Anybody else a HUGE Harry Potter fan? I totally am, so I geeked out a bit last weekend and made these Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Kindle covers for a friend of mine! How cute are they?!
Ally, the lucky recipient of these fun bits of geekery, posted a picture to my Facebook wall back in December of a Kindle cover that looked like Harry Potter’s face, and I was totally inspired! But Ally has two Kindles (lucky lady!), so I decided to make a Ron Weasley Kindle cover as well!
And if you want to make one for yourself, all you need is glue, felt, and the ability to sew two (reasonably) straight lines with a sewing machine!
DIY Harry Potter Kindle Cover
Here’s what you need:
- felt in various colors for the embellishments
- felt in any color for the lining of the case
- felt (or any fabric) in a neutral skin tone for the exterior of the case (I used duck canvas because I couldn’t find skin-colored felt)
- tacky glue
- small paintbrush (optional)
Basically you are going to take a long strip of fabric, fold it in half, sew up both sides, and make a little “pouch” for your Kindle (or NOOK, or iPad, or whatever!).
Start by measuring the skin-toned fabric for the exterior of the case. Measure your Kindle and cut your fabric to the width of your Kindle plus one inch, and twice as tall as your Kindle, plus two inches.
The fabric in the picture above is already folded in half at the bottom of the Kindle.
Cut a piece of felt to the same size as your fabric. If you’re using 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of felt, it’s fine to make the strip of felt out of two pieces instead of one long strip of felt. If you found skin-colored felt for the exterior of your case, you can skip the additional piece of felt as a lining, unless you want your case to be a little thicker and more cushion-y.
Now it’s time to decorate! First, choose your design. I decided to do Harry and Ron so they would be a matched set. The hair, glasses, scar, and scarf on the one cover make it obviously Harry Potter, so I decided I needed something in the same style that signified Ron Weasley. Freckles were perfect! (Big ears would have worked great too, but I didn’t want anything hanging outside of the edges of the cover.)
I sketched out my designs on a piece of paper, and once I was happy with the general shape, I cut them out of appropriately colored felt.
For the scarves, I cut one giant piece of maroon felt, and then a few strips of yellow to go on top to make stripes. You could also alternate pieces of maroon and yellow, but it was easier this way and made it a bit 3D, which I like.
The next step is to glue your felt pieces to the cover fabric. I tested a bunch of glues and decided that tacky glue worked best for sticking the felt to the duck canvas. Felt can be hard to glue; glue can seep through the felt and be visible from the front. But I used a paintbrush to spread the tacky glue out in a thin layer, it didn’t seep through at all!
Lay out your felt pieces on the upper half of your cover fabric. You will be folding the fabric in half and sewing it into a pouch later, so make sure your felt is only on the top half!
After your felt pieces are glued down, glue the strip of lining felt to the other side of your skin-colored fabric. Let the glue dry for a few hours to make sure it holds really well.
Once the glue is dry on the lining and the embellishments, you need to hem the top and bottom raw edges. Fold about a 1/4″ of fabric over towards the inside at the top short edge, and sew or glue it to hem. Then repeat for the bottom short edge. Don’t hem the raw edges on the long sides, you’ll deal with those next. Once the short raw edges are hemmed, fold the fabric in half, inside out, so that all the embellishments are on the inside and the lining is on the outside. Sew a line up both edges, leaving about 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn the case right side out, and you’re done!
The Harry Potter Kindle cover was designed to cover a standard sized Kindle Keyboard.
The Ron Weasley Kindle cover was designed to fit a Kindle Fire, which is a bit thicker than a standard Kindle. Just make sure to measure your device(s) before cutting the fabric, and it will fit perfectly!
Have you guys made cases for any of your tech/devices? Remember the iPad cover and stand I made out of an old binder last year? That thing is still holding up great and I use it every day!
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I loved these so much! I made two for my teacher daughter and she is crazy about them. I made a notebook cover from Cottage Mama and adapted it to be Harry and it turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing with us!
Judi Jessop says
I would like to buy a Harry Potter Kindle cover for my grandaughter. She has Kindle HD Fire 7″. Can you let me know the cost and postage and how long it would take to arrive.
Thank you very much.
I do not need any other advertising to my e-mail address – thankyou.
Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says
Hahaha – so cute!! Nicely done! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!
Thanks so much for sharing this at Project Inspired! I pinned this to our group Party Pinboard too! Love all of the details! So cute!
katie goldsworthy says
Those are great! Perfect for kids or adults!
Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!
Victoria B. says
I cannot express how much I truly love this! I wish I would have seen this tutorial before I bout my new kindle case. I love my new case but this would be epic! Next time I am going to make this when I need a new one. Everybody that knows me already knows how big of a Harry Potter fan I am, why not show the whole world while I am reading!
Abigail Cappel says
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan!!!! Thanks for sharing these, I was hoping that you could share this post on my Sunday Link Party!! I’ll host it every week, and welcome you!
Abbi @ Seasons of a Homemaker
so cute! I love harry potter
Eva Scott says
Absolutely positively love these!! Big Harry Potter fans in this house!!
My daughter & son will freak out when they see how cute these are! They LOVE anything to do with Harry Potter!
Oh my gosh this is adorable! So unique too. Good job!
Alice (@mumsmakelists) says
Oh love these – they’re fab!
Is they’re any chance of you doing one to fit an iPad in the shop?
Jessi @ Practically Functional says
Yep! The ones in the shop can be made to fit any Kindle, NOOK, or iPad! If you click on the picture in the widget to go to the full product page, you’ll see all the size options. 🙂
Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog says
Ahhh! These are SO awesome! Love, love, LOVE!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Jessie!
Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog says
*And by “Jessie” I mean “Jessi”… sorry!!!
Jessi @ Practically Functional says
Lol, no worries! It’s spelled weird 🙂
Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says
These are so fun ! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.
Omg these are too cute!
Those look terrific. I am impressed. I think I’ll keep the idea in mind for a friend’s upcoming birthday.
[email protected] says
Jessi, these are sooo cool!! I love Harry Potter! well done 🙂
[email protected] The Better Half says
i’m a huge dork i guess too because i love me some Harry Potter!!! 🙂 these are fabulous!
Diana Rambles says
Can you believe I’ve never seen or read anything from the Harry Potter franchise? Crazy right? That doesn’t make your cases any less cute though!
ACK! I love how much geekiness you’re showing in this post. Totally love the Harry and Ron covers but I’m dying to see a Fez!
Ash @ HumberHomeProject says
These are hysterical! I love them!
ACK! I love it, I mean, really, really LOVE IT! Pinned and must do! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂 You should try to make a Luna Lovegood one! (She seems easier than Hermione!)
Cuuuuuuute! And I know Ally was super stoked about them. 🙂
Amanda @ Dreamsicle Sisters says
I know about 100 kids who would die for one of these!
A D O R A B L E!!!!!
Too cute! I LOVE my kindle fire… one of the best Christmas presents ever!!!
Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly says
I seriously gasped out loud when I saw this project!! I love it!!! 😀 I am a huuuuuge HP fan, so this is right up my alley!
Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures says