Carry your e-reader in style with this DIY stitchable cork and fabric zipper pouch!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of DMC. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own.
I am a BIG reader. I could seriously lose myself in a good book. A few years ago I tentatively asked for a Kindle for Christmas, not knowing if I would love it or hate it. You can’t beat the feel and smell of a book right? Well it turns out you can’t BUT an e-reader is the next best thing! I love being able to literally carry a library of reading material in one little electronic device! Instead of lugging a ton of books on vacation, I just load them on my Kindle. I can also bring it along on errands and waiting to pick my kids of from school – you never know when you can squeeze in some reading time!
I decided to finally make an official bag to carry my e-reader to make it easier to grab and go out the door AND have it somewhat protected. And since I plan to carry it pretty much everywhere I go, I wanted it to be cute and stylish!
And don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post!
DMC Stitchable Cork (with gold flecks-optional)
Cross-Stitch Fabric (not shown)
Zipper (not shown)
Fabric Tape (not shown)
Sewing Machine (not shown)
The stitchable cork comes in 10″x10″ sheets, plenty wide enough for an e-reader pouch. The total size of the zipper pouch will be 9″x7″ with 1/2″ seams.
Place the fabric face up on your work surface. Place the cork face down along one end of the fabric. Stitch in place with the sewing machine. Repeat with the 2nd piece of fabric and cork.
I wanted to label the pouch so I used my Silhoutte Cameo to cut out the word “read.” To do this, place the cork face down on the cutting mat. Use the Heavy Fabric setting on the cameo and a fabric cutting blade. It cut through the cork like butter!
I attached the letters to the fabric with a little bit of fabric tape to hold them in place while I stitched around them.
I also wanted to add a little bit of decorative, but simple cross-stitch to the cork base of the pouch. To do this I used a 14-count cross-stitch fabric cut into a thin strip and pinned it to the cork. I selected for shades of blue floss that were pulled straight from the fabric pattern and created an ombre look across the cork.
To remove the cross-stitch fabric, simply pull the fibers to remove them from under the stitching. Removing all of the short fibers will allow you to easily pull out the long fiber from under the stitches.
Place the zipper right side up on you work surface. Place the outer fabric face down on the zipper with the top edges lined up. Pin in place.
Place the liner fabric (8″x10″) directly behind the zipper with the top edges lined up and pin in place.
Stitch along the pink line shown above (remember the 1/2″ seams!).
When you open the fabric to see the zipper, both pieces of out fabric should be face up.
To stitch the pouch closed, first OPEN the zipper. Align the two outer pieces of fabric face to face and pin in place. Repeat with the liner fabric. Stitch around all of the edges but leave several inches of the base of the liner fabric open (pink line).
Us the opening in the fabric to pull the zipper pouch right side out. Stitch the hole in the liner closed.
Can you see the sparkle of the gold flecks??? I love how they catch the light!
Now I can carry my Kindle around in style!
Want to know more about the cork?
I have a fun giveaway where you have the chance to WIN DMC’s stitchable cork, mesh, leather cuffs, floss, and accessories! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway winner will be selected August 4th.
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Be sure to visit the other bloggers hosting projects for this series and their coinciding giveaways to increase your chances to win!
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