Today at The Tragic Whale, we’re making a checkbook cover! Making bags all the time is super boring (j/k, I love it), so I’ve been playing around with this idea to sort of change up my monotonous sewing life.
What’s most important about any of my projects is that I’m creating something I can personally use. And while writing checks is not my #1 fave payment option, I do lose my checkbook a lot. I’m talking all the time. Just to get measurements and take pictures for this diy, it took me, like, 20 minutes to hunt the thing down. Having a cover for it will hopefully help me out.
This is our pattern (6/75 x 11 inches):
The folds are not actually important. You just need the rectangle.
You will need:
- 2 pattern-sized fabric pieces
- 2 pattern-sized interfacing pieces (I used medium)
- 8 inch piece of elastic
Let’s get started!
First, iron the interfacing to the fabric.
Place the fabric pieces on top of each other, right sides touching. Pin in place and sew almost completely around the edge.
Make sure you leave about a 2 inch opening so you’ll be able to turn your rectangle right-side out.
Snip the corners, careful not to cut through your seam. This helps the corners pop out.
Turn that sucker right-side out!
Flatten it down. Next you’ll run a line of thread down each of the short sides, but before you do, you want to tuck in the excess fabric from that hole in the seam. This will close that opening and provide camouflage it.
It should look like this:
Next we’re going to fold up the short sides 2 inches and pin them in place. This will create the pockets for the checkbook and ledger.
Remember that piece of elastic? Tuck it into the sides of one of the pockets, so it looks like this:
Sew the full length down each side of the checkbook cover. This will close the sides of the pockets as well as secure the elastic.
So you’ll have something that looks like this:
Flip the elastic around so it’s on the outside of the cover. And we’re done! Tuck in your elusive checkbook and ledger, and you’re good to go.
Use the elastic to hold it closed :)
This checkbook cover is a little on the tight side, so I’m probably going to add half an inch to the length and width of my pattern before I make any more. Aside from that, I’m really happy with how it turned out!