Quilted Zippy Kindle Pouch: kindle sewing tutorial series


And now for Kindle Fire’s casual ensemble, the quilted zippy version. With two large scraps of fabric, batting and a zipper we are going to use some basic quilting skills and precise cutting to create a simple zipper pouch. I suggest using a bold statement print like Echino’s bond to give this project a big personality.

You can easily upsize this project to accomodate an iPad or other tablet product. Just check your measurements and consider the depth of your device – leave enough room to easily pass through the zipper.


  • 2 cuts of fabric – 8 x 18.5 inches long
  • batting (felt, flannel) 8 x 18.5 inches
  • 7″ zipper
  • zipper foot
  1. Lay lining fabric right side down, layer batting, layer exterior fabric right side up on top of batting. You just made a pre-quilted fabric sandwich. Don’t eat it.
  2. Pin these pieces together so they stay in place as you quilt.
  3. Quilt the sandwich, I used straight stitches set at 3 (one longer than my machine’s default) at various angles. I also adjusted the pressure foot to the setting with the least amount of pressure. I did not use a quilting foot – but you are welcome to it!
  4. Trim the scraggly ends so your piece measures a rectangle of at least 7 inches wide x 17.5-18″ tall.
  5. Now you need to cut the length in half resulting in two pieces measuring 7″ wide x 8.75 or 9 inches tall. Any smaller than 8 and 3/8 tall will be a snug, but not too tight fit.
  6. Time to secure the zipper. Place one of the quilted sections so that the top part lines up with one zipper edge (as pictured, the zipper will lie face down to the face up fabric). Use a zipper foot to sew the  zipper in place. Refer to the instructions that came with the zipper for more help – or open your sewing machine’s manual.
  7. Repeat to the other side. If your exterior fabric is directional, like mine, make sure that both pieces are oriented the correct way  (which is with the zipper at the top of their universe…) or you will be sad and picking out stitches. And we can’t have that.
  8. I zig zagged the rough edges so the frays would not catch in the zipper. 
  9. You may wish to top stitch the zipper and quilting in place (I did on the purple one, not on the black).
  10. Unzip the zipper about 3/4. Line up the two quilted pieces, right sides together and without any buckling of the zipper. 
  11. Sew along all non-zippered sides of the pouch with a 3/8″ seam allowance. You may tidy this up by serging the rough edges, zig zagging or even adding bias trim if you’re fancy.
  12. I serged. 
  13. Now turn the pouch right side out, push out the corners and stuff your baby kindle fire inside. Yippie. You’re done.

Finished measurements are approximately  8.25″ high x 6″ wide with variations possible due to your seam allowances; due to the quilted puffiness 8″ high is an exact fit.

For reference, Kindle Fire measures: 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″

If you are looking to adapt this to another device, notice that we added an extra 1.3 inches at the zipper opening to avoid scratching device.

For the purple sample I cut one piece an inch taller than the other to stagger the zipper.

Fabric and Supply Details:

  • Echino Bond in Black and Purple (fat quarters)
  • Yuwa Sweet Grid Blue (fat quarter)
  • The zippers are called Caribbean Blue. But don’t think for a minute that means your kindle pouch is waterproof or going on vacation. Though I’m reading The Lotus Eaters on mine now, so Kindle Mindle thinks it’s in Vietnam.

We have one more Kindle Fire tutorial to come. It’s for when Kindle is feeling fancy.

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