3/20/11

tutorial: nook cover re-do

I have to start out by saying that my husband is awesome. For so many reasons. Probably like a million reasons. One of the many reasons that he is awesome is that he makes a point of surprising me with sweet gifts, and he always goes all out for my birthday.

This year he has outdone himself. I came home from work last week to a perfect little early birthday present sitting in my craft room.

A nook.

A NOOK!

I did some squealing, hopping, hugging, and more squealing.

And just so you don't think we are loaded and can just go buy expensive gadgets whenever we want, I want to tell you that he used money he had been saving since Christmas. So sweet.

Ok, did I brag enough on the hubs yet? I think I did.

I needed a cover for it, but all the covers at B & N (Barnes and Noble - you know, that is the lingo since I am so cool now and I have a nook) were plain. I looked at the covers, browsed the store, thought about the covers, and then had a vision. I walked quickly back to the covers and picked up this grey one

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and turned it into this:

Want to know how?

This is what you will need:
  • A Nook cover (the texture of the cover is important here. Mine had a cloth-like texture - not leather or pleather. The cloth is needed so that the Heat 'n Bond will stick)
  • Cloth scraps
  • Heat n Bond (I used extra strength)
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Paper/Pencil for making a pattern
Start by drawing out your pattern. This is what I came up with for mine.


Select your fabric.


Then fuse a small piece of each fabric to a small piece of the Heat 'n Bond.


Ok, all the prep work is done. Next, I cut out each teardrop shape out of the paper pattern to use as a stencil.


I used this stencil to trace onto the Heat 'n Bond, then cut out the piece. As I was cutting out the paper, tracing, and cutting out the fabric, I laid it out how I wanted it on my cover as I went along.


Once I had all my pieces cut out and arranged, I followed the directions on the Heat 'n Bond packaging and ironed the pieces onto the cover.


Be careful as you are ironing - the center of the cover is cardboard or something, and began to warp a bit from the heat. I just bent the cover back in shape and held it while it cooled and no permanent damage was done. Phew!


I love it. And I love my nook. And I really love my husband.

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8 comments:

  1. aw, thanks! I still have another week or so until my actual birthday, but he surprised me early!

    thanks for the b-day wishes!

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  2. How great is this!!! thank you for sharing!!!

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  3. Looks awesome and happy birthday!

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  4. So cute! Happy Birthday!! Lucky, lucky!!! Thanks so much for linking up to Try it Tuesday at DotDotDot! It totally made my day! Hope your birthday was great!
    Tasha

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  5. Happy Birthday!! I love my Nook. My cover I got from Best Buy, but it has a zipper around 3/4 of it. Plus a little area in the front of it with a zipper pocket to keep the charger for it. I love the Nook because you can check out library e-books. I will have to remember this if I get a new cover. I plan to get the NookColor & give my Nook to my son next year.

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  6. Have you thought about selling them? I love the idea but I'm lazy. lol ;)

    I shared ya link on FB.

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