It was time for a new scripture cover. I just got a new set, since I misplaced my last pair at a church meeting and I got tired of borrowing some for Sunday School. So, with new scriptures comes a new scripture case, courtesy of Delia.
Since I started this late in the evening, I just started pulling from my fabric stash. How fun that I had some leftover herringbone from a skirt I made (the fabric had originally been a $1 find at Goodwill, and I used this same pattern) and a yellow print from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom line. Also in the stash was fusible fleece for some extra padding and a magnetic snap. How convenient, right?
Delia’s tutorial doesn’t involve a strap and magnetic closure, but that is what I wanted for my cover. So, I cut a piece 5 1/2” x 2 1/2” out of both fabrics and some heavy weight interfacing. I ironed the interfacing to the yellow piece, and put the snap on, and sewed the fabrics into a tab. Before the main scripture cover pieces were sewn together, I made sure the other side of the snap would line up with the tab and put that on the outer herringbone fabric. I put a little piece of interfacing behind that too just to reinforce it. Then I continued as normal, putting the tab between the jacket flap and the outer fabric before I sewed it all up instead of the elastic that Delia uses in her tutorial.
I like the fusible fleece addition too, but it made it so my seam allowances got too bulky (although I did cut the fleece down to not be in the allowances… guess it wasn’t enough!) and I had to omit the final top-stitch step in order to actually fit the scriptures in. Dar be dar.
Delia had a strap that caused a minor frustration for her, so I wanted to show you how I did mine in a continuous circle. I’m using scraps for demonstration purposes, your straps will be longer :)
Delia’s straps were 2 1/2” wide for the bottom layer, and 1 1/4” for the top layer, and both at 46” long. To get continuous straps, cut your bottom strap 48 1/2” long and your top strap 47 1/4” long. I had to piece my straps to get them this long.
Take each strap and put the ends right sides together, like the picture above, making sure the strap isn’t twisted or anything. Stitch where I have the red line marked on the photo, corner to corner.
When you open it up, it will be a full circle. Trim the seam allowance and iron it nice and pretty, and then repeat with the next strap. Then you can continue with Delia’s instructions about ironing them and sewing them together and then onto the scripture cover.
The scriptures got their church debut yesterday, and it was really nice not pulling them out of a bag or anything. I think all I need now is a cute bookmark. For the record, I’m finishing up my Personal Progress, and all I have left is to finish the Book of Mormon- yay!
My only problem is, what do I do when I’m wearing that matching skirt to church??? :)