Kindle Case Sewing Tutorial!

We love books here at Angel Eden, reading (when we have the time) has always been a favoured pastime. But after awhile you exhaust all the space on your bookshelf, discover you can’t hide anymore under the bed and begin to wonder where on earth you’ll keep anymore books. The Kindle offers you the ability to buy and download books on a screen that is surprisingly ‘book-like’. But at the end of the day it’s still a piece of technology, where everyone looks the same. Our solution… make your own Kindle case!

What You’ll Need

Outer Fabric

Lining Fabric

Thin Wadding

2 Buttons


Pattern Paper



Step 1

We used greaseproof paper to make our pattern. You need to measure and cut out 2 rectangles measuring 17cm X 22cm. Then one smaller rectangle measuring 17cm X 8cm. Pin your pattern to your outer fabric and cut out the three rectangles.

Step 2

Sew the two larger rectangles together width ways to make a long rectangle. Then sew the smaller rectangle to one end in the same way. The smaller rectangle will become the closing flap of your case, so if using fabric with words or pictures make sure you sew it so it will face the right way up when flapped over. You should now have one long piece.

Step 3

Using your long outer fabric piece as a template, cut out a piece of lining fabric and wadding the same size.

Place your wadding down on a flat surface and cover with the lining fabric facing upwards. Then lay the outer fabric on top face down as in the picture.

Step 4

Now we need to stitch the layers together. Begin at the end with the smaller rectangle. Starting about 3cm from one corner sew all around your pieces of fabric until you come back to the side you started on. Only sew in about 3cm from the corner so you have a gap left on the side of the small rectangle to turn your piece the right way out. Trim the corners to allow for easier turning (as in the pic).

Step 6

Turn the right way out, easing the corners out as much as possible. Iron the whole piece paying particular attention to your open end. Edgestitch the open end closed.

Step 7

Sew across the two stitch lines in the outer fabric to create bends in the lining and wadding.

Step 8

Fold up the bottom of your case leaving the small rectangle free, this now becomes your flap. Machine stitch the edges together, so you’ve created a pocket.

Step 9

Sew two buttons onto the outside of your flap for decoration. On the inside sew two pieces of velcro to the flap, and the corresponding pieces of velcro to the outside of the pocket to match.

Now sit back and admire your new Kindle Case.

Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Tea Towel Book Review!

As any regular reader of this blog will know, I love upcycling! The idea of taking something old and/or unloved and giving it a new lease of life really appeals to me whilst also being environmentally and economically friendly. So when I received a copy of Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Tea Towel to review from GMC Publications I was very excited!

The book features more than two dozens projects to transform your tea towels into everything from a bag to a halter top or pair of slippers! The projects are beautifully photographed and the book itself would grace any coffee table.  Anne had recently bought a rather lovely handprinted tea towel. I often see these kind of tea towels, too expensive and pretty to want to actually use, so this book seemed like the perfect solution.

Anne chose a shopping bag as she thought this would be the most useful item for her and we set about following the instructions to repurpose and reinvent. The project was very simple and very clearly explained and the bag was finished in very little time.  The only addition to the tea towel needed was some fabric for lining and handles and any trimming you fancy.


Would I recommend this book?

Yes, I think it is a wonderful idea to take an everyday item and make it into something more interesting. It also gives a brilliant excuse to buy pretty tea towels. As I said before it is beautifully photographed and would make a lovely gift.

Could it be improved in anyway?

Erm… I can’t think of anything in particular. Infact I’d loved to see a second book with yet more ideas. Some of the projects weren’t completely to my taste, but that’s personal preference rather than a fault. I honestly think this book meets all it’s claims.

Book Details

Title: Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Tea Towel

Author: Nathalie Mornu

ISBN: 9781600595080

RRP:  £14.99

Publisher: Lark

Publication Date: May 2010

Our Great Big Chocolate Competition!!

It’s been awhile since our last blog competition, it was very successful and a lot of fun to run. So today we’re bringing you our biggest ever giveaway!!

We are also in the very lucky position (thanks to GMC Publications) of being able to offer 5 prizes which in total are worth over £100!

You may remember my last post with the yummy scrummy Fudge Cake with Ganache Drizzle? Well now you too can make this gorgeous cake plus many many more delicious offerings as we have 5 copies of the Absolutely Chocolate book to giveaway. The giveaway will end midnight Saturday 13th Nov (UK time), Good Luck!!

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