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A Duct Tape Kindle Cover…

Duct tape is a versatile and useful substance, from temporary repairs to leaky hoses, (garden and engine) to mending torn jeans, canvas, holding interior parts in place on POS cars and trucks, removing cat fur from clothing, repairing book bindings and making book-covers, keeping assorted things and people properly restrained. Oh, yeah, and even occasionally sealing duct work. There was an old joke around the boatyard that all you needed for most repairs were two things: duct tape and a BFH. (For those unfamiliar with the term, a BFH is a ‘Big F#cking Hammer.) The theory was simple: If it wouldn’t move, hit it with the BFH. If it wouldn’t stay put, use some duct tape… or hit it with the BFH, depending on what ‘it’ was.

Everything you need to make a duct tape kindle cover

Everything you need to make a duct tape kindle cover

I’d like to add to that list of uses creating a duct tape Kindle cover. It’s not for me; actually, a friend asked if I’d make her one. I’m taking a moment out from a much bigger and far more complicated project on the boat (which doesn’t involve duct tape; posts to follow,) to do this. And while I can attest that making a duct tape Kindle cover is not a difficult process, I figured I’d add it to the list of DIY kindle covers I’ve featured on my blog as one more option.

Step 1: These poly file folders are still an excellent starting point, as Command Strips hold to them superbly but let you remove the Kindle at any time. Cut the folder to a size that will easily cover your Kindle. You can use scissors, though I prefer cutting with a straight edge and razor on a cutting board. This folder has holes in it for clipping inside a binder, so I placed some tape on the inside to cover them and keep the tape adhesive from sticking to the Kindle once tape is added to the outside.

Step 2: Lay the folder flat on the cutting board and begin taping. I told you it’s not complicated. If the tape goes down crooked you can pull it up and straighten it. Lay the tape beyond the edges, which will make it easier to lay each row neatly, then simply trim the excess with a razor or scissors.

cutting the duct tape

Cutting the duct tape

Step 3: While duct tape has a silvery charm all its own I’ve come to appreciate an even better substance… Gorilla tape. Think of it as duct tape on steroids. While duct tape will eventually wear and break down when exposed to sun and rain, Gorilla tape is weatherproof, stickier, tougher and all around amazing. I’ve actually used Gorilla tape to wrap dock-lines as chafe gear before hurricanes, and found it still holding strong a year later. On this cover I’ve chosen to trim the edges with some Gorilla tape both for added toughness and style. To lay it straight a few discreet guide marks are a great help; once Gorilla tape goes down you won’t find it willing to move so you want to get it right the first time. Now, just attach your Kindle with some Command Strips and you’re good to go!

duct tape kindle cover

duct tape kindle cover – complete

There you have it. A duct tape Kindle cover. Stylish, simple and cheap. What more could you want?

But if you are looking for more cover ideas, check these out!

Fun, easy (and Cheap) NO-SEW KINDLE COVERS

by Evie Grundler

Would you like a beautiful new one-of-a-kind Kindle cover, but without spending lots of money, and without needing to sew? Then look no further! I’ve put together four super-cheap books that show, step-by-step, just how easily you can create your own stylish, one-of-kind covers, simply and inexpensively, using materials you already have and easy-to-find supplies. Make your covers as stylish, playful, elegant, or rugged as you’d like.

These covers are really quite simple and easy to create — all you need are the basic crafting skills you learned in kindergarten. Over 200 photos accompany detailed descriptions guiding you through every step of the process, and these covers can be as simple or complex as you’d like.

The possibilities are endless—your only limit is your imagination. And they aren’t just for Kindles — these customizable designs work for all models of e-Readers and tablets, so once you’ve made your own, you can create wonderful personalized and unique gifts for family and friends as well.

