How to make a pretty checkbook cover

There’s no reason why those “everyday things” can’t be lovely to look at, is there?

Maybe you don’t write a lot of checks anymore, but as a parent of little ones, I certainly do (preschool tuition, dance class, soccer). For all of those, checks are the best way to complete the transaction. When my new checks came in this week, I decided I just didn’t want to carry around that blah, dark blue, flimsy plastic cover that comes along with them.

So I made one out of a favorite fabric. It took less than 40 minutes. Here’s how you can make one, too!

Checkbook cover tutorial

 Supplies

You’ll need a fabric for the outside and the lining and a fabric for the pockets. You can use the same if you are so inclined. I used the flimsy, plastic cover to measure the size. It is 6-3/8 inches wide and 6-7/8 inches long when opened.

Checkbook cover tutorial

From outside/lining fabric cut: (2) 6-7/8 x 7-3/8 inch rectangles

From fusible interfacing cut: (1) 6-1/2 x 7 inch rectangle

For pockets:
From fabric cut: (2) 6-7/8 x 6-1/2 inch rectangles
From fusible interfacing cut: (2) 6-1/2 x 6 inch rectangles

Checkbook cover tutorial

Directions

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outside and wrong side of the pockets according to the directions. I left the lining without interfacing, but if you want a stiffer cover, just cut another piece.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Optional: round the corners. You could leave them crisp and pointy, but I chose to round mine. You don’t want to cut off much of the area of your cover, so trace a small diameter circular object.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Fold each of the pockets in half so that they are 6-7/8 x 3-1/4 inches.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Edge stitch along the folded edge of each pocket.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Align the pockets on the right side of the lining so that the raw edges match up and the folded edges are toward the center.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Place the outside piece, right side down, on top of the lining and pockets. Pin in place. Round the corners of the other layers. Sew around the perimeter with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a large opening for turning the cover right side out. (I actually left most of one side open so it would be easier to turn with all the interfacing.)

Checkbook cover tutorial

TIP: As you round those tightly rounded corners, go slowly. Move a stitch or two at a time, then lift the presser foot, leave the needle in the fabric, and turn the piece. And repeat.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Notch the corners to reduce bulk.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Turn the checkbook cover right side out through the opening. Poke out each corner. Iron flat, tucking the seam allowances of the opening under to press.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Edge stitch all the way around, enclosing the opening in the process. Again, so slowly, a stitch at a time, as you move around the rounded corners.

Checkbook cover tutorial

Well done! Something pretty for your everyday!

Checkbook cover tutorial

 

3 replies
  1. Joan A
    Joan A says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial, easy to understand. I’ve made this type of checkbook cover in the past but have added a piece of 1/2″ elastic which I secure the ends under the left and right sides of one of the pockets, the elastic is on the outside when the cover is closed. Slip the elastic over to the other side and the checkbook will remain closed all the time until you need to write another check.

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