Kindle Sleeve

I got my husband a Kindle for Christmas and by special request I made him a ‘Kindle sleeve’ to keep it bundled up and safe from scratches. 🙂 It was a fun and quick project. The longest part was figuring out the measurements, but since I’ve already done that you don’t need to! 6 easy steps below. Enjoy!


  • Scrap fabric and batting (measurements are in step 1)
  • Zipper (at least 8″ long)

Step 1 – Cut the following from your fabrics and batting:

  • Backing fabric (this will be the inside lining of the sleeve; I used a thin felt fabric) – two 6.25” x 8.5” rectangles
  • Batting – two 6.25” x 8.5” rectangles
  • Top fabric – two 6.25” x 9” rectangles (the top fabric needs to be ½” longer than the backing and batting).

For one side of the top fabric, I pieced together scrap fabrics and then trimmed the final piece to measure 6.25” x 9” as specified above.

Step 2 –Make two quilt sandwiches: Sandwich the batting in between the backing fabric and top fabric; the wrong sides of the backing and top fabric should be facing the batting. Quilt the two sandwiches however you like (I quilted zig-zags for the beer print, and echoed the dia de los muertos print).

Step 3 – Iron over the extra ½” of top fabric as shown below.

Step 4 – Attach the zipper. As illustrated below, make sure there is ¼” of space between the edge of the fabric and the start of the zipper (click image to enlarge).

Sew along the zipper (align the side of your presser foot with the edge of the zipper to sew a ¼” seam).

Step 5 – Repeat the previous step, but on the other side of the zipper.

It should look like this when you’re done attaching the zipper.

Step 6 – Flip the two quilted panels together so that the right sides are facing each other. As shown below, sew a ¼” seam around the perimeter of the quilt (except for where the zipper is). Start and end your stitch with several backstitches to secure the ends of the zipper in place. Before sewing around the perimeter, make sure the zipper is at least ¾ of the way un-zipped.

Lastly, trim off any extra fabric along the edge and corners (but outside of the ¼” seam allowance) to prevent unnecessary bulges. Trim off the extra zipper as well.

Turn right side out and you’re done!

8 Responses to Kindle Sleeve

  1. Cindy January 3, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Nice!!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Stephanie Ann January 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    This is so cute!

  3. Lisa February 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Thanks for this tutorial. I made one for my brother for his birthday. He got a Nook for Christmas. The dimensions for the Nook are a little different so I actually ended up making two. The first one wasn't wide enough, so I made another one that was wider. On the second one I didn't have a zipper so I substituted Velcro all along the opening. It holds pretty well. I was proud of myself for making this simple substitution, since I have never come up with my own things. I always just follow the patterns. I may branch out… LOL!

  4. Jamie Lee March 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    Hey, I just made the Kindle Sleeve for my friend. Thanks for the easy tutorial! I used velcro at the top because I was short on time (with a 2 year old and a 14 week old "helping") and it turned out great:


  5. TeriKnits August 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Does this fit the Kindle or Kindle DX [which is what I have and is the largest version of Kindle] Thanks!

  6. Quiltingintherain August 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi TeriKnits- this sleeve fits the standard (smaller) kindle, not the DX.
    Thanks- jera

  7. Teriknits August 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Thanks Jera!

    I have the leather cover for my DX right now and am always on the look-out for something cute and little more lightweight.

  8. Anonymous April 2, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Thanks for this! I am new to sewing and this is one of the first things I have made (successfully!. Having a really easy tutorial to understand makes it so much easier, thank you again 🙂

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