It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do any sewing. I was finally able to carve out a couple of hours today, and I jumped on the opportunity. Sewing is wonderful therapy in between the chaos of work.
I wanted a small project that I could finish quickly. My checkbook gets so beat up floating alone in my purse, so I thought a checkbook cover would be just the thing. I dug through my stash, and I came across a beautiful blue fabric that I have been loathe to cut up. This is a fabric best enjoyed in larger pieces than what I typically put in quilts. But as a checkbook cover, I would be able to enjoy it in a better size. And I had a complementary purple for the inside. Perfect!
I followed this tutorial by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. Overall it went pretty well. I think that if I were to do this again, I would cut the rectangles of fabric 1/2 inch bigger each way so that I could use a 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the tutorial. I think that would make it much easier to close the hole left for turning it right-side-out.
The other thing I would do differently would be to fuse the interfacing to the inside fabric instead of the outside fabric. Looking back, I think that is how Amanda Jean did it; it just wasn’t very clear in the tutorial. I fused it to the outside fabric, and I think that is why the inside fabric wrinkled in the crease.
Overall, I am very pleased with the result. Especially considering this was my first sewing project. Up until now, I have only ever worked on blankets. I had fun, I learned some things, and I have a pretty new checkbook cover. It was a good afternoon.