Saturday, February 2, 2013

Old School {Checkbook covers}

Maybe I am old school, but I still carry a checkbook - some of the monthly bills we have require checks.  I do occasionally use the banks online bill payment system, but generally I sit down each month with my check book.
Paying bills each month is right up there with getting a root canal - as with most houses in this economy and with growing families there never seems to be enough to go around.  But a fancy schmancy check cover makes me smile!  {Kind of like packing lunches}
I made one for myself just over a year ago; jury is still out on if that makes the whole process better.  Early this fall I promised my grandma I would make her a new one, but with fall bazaar season and Christmas the project did not arrive at the top of my 'to-do' list until last month.  And in normal Amy fashion, once I was making one there was no good reason not to make several, in fact a couple of friends have already asked for one - perfect!  
I use carbon copies for my checks and it took me a bit of wracking my brain to figure out what I had around to use as a protector between checks.  After putting one together without anything, I realized I had page sleeves that would work perfectly.  The step of getting it to stay in the 'sandwich' as you sew and then turning it ride-side out is a bit tricky, and I do not love that it looks wrinkled/creased, but it serves the purpose.  The finishing portion of this project was the most difficult: mostly being careful with the iron - keeping it away from the plastic and ribbon.

There is nothing quite like finishing a project off with the perfect funky button!

I followed this tutorial - I had no alterations because why mess with measurements that are already perfect!

Hope you have a great weekend.


  1. Ask me to show you what I did for the carbon copy..... They look very cheerful and fun!

  2. Ohhh these are beautiful! I should make one (or more!) of these! Very cute idea, and they are so nicely done!!! Very cute!!

  3. Love it!! A while ago I made a planner cover and I will totally make one of these to match!!

  4. These are cute! If anything can make paying the bills a little bit easier than I am all for it! I think these would be great little gifts to have on hand as well.

  5. So lovely!!! Love the colors and fabrics! Thanks so much for sharing.Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  6. These are really cute! I saw you at the Lines Across link party and I am your latest follower. I hope you come check out my blog too!


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