I got a nook!

I mentioned to my daughter that I thought I'd like an e-reader, but wasn't sure which one I wanted. And then this Nook arrived in my mail. THANK YOU, WINTER (and Palmer and Phil)

After registering, downloading a couple of books, transferring some of my stuff on to the Nook, and playing with it. Oh Yeah. I decided I wanted a cover. I looked at covers. Dang they are ex-pen-sive! I decided to make one of my own. I didn't want a pouch, I wanted it to open like a book. I also wanted a pocket in it to hold the cord. I also felt it would need something to give it some solidness and I didn't want to use cardboard. I decided the plastic sheet cutting board would work well.  Now it took me about 7 hours to finish. But I had to design and measure and I fixed and ate a roast beef dinner in the middle of it. So I'm guessing it really shouldn't take more than 3 hours to make one of these for your nook.

First, I started with 11 X 13 pieces of fabric and realized they were too long and cut them shorter the following is what you'll need and it should fit. My nook measures 5 X 8 inches on the outside, if you do this for another e-reader adjust your measurements to it. About 2 inches bigger than the actual reader.

Supply List:
2-9 1/2 X 13 inch fabric                                      
For pocket: 2-13 X 6 inch
Strip of fabric 9 X 2 inches for button
2-8 1/4 X 5 3/4 inch pieces of plastic
(I used the plastic from a cutting board,
available at flea markets and dollar stores)
2 squares of batting (I used 1 batting and
1 felt, cause I didn't have enough)
1/4 inch elastic
a large shank button
2 1/2 inch wide 63 inch long strip, coordinating, or matching.

1. Layer one piece of fabric on top of
the two pieces of batting and stitch
3 rows down the center about 1/4
inch apart. This will be on the inside
but it will be the "fold" of the cover
where the nook butts against.

2.Press the 9 inch X 2 inch strip wrong sides together in half, open up, press raw edges to center, fold in half and press. Stitch along the pressed edges. Pin this piece with raw ends to the outside of fabric raw edges.
Lay nook on fabric and pin strip of elastic diagonal across.

3. Lay this piece with batting on
top of wrong side of other fabric.

4. With wrong sides together
stitch along the 13 inch edge
of pocket fabric, turn and
press right side out. Lay
pocket on bottom of outside
layer and pin. Stitch around
three sides leaving top open!

5.Turn over and pin elastic over the diagonal elastic. You
will want to put your nook on
it to decide exactly where you
want these strips of elastic. I
positioned them to cover the outer
edges of my nook.

This is also where I realized my project
was too long. And trimmed it.

6. Stitch along bottom of cover to hold
your long elastic in place. Insert plastic
pushing it to bottom seam and outside
seams. Stitch 1/4 inch away from plastic
securing the top of the elastic strips.

Photo opposite shows my cover all stitched
and seams trimmed to about 1/4 inch.
I also realized here, that I didn't want my plastic
to shift on the inside. And so this leads to...
7. On outside (where pocket is) stitch one
row through center separating the two sides.

Let's make our cover pretty!

This is a double fold binding which I find the easiest. Cut a strip of fabric 2 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches longer than the combined outside measurements of your cover. Mine was 53 inches so I needed 63. Press the strip wrong sides together in half lengthwise.  Start at the center of the bottom leaving a tail of about 6 inches unsewn.
Stitch a 3/8 inch seam. When you reach a corner, Stop stitching at 1/4 inch from the edge. Backstitch. Fold binding to create a 45 degree angle, or triangle. Fold the binding over the triangle even with edges and stitch from edge to next corner. Repeat at all corners.

Stop stitching a couple of inches before beginning stitches and turn under ending edge, inserting beginning edge inside. You may need to do some trimming. Lay flat on cover and finish machine stitching.
Press out the seam and fold over to other side. Pin. Now you gotta hand stitch this part. Slide          
the needle inside the fold to keep your stitches
For the corners, fold miter opposite direction to
reduce bulk.
I used a large vintage shank button and I only sewed it to the pocket and not the cover. I want to put my
plug in that pocket. And I have a back pocket to put
my papers for analyzing my chapters, homework, whatever.
Whoopee! My nook fits and it turned out, not so bad.
A pic to show the cord fits snug inside.

You can do lots of different things with this basic
cover. Have contrasting or coordinating fabric for
binding, pocket, or the inside and outside. Use ribbon
instead of a button and tie your nook cover. Add a pocket to the inside.

You could quilt the back and front, but if you want to add the plastic, be sure you quilt the back and front separate on each piece of batting.

Cover your elastic in a coordinating fabric.

There are lots of things to make your cover OOAK. and Personalize it.


Firecracker Kid said...

Pretty print and one of my favorite colors:) Now you have your nook! Yippee!

Sugar Mountain Mercantile said...

Great tutorial Alice, but you need to make these and sell's beautiful!!
Aren't kids great?!


So clever. I had no idea what a Nook was until reading your posting ! LOL

basketsbyrose said...

Love what you have done! Great write up!

Barb said...

Great if I could only sew!


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