April 25, 2009

Crocheted Satchel or Purse for Kindle

Recently, I wrote about the Kindle (see HERE for that blog article). Now, to bring the creative side into things...I wanted to share a photo of the crocheted purse I made a few years ago that sat pretty much unused. It's a bit floppy to put an assortment of things in; I didn't like the way glasses, wallet, cell phone, all poked bumps in the side. But....

It turned out to be PERFECT for carrying around my new Kindle (which is also contained in its leather-like cover purchased with the reader). I can slide my phone, keys, or business card holder (with cash or credit cards) into the little pocket on the front.

This satchel was made using something I already had in my yarn stash: 100% cotton Lily Sugar'n Cream that comes in a ball rather than a skein. I used a natural beige for the body of the satchel and a verigated beige/navy for the trim around the pocket and the strap.

I am not a crochet designer, but I do tend to make things up as I go along. This item was made using double crochet. There are 30 double-crochets across and 18 rows of double-crochet from bottom to top. the strap is 60 inches long. It consists of:

Using navy/beige, make a chain 60 inches long, then make row 1) sc across.

Then using beige make row 2) double crochet across.

Then switch back to navy/beige for row 3) single crochet across.

The pocket is made of a crocheted piece that was 40 dc wide and 10 rows high. But it is placed on the purse so the rows run vertically, not horizontally. I fashioned a hole for the "hook" using the navy/beige and making a trim. I sewed the pocket to the front of the satchel with yarn.

This is an easy project for beginners who want to try making something without using a strict pattern. It is washable too.

I use this same type of cotton to make dishtowels which work better than any I can buy in the store.

Now my Kindle is ready to go with me wherever and has its own special purse.

The dimensions are:width of purse: 9 inchesheight of purse: 10 inches.
length of strap: 60 inches. Dimensions of pocket 4.5 x 5.5 h, excluding trim.

UPDATE: 6/18/09: Appalachian Morning Creativity Blog is now available to download to your Kindle! Click on this link, and you can enjoy 14 days free (including reading all past articles) and after that it is only $1.99 a month to read this blog anytime, anywhere. Automatically updated to your Kindle, as I post new articles.

UPDATE: 6/23/09: For more tips on carrying a Kindle, including practical advice for guys looking for a shirt, vest, or carrying case for their Kindle, check out the Kindle Forum.

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dosali said...

Great idea. I have a nook that needs a cover.
I crocheted some gorgeous purses last summer but there was no organization in them so this summer I'm going to crochet some organizers for them.

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