So I got a Kindle 2 for Christmas & my brother got me the standard Amazon cover. I like the cover but I after looking at some of the expensive cases online I thought I'd try to make one of my own. I wanted several things: 1) It had to close completely to keep out dirt, 2) It had to open like a book so that you don't have to take out the Kindle to use it. 3) It had to have more padding than the amazon case. 4) It had to fit snugly so it won't take up much room in my purse.
My first draft doesn't really fit the bill. At first I thought I would use just the two rectangles (outside & inside) but putting the zipper on was almost impossible. After looking at some zippered bible covers, I added the gusset with the zipper. So now it is too big, there is a gap at the ends of the zipper, and it doesn't open completely flat. I wanted to add 2 pieces of book board to the inside for protection, but seam allowance is too thick for it to fit smoothly. The plan was also to put four pieces of elastic at each corner to hold the Kindle, but I left those out when I saw it wasn't working. Without any padding it fits around the amazon case nicely, so together the two cases work well, but it's still not quite what I want.
For the next one I think I'll have the spine as a separate piece & extend the zipper to the spine, which may solve the gap problem. Anyone have any other suggestions?