Friday, December 14, 2012

E-reader, Nook, ipad stand tutorial


Mr. Ricochet gave me a Nook e-reader for Christmas a couple years ago, and it's really been the best gift ever.  I use it everyday, several times a day.  Besides reading, I check my email, facebook, pinterest, twitter, blog comments, etc. If I could edit blog posts from it, I'd be in heaven!  But realistically, I'd never get any sleep if I could blog in bed!


When I'm sitting at the kitchen table, I usually prop my Nook up against the napkin holder.  That gives a suitable angle from which to read and type.  Then I saw this baby on pinterest:

PodPillow for Kindle / Reading Device
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This was found at DogNamedBanjo's esty store.
And then I saw this charm pack tutorial at Sewn Up by TeresaDownUnder.  It's basically the same shape, but it's a patchwork design.  The tute is lovely and well written, please check it out.

Thanks to TeresaDownUnder, I understood the basic concept on how to achieve the pyramid shape.  Here's my easy-peasy tutorial:

Start with an 11"x15" rectangle of fabric.
You can 2 such rectangles from a fat quarter.


Fold the rectangle in half, right-sides-together.
stitch along 2 sides, creating a small bag.

Open and arrange the bag as shown in this picture.
The longest side seam is in the center on the underside of the bag.

I folded down the top point until it reached the center of the square/diamond.
I pressed it down, opened it up, and stitched along the crease.

I trimmed the corners and turned the bag right-side-out.
I stuffed about 4 grocery bags into the cavity.

Then I added a cup of dried beans for weight.
TeresaDownUnder uses a cardboard insert and a weight.

I pushed all the stuffing about 3" away from the opening.

I folded over the end twice and pressed it down.

I sewed two rows of stitches, leaving a channel.
It's the perfect size for an unsharpened pencil.
Other e-reader bean bags fill a a slightly larger channel with polyfill.  

 I keep my nook in a book-like cover at all times.  
The e-reader stand works great with the cover on, or without.  
I am so pleased, and will most likely make a 100 more.  
They are so incredibly fast and easy to make. 
I'm finding I really like having my Nood in the stand, displaying a recipe while I cook.  Do you all enjoy your e-readers?  What's your brand?  What was the last book you read?  I just read the latest Spellman book by Lisa Lutz.

Happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,

6 comments:

  1. First of all, I love your new header on the blog, it's fantastic. Second, thanks for this tutorial, my kids gave me an iPad and I get the tutorial at the right time. Everything is really well explained, thank you very much! I love this project, I hope you do not mind I pinned for future reference
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
    Marisa.

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  2. So cool!! Love the fabric you used.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week :)

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  3. Father's Day gift coming up! Thanks!

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  4. I have the perfect octopus fabric I'm going to make one of these with! Thank you!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this lovely Christmas present idea. No time for housework today!!

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