Month: September 2012

eREader Cover

How to make an eReader cover

eREader Cover

I have been making these covers for the past 2 years. I think I have sold about 300 of them on Ebay. They are not hard to make. I use chip board glued to pellon and then cover them with fabric. I was making them in advance, but I have so many styles now that I make them when they are ordered. Sometimes I am up all night making these things. I have had people ask how I do it, so I guess I will share my secrets with you (or you can buy one for $25).

  • 1 piece of Pellon 11 3/8″ x 7 7/8″ for backing (I buy it at Joann’s, it is very thick and is fusible on one side. I pay $8.99 per yard)
  • 2 pieces chip board 7 3/4″ x 5″ to stabilize pellon (I buy it at Walmart.com)
  • 1 piece fabric 13″ x 9 1/4″ to cover pellon backing
  • 2 pieces craft foam 4 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ for inside (I buy it at Walmart, I think it is 1/8″ thick)
  • 2 pieces fabric 6 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ to cover foam inside
  • 1 piece pellon 1″ x 7 1/2″ for inside spine
  • 1 piece fabric 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ to cover inside spine
  • 4 pieces 5/8″ wide ribbon cut 4 1/2″
  • 1 piece 5/8″ wide ribbon cut 10 7/8″
  • Fabric Glue- I like FABRI-TAC Brand (I buy it at Michael’s or Joann’s)

 chip board

First cut the chip board and your craft foam with a razor knife. You will need 2 pieces of each.

Pellon

Next cut your Pellon. I use scissors.

pieces

Here are all the pieces.

Parts & Pieces

Glue the chip board to the Pellon. This glue is really stringy so a little goes a long way.

Glue the fabric to the spine. Make sure to glue and fold the edges over.

Glue the fabric to the craft foam. Don’t worry about the corners yet.

glue fabric

Glue the chip board. You don’t need much glue, it is really tacky.

If you use to much it gets too slippery and you have to wait for it to get tacky.

tuck edges

Glue fabric around the edges.

tuck corners

Fold in the corners. I use a tooth pick to make the fold sharp.

Glue the covered spine piece to the center.

If the corners come up, you can place a piece of card board on the corners to hold them down until they are secure.

foam

Glue the wrong side of the foam. Don’t worry about the corners yet.

glue foam

Glue the covered foam piece to the inside on the left. Use a tooth pick (see arrow) to tuck the corners under.

ribbon

Get your ribbon ready to glue on your cover.

Glue ribbon

Glue around the edges on the inside on the right.

Glue the long piece of ribbon with the shiny side of the ribbon facing up but sitting under the cover. Bring the ends around so the dull side is facing you and glue the shiny side to the cover.

Glue the 4 pieces of ribbon shiny side down.

tuck corners

Place the foam on the inside on the right and tuck the corners in with a toothpick (see arrows).

fit Kindle

On the bottom, tuck the ribbon snug around the eReader (use the toothpick).

Fit top

Slip the eReader out of the bottom straps (this is important, you need to be able to get it in and out).

Tuck the ribbons around the top (use the toothpick) the same way you did the bottom. Make sure they are a little bit looser, if they are too tight you won’t be able to get your reader in and out.

flat

Put a book (yep, a real book and hopefully a big heavy one) on top and let it dry flat for about 6-8 hours.

Walla! You are done.

 Now, if the first one doesn’t come out so hot, don’t get discouraged. You should have seen my first one. It was a glue mess! This glue thing is still tricky for me. I will get one almost done (or done) and then find a glue spot on it and have to trash it (sometimes if it isn’t to0 bad, I sell it for a discount)! You don’t want to be around to hear me when that happens.

Another day in my life.

Girl day is face painting day!

On the days that Teagan has school Delaney and I have “girl day”. We get to do girly things without worrying about the boys. She really likes to have her face painted on girl day, so today’s request was Merida and her bear brothers from the movie ‘Brave’.

 

 

I like to use Mehron face painting colors because they go on smooth and they blend easily. I use a small spray bottle to wet them and I use a Loew-Cornell 7000 round brush.

Another day in my life.