I am so excited to be joining Restless Arrow and a great team of creative bloggers for a three day Back To School Guide series! Amber kicked it off yesterday so if you’d like to start at the beginning start there! Last year I participated as well and created a tassel pencil pouch for Emmy. This year, I am once again creating something for Emmy. I should tell you that Sawyer’s just not into creative projects and ideas like Emmy is; it has nothing to do with me wanting to make her things more than him! 😉 Last year for Christmas Emmy got her first Kindle, and she’s allowed to bring it on the bus with her to read. I thought it would be great if we made her a DIY vintage book kindle cover, something to help hide her electronic device a bit when it’s in use and protect it when it’s in her backpack.
A couple of weeks back I actually wasn’t feeling too well and had to cancel some plans to go check out Luray Caverns with some friends. I felt badly about that, so I took the time instead to do some fun creative projects with Emmy. Sawyer wasn’t too interested and went to a friend’s instead. Emmy really wanted to make a kindle cover so that she could bring her kindle back to school with her. The evening before we had sewn together and created a fun emoji pillow, and she thought we could sew the cover. She has so much more faith in my sewing skills than I do, and I knew that a kindle cover was slightly beyond my skills (or possibly not skills but patience). I found a secondary option… A vintage book!
I used an exacto knife to cut out all of the pages, and we selected a wide grosgrain ribbon to glue down (with fabric glue) the center to hide the naked binding. We had planned to use a fabric to actually cover everything, including the inside covers, but we loved the original artwork inside the book and wanted to preserve it. Ribbon was an easy solution. As you can see it was not a perfect glue job and lifted at the edges a bit. I should go back and re-glue it; just wanted to point that out in case you try to make one.On the back cover is where we planned to have the kindle held. Emmy selected a fun and colorful elastic at the craft store. We laid the kindle down and made 4 marks where our holes for our elastic would need to be placed. Using scissors, I bore 4 holes through the back cover on those marks. We pulled the elastic through one end, tied a knot which shows on the back cover, and cut the right length to reach the next hole and tie a knot. From the inside, it looks like this, and there is another strip of elastic at the top.
We had fun working on this project together and I love that it will be useful to her as she heads back to school soon. I also think it’s easier for smaller hands to hold a book like this to read, as opposed to holding a rectangular small tablet.
Thank you so much for stopping by today on this Back to School Style Guide blog hop! Next head on over to Place of My Taste to see what my girl Aniko has for you!
You can find last year’s pencil pouch post here.
And if you want to check out the whole three day lineup, here it is for you!
Primitive & Proper (You are here!)
The White Buffalo Styling Co.