards the top of the cover piece.  Press this down well.  Then close up your opening with a topstitch or a slip stitch and you are done!!  Yay!

So fun!!

Let me know if you have any questions and I will TRY my hardest to help.

Ta, loves!


Edited to add: Okay, so this Kindle is 7.5″x4.8″  So, to make this for your own Kindle, you will need to adjust for that.  So basically add 3/4″ to both short and long dimensions of your own Kindle and that will be the dimensions for your accent piece and then you can either stick with the rest of the dimensions as I made them and it will just add a bit more room around the accent piece or you can shorten that as well (assuming your Kindle is smaller than the one here).  I added 1″ to the long accent piece measurement and then I doubled the short accent piece measurement and added 1″.  For the Kindle in the picture the short accent measurement was 5 3/4″… so doubled that is 11 1/2″ then add 1″ and I got the 12 1/2″ measurement.  Hope this helps!

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15 Responses to Zippered Kindle Cover Tutorial

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  5. Stephanie on January 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you so much!! I’m making a cover for my niece’s nook and was going to put a zipper in like this. Had no clue how to do it though! Thank you for this great tutorial.

  6. Andriana on January 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

    lovely work. I want to do one for my boyfriend and i love your cover more than others I’ve found. thank you for sharing with us!

  7. Mich on December 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    As the incredibly lucky recipient of the above kindle covers….I LOVE IT! I got the green one and the brown went to my Sweet Mom who loves hers as well. Now I kind of feel famous since o made it on the blog!

  8. Whitney on December 30, 2011 at 1:08 am

    I am so excited to make this! Question- from your tutorial and the comments I am unsure what size kindle this fits. And my pattern-math is awful. So if I’m looking to make it for the 6.5×4.5″ model, would I need to scale this down a bit? Could you direct me?
    Sorry to ask you but this looks so cute, I want it to fit.
    Thank you!

    • dixiemango on December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I added an edit note!! Hope this helps you ladies!!

      • Whitney on December 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

        thank you!!!

  9. Lauren Zehr on December 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Tutorial looks awesome! What is the size and model of your own kindle?


  10. Leslie on November 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    My sister is considering getting a kindle fire, which is 7.5″ x 4.7″ (vs 6.5 x 4.5 for the original kindle). If I add one inch and one quarter inch to the accent fabric dimensions (in height and width, respectively), do you think it will still fit within the other dimensions of the case (the main fabric dimensions)? I was looking at your picture and it seems like there is more than a half inch in both directions (top and bottom) of the kindle to the edge of the case. I didn’t really want to totally re-invent the wheel with the case if I didn’t have to (different zipper length, etc)…Thanks so much!

    • dixiemango on November 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Hey there! So, yeah, I do think it will fit, it just might be a bit snug. I think the width of the zipper itself will allow for the thickness of the Kindle so you should have to worry about it no closing due to that. I might make the accent piece first and then draw out the dimensions of the main piece and before you cut it out, lay the accent piece on it and see how it looks and if there is enough seam allowance room. Hope that helps! Good luck and send pics!

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  12. Rachel Tatem on September 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Pretty simple but ends in amazing results!

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