It’s safe to say that I love books. I grew up in a family where reading was always encouraged and still today we often discuss books we’ve recently read. The smell of books, spending hours in bookstores flipping through books and sorting books by color… sigh. So of course I was rather skeptical when the eBook market emerged. The first eBook I bought was Catching Fire in 2012. I had just finished reading The Hunger Games and wanted to start the second book right away. Patience is not a virtue I possess so I downloaded the kindle version to my iPad – which up to that date I had only used for reading knitting charts and school stuff. To be honest, reading an eBook was not as terrible as I had anticipated. I have since upgraded to a kindle paperwhite because it lets you read in the sun. Plus it is much cheaper and smaller than the iPad, so I’m not too worried about taking it to places.
While an iPad ‘feels’ like a quality product the kindle just felt and looked like a cheap made-in-China product. My solution? A cute, warm cover and case. Now it looks much more Marie-style. And it’s functional, too. You don’t have to take it out of the case for charging and the pocket can be used for dust protection when you don’t plan on using your kindle for awhile.
I followed this tutorial though I changed the seam allowances to 1/4 inch (what can I say, I grew up in a quilter family) and used thick fusible interfacing for the corners so they offer more protection for my kindle. I’m the kind of person who spills water over a one-month old macbook and drops her phone from the nightstand every other night. So interfacing for extra protection is always good when I’m around.
I’m very happy with the way this case turned out. It fits perfectly, the kindle seems to be well-protected so I can throw it in my handbag without worrying about it being damaged by keys or something. And isn’t the squirrel fabric the cutest? It’s from the “Faraway Forest” collection by Lizzie Mackay for Blend Fabrics. I got it in Washington DC last fall and I’m so happy I used it instead of just hoarding it for years – that’s what I usually do with fabrics I really, really like. The same principle also applies to yarn I really, really like.