Sewn Checkbook Cover

By  Elsie Vredenburg 

size: 6-3/4"x3-1/2"


  • Fabrics of choice: main fabric, 7-1/4”x7-1/2”; trim, 7-1/4”x1-1/2”; lining, one 7-1/4”x13-1/2” and two 7-1/4”x3-1/2”
  • Baby rick rack, in coordinating color, 8-1/2” lengths, two


  • Rotary cutter with self-healing mat
  • Sewing machine with coordinating thread
  • Medium-weight fusible interfacing, 7”x13-1/4”

Basic Supplies

  • straight pins, iron with pressing cloth and pressing surface, scissors, stick or tool (optional)
  • 1. Sew two small lining panels to main fabric, one on each side, with 1/4" seam. See Photos 1 and 2. Press seams toward main fabric. (Note: This panel is the "front" of checkbook cover.) Center interfacing on wrong side of panel; press following manufacturer's instructions. See Photo 3.

    Photo 1

    Photo 2

    Photo 3
  • 2. Fold long edges of trim under 1/4"; press. See Photo 4. Position trim 1" from seam on right side of main fabric. See Photo 5. Stitch along both folded edges.

    Photo 4

    Photo 5
  • 3. Stitch rick rack along both edges of trim, covering stitching from Step 2. See Photo 6. (Note: Using an open-toe foot with grooves on bottom side on your sewing machine will result in better control when stitching rick rack. Extending rick rack ends beyond fabric edges make starting easier, as some machines like to catch on smaller things.)

    Photo 6
  • 4. Matching edges, pin remaining lining panel to main panel with right sides together. See Photo 7. Machine-sew around all edges using 1/4" seam and leaving 3" opening on one end for turning. Backstitch at beginning and end.

    Photo 7
  • 5. Trim off excess rick rack ends and across corners diagonally. See Photo 8. Turn right side out. (Note: Use stick or tool to push corners out. See Photo 9.)

    Photo 8

    Photo 9
  • 6. Press well, turning opening edges to inside. Topstitch short ends, stitching opening closed. See Photo 10. If desired, use stitch-in-the-ditch method along seam between main fabric and lining to form fold line for flaps. See Photo 11.

    Photo 10

    Photo 11
  • 7. Fold flaps to inside along seam lines; press. Edge stitch down both ends of each flap. See Photo 12. (Note: Continue across gap instead of breaking threads. Backstitch at inside ends of flaps for added strength.)

    Photo 12
  • 8. Position completed checkbook cover on work surface. See Photo 13. Insert checkbook and register bases into corresponding pockets. Fold to close.

    Photo 13
  • Tip
  • 1. Having trouble when starting to machine-sew on a corner? Start on a fabric scrap instead to help get the piece started.