Pattern Sizing: It comes in two sizes. I made the small one: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, pretty much.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it’s the perfect accessory for the my Kindle reader. I like the snap closure and the freedom to embellish the cover however I wish. The only thing I did not like about this pattern was the ribbon that is supposed to hold the Kindle secure. I think the width, 5/8″, is too narrow. The Kindle doesn’t really stay put like it’s supposed to. You need either a wider ribbon or some wide elastic. I think I will try it with elastic next time.
Fabric Used: I used faux leather I found in the discounted scrap bin at Jo-Ann’s. I thought the fabric would be perfect for some sort of accessory such as a make-up bag or something similar. I had just enough to make this reader. The pattern calls for cardboard for the front and back inserts, but I used chipboard instead. It’s hardier and sturdier than regular cardboard. The 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of chipboard is sufficient for this project.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I decided to embellish the front because I didn’t want a plain cover. Originally, I was going to try to machine embroider some swirls onto the fabric, but that didn’t go so well. I used Ribbonwork: The Complete Guide to get some ideas and decided on a daisy motif instead. I had planned to make three flowers, but it proved to be a bit tedious, so I stopped at one.
Each petal is a 4″ strip of ribbon knotted in the middle and sewn to a base. I knotted the yellow ribbon and sewed each knot individually to the base to make the center of the flower. I created the stem by twisting the ribbon, knotting it at the bottom and sewing the knot to the faux leather. Each petal is secured with a stitch that runs underneath the faux leather. I did all of this work before I basted the fleece interfacing to the back of the faux leather.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will make this again. My dad liked it so much, he wants me to make him a similar book cover.
Conclusion: This is a really nice pattern with plenty of opportunity to spruce it up with embellishments and what-not. Very nice gift for a tech-savvy bibliophile.