or There and Back Again with photographs

KIndle cover – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Measure your Kindle, or better, measure other Kindle cover.

Take thick cardboard. The thicker it is – the more it will survive and longer it will last. This one is designed to withstand travels all around the world and some everyday urban jungle challenges like spilled coffee.
Cut 2 different pieces – it will provide scaffold for the cover. Don’t make it too thick – it will be hard to sew it later. Don’t make it too thin as well – it will be flabby.

Kindle Cover. Don't Panic Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

2 pieces of cardboard

But cardboard alone ain’t going to make a good cover. Look for something cosy to rest your Kindle on! I found this old piece of cloth. It feels nice and is black. Perfect.

Kindle Cover. Don't Panic Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

This will make it very comfortable for The Guide.

The Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy cover

Mark the cutting lines…

...and cut it ...and glue it

…and cut it
…and glue it

Ask around in your town for someone who works with leather. They will have the best glue, much better than those available in local store. I got mine from saddler (he makes saddles – it requires really strong glue).

This is the back, don't worry too much about little gaps, you can't feel them on the final product.

This is the outside, don’t worry too much about little gaps, you can’t feel them on the final product.

This is how it looks inside

This is how it looks inside the cover

I decided to use rubber for holding the Kindle. This way you have some flexibility – different models have different sizes but with this method you can easily fit Kindle Classic and Paperwhite 3 in this cover. Glue them to another piece of fabric and then glue it inside the cover.

You will need something to hold your Kindle.

You will need something to hold your Kindle.

You also need something to hold your cover closed. Rubber is fine, again.

You also need something to hold your cover closed. Rubber is fine, again. Just glue it under this separate piece with strips holding the Kindle.

Now it's time for leather. Glue it with a little margin around.

Now it’s time for the front of cover. Glue it with a little margin around. During sewing leather is moving a bit – it’s safer to have those margins and cut them off later.

Sewing is necessary. Don't try this with hands, use machine. This one is really strong(it is designed to make saddles). It has to be strong - the needle passes through 4 layers of fabric and cardboard.

Sewing is necessary. Don’t try this with hands, use machine. This one is really strong(it is designed to make saddles). It has to be strong – the needle passes through 4 layers of fabric and cardboard.

Here it is, sewed. But there are still few things left to be done.

Here it is, sewed. But there are still few things left to be done.

The inside featuring Stanisław Lem

The inside featuring Stanisław Lem. If you don’t know him, go ahead – buy something.

After cutting the edges there were those bright edges. I covered them with some black lacquer. Works great.

After cutting the edges they were too bright. I covered them with some black lacquer. Works great.

Now it's The Guide! I found it really hard to write with brush so I used paint in the pen. Don't forget to put some protective transparent layer on the letters - otherwise they will be gone after few weeks of using this cover.

Now it looks like The Guide! I found it really hard to write with brush so I used paint in the pen. Don’t forget to put some protective transparent layer on the letters – otherwise they will be gone after few weeks of using this cover.

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  1. juli juli
    29 November 2015    

    Absolutely fantastic!!

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