I designed a nook cover that I really like. The cover opens like a stenographer notebook and acts as a support while in use. Here are the basic directions to make your own. This design can be used for other electronic readers, but my measurements are for the Nook.
The nook is 5”x 7 6/8”. Basically I wanted to make my cover larger on three sides to protect it and have enough room to store a flashlight or clip on a flashlight. My finished cover 6 1/2 by 8 ½.
You will need:
· Three pieces of sturdy fabric like a no-wale corduroy.
Denim is a bit too smooth to allow for a good grip while holding the nook.
1 - 14” wide x 19 ½” long
1 - 4 ½” wide x 5” long.
1 - 6” x 9” can be complementary or matching fabric. Fabric with a nap helps hold your device in place
· 3 pieces of very stiff cardboard (not corrugated)
2 - 63/8” x 8 ½ “
1 - 63/8 “ x 1”.
· A piece of lighter-weight cardboard…like a cereal box – 5” x 7 6/8”; the same size as the nook
· 16 inches of 1 inch wide elastic – cut into 4 pieces – 4 inches long.
· Glue gun
· Sewing machine
· Duck tape
· Large snap
· Masking tape and marker
· Sewing needle, scissors, and thread
To make the tab closure, fold the smaller piece of fabric into a rectangle and sew the longer sides together. Move the seam to the center, and then stitch one end. Turn right side out.
Sew ½ of the snap to the front of the cover, about 2 ½ inches from the opening and centered on the cover. Do this BEFORE inserting the cardboard support.
Use duct tape to assemble the very stiff cardboard into along rectangle. The 1 inch piece will act as a spine so that there is space for the nook inside the holder. The duct tape acts as a hinge connecting the front and back. Duct tape can be used to re-enforce the bottom edges of both the top and bottom since the cover is going to be resting on either you or a table and you don’t want the edges to bend over.
Slip the cardboard into the rectangle. If you find it’s a bit loose, remove the cardboard, turn the rectangle inside out, and re-sew the side seam, taking a little deeper seam. It should be tight enough to prevent the fabric from moving, but loose enough for the cardboard support to be slipped inside without a huge struggle.
To begin assembling your cover, fold the complementary fabric around the lighter-weight cardboard. Fold in the corners first and use hot glue to hold it in place. Fold the four sides over and glue them in place. This will be a platform to which the nook will be attached with elastic.
Place the platform on top of the inside back cover and decide if you want it centered or slightly to one side. If you expect to store a clamp on light or flashlight, moving it to one side or the other will give you more room to store it. Glue the platform in place. Glue a small piece of elastic to the side of the platform to hold the flashlight.
Mark where the snap hits the tab when the device is inside, and add the other half of the snap to the tab.