VOLUME 1 – THE SUPER-EASY COVERS, guides you through every step from start to finish to make A Super-Simple, Ultra-Cheap DIY Kindle Cover, A Duct Tape Kindle Cover, The Padded Placemat Cover, and The “Phone Book” Stealth Cover. Only $0.99

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VOLUME 2 – THE SLIGHTLY MORE CHALLENGING (BUT STILL SUPER EASY) COVERS, guides you through every step from start to finish to make The Upcycled Hardcover, An Old Jeans Ipad (Or Other Device) Sleeve, A Durable Yet Elegant Fabric Cover, and A Stand-Up Cover. Only $0.99

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VOLUME 3 – THE SILLY AND ADORABLE PLUSH KITTY-CAT COVERS guides you through every step from start to finish to make a Kindle cover like no other. And if you’re looking to give a younger Kindle reader a one-of-a-kind gift, what could be more amusing and unique than their own plush cover. Instructions show how you can add a strap, so it can be carried like a shoulder bag as well.

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And finally, for only $1.99, you can get all the tutorials listed above in NINE DESIGNS – LIMITLESS VARIATIONS.

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It’s the “Only in New Jersey Kindle Cover” Contest!

Straight from the highways of New Jersey, it’s the coolest, most unique Kindle cover out there! Take the tough, durable black sailcloth from the convertible roof of one genuine Garden State pedigree Ford Mustang; hinge it with the extraordinarily strong webbing from that very same convertible. Line it with luxurious red satin brocade, add one genuine state of New Jersey license plate, and you’ve got a Kindle cover that’s been down the road and back!  Not only will the N.J. Mustang Kindle Cover protect the precious contents within; it’s a Kindle cover you won’t find anywhere else!

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There’s only one thing: it’s not for sale! The only way to get one of these amazing covers is to enter the “Only in New Jersey” Kindle cover contest!  It’s fun, it’s easy, and there’s no purchase necessary!  Simply email me the name of the song Annabel is singing along to in the beginning of Last Exit In New Jersey  — it’s not all that far into the free sample —  and you’ll be entered into a drawing for your choice of the amazing Mustang Kindle cover. If you prefer a more subtle style, the N.J. Mustang Kindle Cover is also available in an ‘Unlicensed’ version.

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For anyone wondering what keeps the Kindle in, it’s secured by Command strips to a smooth plastic panel within the cover. This keeps the Kindle attached firmly, yet leaves it completely removeable with not a mark left behind.

All entries must be received by September 30th. Send your answers to: cegrundler(at)gmail.com; be sure to put “Only in New Jersey” into the subject line. Emails will be numbered in order of receipt and I’ll email you back with your entry number confirmation. On Friday, October 1st a random number will be selected though Random.org  http://www.random.org/  I’ll post a screen-shot by 12 noon and announce the winner.

But WAIT!    There’s more! 

If you are the lucky winner and you also emailed me which song is playing in Stevenson’s Mercedes, (yes, you do have to read beyond the sample for that one) you’ll also receive a special bonus prize. And finally, if you’re the lucky winner and you ALSO posted a review and/or mentioned Last Exit In New Jersey on your web-site or blog, you receive TWO bonus prizes!

Note: The actual New Jersey license plate the winner receives may vary; the one pictured here once graced a former car of mine. Your cover will be made for you and you alone to fit your specific Kindle, whatever the model. No Mustangs were harmed in the making of this cover. In fact, the Mustang that generously donated its top to this contest is now sporting a new roof and looking fine.

Fun, easy-to-make SUPER BEAUTIFUL padded Kindle cover for under $7

UPDATE: While you can still find the original tutorial below, there’s a new, redesigned version of this cover, along with several other Kindle case designs, in my daughter’s book, Make Your Own Kindle Cover – VOLUME 2 – THE SLIGHTLY MORE CHALLENGING (BUT STILL SUPER-EASY) COVERS. The new version uses slightly different materials and cuts out several steps, making a cover that is even easier to construct and comes out nicer than the original design.

