As opposed to a Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire or Apple iPad, the choices for a cover is limited and Barnes and Nobles wants $40 to $45 for one. I’m not paying that, so I decided to make one.
Since my 1st edition Nook is out of order the cover that I bought with it is essentially useless, so my plan is to rip it off and turn it into a new cover for my Nook HD+. Of course the new Nook has more than double the screen estate that means the material from the old cover is good enough for the front, like the smart cover (except it is not smart 😉 ).
Turns out the whole cover is glued not stitched together the two layers (synthetic leather and felt) can be separated easily. However the foam padding hold on to the plastic backing too tightly that I cannot separate it. This means the backings cannot be reused. So I had to use cardboards to make that up. Tools used are box cutter, scissors, Elmer’s glue, super glue, restickable tabs, permenant marker and clips. Elmer’s glue is applied whenever a large area needs to be glued together and super glue comes in when glueing up the corners. The restickable tabs are for mounting the finished cover to the back of the Nook.
I’ve also put some leftover synthetic leather on the right side of the Nook so the power button will not be depressed so easily, and to provide friction when the cover is used as a stand. It holds up the Nook at an angle of 15 degrees or less from vertical, and for anything more you need something heavy at the back (say water bottle) to keep it from sliding. Permenant markers are there to make the strip on the side inconspicuous.
I hope this thing will hold up against use. 🙂
P.S. I wrote something about the Nook HD+ here.