Well, in the end I realized I had some pretty cute scraps of fabric I’d bought with another project in mind (which I was now fine with abandoning) and gave the old chequebook cover a try this evening. Here’s what came of it:
Outside/front (skewed off to one side to allow a peek at the inside fabric).
I had some hilarious issues with my sewing machine while making this. The tension was completely out of whack (the top stitches looked perfect while the underside looked like the sewing machine harfed up a hairball). So as I was farting around with the tension knob, it came right off! “Ha ha!”, I said. Or rather, I said the equivalent of “ha ha!” in swear words. I managed to get it back on, thankfully, and somehow got it adjusted it in a way that made it, you know, actually sew things again.
I did run into a couple problems with the project, too. First, the side (longer) seams ended up being too tight around my chequebook (so it wouldn’t fit in the cover — another “ha ha!” moment here) and I had to rip them out and re-sew them closer to the edge of the fabric to make the book fit. Second, while Jaime at Prudent Baby admits the cover is on the floppy side, I was still struck by just how floppy it truly ended up being. This also resulted in me messing about with cardboard and paper inserts that ultimately got crumpled up, got ripped, were too crinkly sounding, or slid around in the casing too much. So it could definitely use some interfacing, as Jaime originally suggested. I would even venture to say it needs it. So I might play around with mine before using it.
Thankfully I gave this one a try now, since my friend Shauna just asked me to help her make one!