My daughter turned 8 back in October and we got her her own personal set of scriptures. But I’m cheap so instead of the nice big all-in-one, she got the paperback two book set. And of course it needed a case…
So I started searching for tutorials – and found this cute one over at Delia Creates – it’s actually a cover, not a case, but my daughter wanted a “case” so that’s what I call it…
Put those center panels right sides together with the interfacing on top.
Sew along that raw edge mentioned above (the right side of the picture below) also sew 5 1/2 inches over from that seam on the top and bottom, as shown in the picture below (in the picture below I sewed 6 inches but had to unpick about 1/2 inch). Then clip the corners.
When you turn it right-side out and try it on your scriptures, you should get this:
And if you have any extra lining cut it off…if you made the main fabric a little longer, you shouldn’t need to cut too much:
Other changes I made – – I added some interfacing into the strap where the handle is:
And I ran short on fabric and had 2 cuts for the strap instead of one – so I made the two seams right in the middle of the main fabric. That makes them end up on the underneath side of the case:
If you want to add piping, do that now to the main fabric. You will want to use a zipper foot on your sewing machine so you can get really close to the piping. Sew it with the raw edges lining up. Then sew on your elastic and a pencil holder if you want. You can see it all in the picture below:
On to assembly – – tuck the straps in and pin the lining on top of the main fabric. Right sides are together:
The middle flap makes it impossible to lay perfect on the edge, but you can get it pretty close:
Sew all the way around the edge, going slow and trying to keep close to the piping (still using the zipper foot), Leave an opening – – then you will turn the whole thing right-side out through the hole.
Slide your books in and then handstitch the small opening closed:
Doesn’t it look awesome?! (in part because of the awesome light box making a great photo, right?!?)
The back view – you can kind of see the strap seams:
An upclose view of the middle flap, in case you need that visual:
She even has her name embroidered on one of the inside pockets (I wanted to put it on the outside, but she denied her name on it – so I snuck it on the inside and she ended up loving it):
I love that she loves her case!