Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kindle Makeover

Can you see the residual nail polish
and the serious scratches?  No fun. 
I must start this post by saying that I love my kindle touch.  It's my "if you were stuck on a deserted island and could only bring one item" item.  Having all of my books in one spot that fits in my purse (I've got the Bible AND Don Quixote in a clutch!) is fantastic.  I bought the lighted leather case, which is great.  But the problem I've run into (and this might be because I'm a little neurotic when it comes to things like this) is that the case gets scratched too easily for my comfort.  Admittedly, I did get some nail polish on my case while painting my nails.  It needed to get fixed.

Love this fabric! 
I know that I wanted to update my kindle case--that it needed a serious facelift.  I just wasn't sure how to go about doing that.  After some serious brainstorming, this is what I came up with: a fabric cover in some WONDERFUL vintage-y pattern.  This process I'm sure could be used to cover tabletops, binders, clipboard, cabinets, pretty much anything!  I think that everything in my path is about get a makeover!

-fun fabric of your choosing
-spray on fabric starch
-elmer's sprayable adhesive
-credit card or something else for smoothing 

Like cardstock! 
I started out by tracing my kindle and making a pattern.  In this case, it's a simple rectangle with rounded corners, but it would just as well in whatever crazy shape you need it in.  After I cut my fabric, I ironed it and started starching! 

I starched, then ironed, then starched, then ironed, then starched, and then ironed again.  All that starching left me with a piece of fabric that was as stiff as a piece of cardstock.  I was both shocked that it worked so well (never having used starch before), and at how easy it was! 

After that, all I did was lay down some newspaper, then spray on my spray adhesive.  For a permanent bond, you need to make sure to adhere the fabric to your kindle (or whatever other surface you're beautifying) within 15 seconds of spraying.  

I stuck on my starched and spray adhesived fabric only my surface, then used a credit type card to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles--but work quick!  

I am so excited about how it came out.  I love not being able to see those ugly scratches (and my minor nailpolish spill).  

When I bought it this fabric, I wasn't sure what I was using it for--but it definitely came in handy! 

Whaddya think? 
Do you love your kindle as much as I love mine? What beautification projects have you done with your kindle? I'd love to see what you've been working on!

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