And here’s the original (and at one time pirated in its entirety, right down to the picture of our funny cat) post of the original design:

Pretty, isn’t it? It wasn’t very hard to make: all it takes is some basic skills most of us learned in Kindergarten.

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A little while back I threw together a super easy, super cheap cover for my Kindle, which you’ll find further down this page. It was working perfectly for me; however, as is my way, I immediately began to consider how I could improve it. First off, as some of you suggested, padding would afford the Kindle more protection. And second, I wanted something that felt a bit less… well… plastic. I wanted something a touch more elegant, something people would admire when they saw it, something more befitting my dear Kindle.  I’d watched an interesting show recently that showed how leather-bound hard-cover books were made, and I realized I could incorporate a number of those steps into creating a new cover.

There is NO sewing required. Don’t get me wrong, I love to sew; over the years I’ve acquired several vintage Singers dating from 1916 through to 1962, though my favorite is a 1930 Model 101, which I’ve used to sew everything from clothing to upholstery and boat canvas. But I know not everyone has access to sewing machines and I wanted to keep this a strictly scissors and glue kitchen table project.

diy kindle cover

Everything you need to make your own diy Kindle cover.

So here are all the components you’ll need:

1.    Rubber cement: $1.79
2.    One Poly (plastic) 2 Pocket folder: $1.99
3.    One paper folder:    $0.25
4.    One sheet of ‘Foamy’ craft foam: $0.99
5.    Four Command adhesive strips: $0.76 (out of a 16 pack)
6.    One adequate size scrap of pretty fabric from the remnant bin: $0.99
7.    Pencil, Scissors, Wax paper: (surely you have these around the house!)
8.    One small piece of medium sandpaper: (I have much of this around my house)
9.    One cup containing the hot caffeine beverage of your choice: Vital
10.    One feline supervisor: Costly though not essential – likely to interfere at wrong times
11.    A clean kitchen table: Priceless


While I am aware this collection of materials visually clash, in the end the only parts you’ll see will be one side of the poly folder and the fabric of your choosing. So long as you can fold the fabric over your Kindle with an inch border on the top, bottom and side, it’s big enough.

You could use any fabric from a pretty remnant to some faded denim cut from an old pair of jeans. Everything else shown here is structural and won’t show once the cover is completed. I recommend you read through all steps first before starting.

Note: I don’t specify any measurements because your Kindle may be a different model than mine, but the same process applies no matter the size. I could probably just trace the old one, but for demo purposes I’ll start fresh.

Got everything together? Great. To begin, place the Kindle along the folded edge of the folder. Trace around your Kindle with the pencil onto both folders. On the paper folder trace wide and on the poly folder keep the line closer to the actual edge of the Kindle.

diy kindle cover

Trace the Kindle…

The goal is for the paper folder to be slightly larger than the poly one. For demo purposes you can see on the paper folder how I’ve outlined the Kindle. On the poly folder I lined the Kindle with the upper edge; it’s one less side to cut. On the outer corners I like to round the curve, but leave it straight along the crease of the folder. However you approach it, be sure to ADD ½ INCH TO ALL OUTER EDGES to allow for the thickness of your Kindle.  Once you cut each folder out you’ll have two kindle sized folders, and again, the paper one should be the slightest bit larger than the poly one. The Kindle should fit inside with a nice edge around the outside to protect it. Take the poly folder and trace it 2 times onto the foamy. Cut that out as well.

diy kindle cover

Choose which side you’d like on the poly folder as the visible interior. This pattern is pretty but clashes with the fabric so I’ll go with the plain white as my exposed interior. Now, SAND whichever side you WILL NOT see when you open the cover.

diy kindle cover

The reason for this step is that rubber cement does not adheres well to smooth plastic. Once sanded, the rubber cement will stick like…well, you know.  Do this over a cutting board or work bench, not your 70 year old kitchen table, then wipe everything clean.


