I can feel the knitting jag I have been on fading in strength, so I decided to sew a little something to get the sewing mojo going again. I really needed a new checkbook since the plastic one they give you when you get the checks had worn out, split, and had sharp little plastic points waiting to stab an unwary hand. I had made some checkbooks some years ago for Christmas presents, and there was one leftover one after Christmas was over. When the old plastic check cover went bad, I remembered the leftover fabric checkbook and hunted it down. I liked using it so much that when the second checkbook cover went bad (I have two checkbooks), I knew I had to make another one. Here’s the first one: This was made of one of my many upholstery samples given to me by the upholstery brothers. All I had to do was go to an upholstery shop and ask if they had any old samples to get rid of, and they filled my car up to save themselves a fee at the dump.
The upholstery fabric is fabulous for this. The pockets that hold the checks and check register are made of quilting cotton on this one, and the lining is flannel. They close with velcro.
I needed a different colorway for the second checkbook so I could tell the difference right away when reaching into the purse. I chose one that was lighter. This fabric was more ravely and harder to work with and needed more rows of topstitching to prevent the seams from unraveling, but it all worked out in the end, except that the flannel lining stretched out and wrinkled a bit, I think because it was incompatible with the Pellon interfacing. Only I will see it, though, and the whole thing still works fine.
I think I changed the pattern a little, but it’s been so long that I don’t remember. Obviously, I left off the bias tape for a cleaner finish, so I must have altered it a lot. Anyway, this is an excellent booklet with patterns for all sorts of wallets and cases and is definitely worth owning.