Today, I finished the Scripture cover tutorial for you like I promised in the last post. They are so much fun to make plus they can dress up pretty boring looking scriptures! This tutorial is for the regular sized Quad scriptures.
You will need: (2) main pieces of fabric that measure 19 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches, (2) pieces of iron on interfacing also measuring 19 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches, (2) pieces of fabric, I used contrasting fabric, for an inside sleeve that measure 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches, (2) more pieces of fabric for another inside sleeve that measure 8 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches, (2) pieces of fabric for a pocket that measure 3 inches by 5 inches, (1) long piece of fabric, also contrasting, that measures 19 1/2 inches by 4 inches, and lastly (1) long piece of iron on interfacing that measures 2 inches by 19 1/2 inches.
To begin, iron the interfacing to the back side of both pieces of main fabric. Now take your long strip of contrasting fabric and iron the long piece of interfacing straight down the middle of the back side. Next draw a line down the center of the interfacing.
Fold up the bottom of the fabric to the line and iron.
Then fold down the top part of the fabric and iron it down. This makes the fun contrasting strip that will run down the middle of the cover.
Pin the strip of contrasting fabric down the center of one of the main pieces of fabric and sew a seam as close to the edge as you dare down both sides. Place both pieces of main fabric together so that you can cut the ends of one side toward a point. Measure 16 inches up and make a mark. Measure 2 1/2 inches in at the top and make a mark. Now take a ruler and a roller cutter and line it up and cut the angle. Do the same thing to the other side. This will make the flap that wraps around and buttons.
Next we will make the sleeves and pocket for the inside of the cover. Place them all good side to good side. The pocket you will sew a 1/2 inch seam all the way around leaving a small opening so that you can turn it inside out. Both sleeves you will only sew a 1/2 inch seam down both long sides.
Flip them all right side out and iron. For the pocket you will now sew a half inch seam along the top only. The smaller sleeve you will sew a 1/2 inch seam down both long sides. The larger sleeve you will sew a 1/2 inch seam down only one of the longer sides. Sorry you can’t really see it very well in this picture.
Ok so now we are going to start putting the whole thing together. Take the other main piece of fabric (without the strip down the middle) and lay it face up. Pin the larger sleeve on the left side with the seam side on the right. Pin the smaller sleeve 4 1/4 inches over and then pin the pocket about 1/2 inches away from that with the seam side pointing up. I placed the pocket a little lower than center because I wanted to make sure that when you put pens in it they wont stick out of the cover.
Now sew your pocket on. Sew a seam as close to the edge as you dare all the way around the 3 sides that don’t already have a seam.
Take the two main pieces of fabric and place them good side to good side and pin.
Sew a 1/2 inch seam all of the way around leaving a small opening on one of the angles so that you can flip it right side out. Flip it right side out, be sure to push out all of the corners really well and iron.
Sew a 1/2 inch finishing seam all of the way around the scripture cover.
You are almost done! Now slide your covers inside the sleeves and wrap it around. You need to mark where you would like your button placed.
I can’t remember where but I found this neat trick when sewing on the button but its great!! Slide two toothpicks under the button so that there is a slight gap. This will make it easier to button the cover. Then place scotch tape over the button to hold it in place.
Sew the button on but make sure not to push the needle all of the way through the sleeve on the other side. You don’t want to sew through the sleeve otherwise you won’t be able to put the covers of your scriptures in. Now just pull the scotch tape and toothpicks off. Put your scriptures back in and measure where you will need to have your button hole.
Cut your button hole, seal it with fray check, and then sew around it. I will be honest, before this I had never sewn a button hole! I had no idea how to do it!! So I searched Youtube and found thisgreat video on how to hand sew them. I’m sure it would be easier and faster to do it with your sewing machine but I was chicken so I did it by hand! It looks pretty good right!! I’m pretty proud.
Thats it! Such a great way to dress up your scriptures! Plus the nifty little pocket is so nice to have to! I hope this has all made sense! If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks so much for reading!