Warning #1: One key ingredient in rubber cement is acetone, which keeps things in a liquid form until the acetone evaporates. Acetone is also a key ingredient in various solvents including nail polish remover. In other words it can really mess up your manicure, so wear gloves if that matters, and cover any surface you’re working over lest you damage the finish on your dining room table. Work over some wax paper; keep that on hand as you’ll also be use it to keep the glue-coated pieces separated.

Warning #2: Work in a well ventilated space. One whiff of rubber cement takes me right back to grammar school art class where we were all given little brown tubs of it for projects. But that familiar, flashback-invoking odor is not something you should breathe too much. Perhaps excessive rubber cement exposure explains why I was rotten in math class. Rubber cement is also fairly flammable, so use proper precautions.

So, do you remember how this stuff works? It’s messy, slimy, looks like snot, (both when wet AND dry.)  Once it dries it sticks to anything else coated with dry rubber cement. The bond will be flexible and won’t become brittle. Start by coating the paper folder and foamy… those will get coated on BOTH sides, but DON’T let any pieces touch each other.

diy kindle cover

Is your tea getting cold? Stop and take a sip, then get ready; for the next step you’ll need to work fast. Have your piece of fabric close by and ready. No, I hadn’t told you to cut it, not yet; it should be at least 1 inch larger than the open folder on all sides. Coat the sanded side of the poly folder and don’t worry if any gets on the other side, it’ll peel right off. Make sure there’s LOTS of wet rubber cement on the poly, lay it on thick then QUICKLY grab your fabric and lay it WRONG SIDE DOWN onto the still wet rubber cement and press it down. Don’t worry if the rubber cement bleeds through; it’ll dry clear. Now check everything over. You may want to re-coat areas that seem too thin.

Step back, let everything (including your hands) dry. Peel any cement off  your hands… you don’t want things sticking to you as you proceed.


Lay both pieces of foamy to the outer edges of the paper folder as shown. You want a gap in the center to allow for backwards folding. Lay the paper over a sheet of clean wax paper and fold it closed, foam side out, taking care not to let the inner glue-covered sides touch.

diy kindle cover

Now lay out your fabric, glue (wrong) side up, and place the paper folder centered on the fabric as shown. Press down firmly. flip to fabric side up and smooth. Now check the edges. If any haven’t adhered as well as you’d like, this is the time to add some glue. Peel the fabric back, coat it and the foam with more glue, let them dry then smooth them down.

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Now take the fabric and flip it over. Don’t let the picture confuse you, the coral colored folder I’d been using is blue inside. Now we’re going to trim the fabric a bit. I bevel the corners as shown to make folding easier and less bulky.  Now it’s time for more glue, this time slathered thick over the exposed fabric and the inner folder, in order to be sure thing hold together nice and secure. Again, go sip some tea while you let this dry.

diy kindle cover

Starting at the corners, fold the fabric gently over the inside edge, pulling the fabric inward as you press it down. Trim away SOME fabric overlap but don’t trim too close to the edge. We’re on the home stretch now! Coat all that folder over fabric with a fresh layer of glue, be sure to work some under any folds on the corners, and read a chapter on your Kindle while it all dries.

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All dry? Smooth down any creases in the fabric, then very carefully line up the middle crease on the poly folder and align it with the crease on the now fabric covered folder then gently press them together.

homemade kindle cover

The whole arrangement will be a bit stiff to fold at first but it’s best to work it back and forth. It will relax the more you use it.  Now rub off any excess rubber cement inside the folder. Place command strips on the back of your Kindle as shown, then attach the Kindle. It’s easiest to fold it closed slightly to position it where it would best fit.

homemade kindle cover

inexpensive kindle cover

home made  kindle cover

And that’s it! If you’d like, you could even use Velcro as the fastener, I’m considering that so I could change covers from day to day if the mood hits. I’m sure this won’t be my last version, I’m already tossing around a few ideas for further improvements.  But enjoy your new and totally unique cover. Send me a picture if you’d like, I’d love to see how they come out.

And if you’re looking for more cover ideas, check these out!