Friday, February 28

Easy Checkbook Cover Tutorial

When I made my favorite tote I had a decent size piece of that pretty spotted fabric left over. Right around that time my junky plastic checkbook cover (you know, the one that came when I first opened a checking account ?? years ago) cracked. So what better time to whip up a new and MUCH prettier cover?

Here's all you need to make one:
  • 7 x 13" piece of printed duck for the outer fabric
  • 7 x 13" piece of quilting cotton for the lining
  • 7 x 13" piece of medium or heavy weight iron on interfacing
  • thread
Start by pre-washing and drying the fabrics (if you're using scraps they should be washed already). If you need to wash them do it before you cut out the 7 x 13" pieces because they edges will fray a bit and it will probably shrink a bit. Got it? Okay, now go ahead and cut out the pieces. Apply the interfacing to the back side of the outer fabric. Lay the lining on top of the outer fabric with right sides together. Pin in place.

Sew around the edges with a 1/4" seam allowance, leave a couple inches open on one side for turning. Clip the corners.

Flip it right-side out and push the corners out nice and square. Tuck in the fabric at the opening and pin it closed. Press it flat. Top stitch across both short ends with a 1/8" seam allowance.

Fold the short ends in 2 3/4" and pin in place. Stitch along the sides (the top & bottom edges in the pic below) with a 1/8" seam allowance to form the pockets.

Then stitch a 1/4" seam along the bottom of each pocket (this is just for pretty, if you like the look without you can skip it).

And you're done!

This was such an easy way to add some fun to my purse. And it was practically free since I pulled it off with scraps! :)

Have you made any pretty things for your purse?

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