Looking for a quick last-minute gift for someone on your list? Don’t miss this easy-to-create DIY Kindle cover.
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I have to admit to being a “liar” right out of the gate on this post…I don’t actually own a Kindle anymore. After my years old Kindle (like the original) finally died, I grabbed the iPad and I’ve been using it for the past year. I love that the Kindle app is so seamless the experience feels exactly the same. Smart move, Amazon. Smart move. It’s a company’s dream to become the generic name for a product category (like asking for Kleenex, instead of tissue).
Now, I also have to let you know the DIY on this case is a bit THIN. I found the clutch at Target while shopping with my friends Jenn and Paula, from The Housewives of Riverton, and we could all see the possibilities…Be sure the check out their project – it’s adorable!
I was so excited to bring my $3 clutch home and add a little something to it. The thick felt is perfect for padding an electronic reader and took the HTV foil like a DREAM.
Okay. Now that all that is off my chest, I am fully prepared to share this fun “DIY Kindle cover” tutorial with you. I’ve actually got two cover designs for you today, because after I made a case to house my iPad (along with a small notebook and pen), I decided that Jay’s daughter needed one for her Kindle.
DIY Kindle Cover + Free Cut Files
The great thing about this project is that it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. You can crank out Kindle covers for everyone in your neighborhood in a day!
To recreate this project you will need:
Book Dragon Cut File PNG or SVG
One More Chapter Cut File PNG or SVG
Clutch (I purchased my felt clutch at Target, but this one is similar)
Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used gold foil from Expressions Vinyl)
Electronic Cutting Machine or a VERY STEADY HAND (I use this one)
Iron or Heat Press (I’ve been won over by this one)
- Download the Kindle cover cut file you’d like to use (see supply list above).
- Upload the design to your design software and create the appropriately sized layout. I sized my designs about eight inches wide.
- Mirror the image so that the text appears backwards on the screen. Feed the heat transfer material into your machine with the glossy side down. Select HTV in the media menu and cut.
- Peel the negative space in the design off the plastic backing, leaving only the words and shapes on the clear plastic transfer sheet.
- Pre-heat the clutch you’re planning to transfer the design on for about five seconds and crease the center for reference.
- Position the design on the clutch face down so that you see it through the clear transfer sheet. Your text should be facing the right direction at this point.
- Place a thin cloth or parchment paper over the design and place a heat on top PRESSING FIRMLY into the design for 45-60 seconds OR if you have this amazing little portable heat press 15-20 seconds!
- Remove the iron and cloth. Gently peel up the transfer sheet. If the HTV continues to stick to the transfer sheet, replace the cloth and iron again making sure to apply pressure.
Note: Follow the instructions on your HTV to determine if the transfer sheet should be pulled back when the vinyl is still hot or if you should wait until it’s cooled. When using foil, I wait until it’s cool.
Don’t miss this cute take on a Target dollar spot clutch made by my friend’s The Housewives of Riverton.
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