No more! I made a beautiful, BRIGHT cover for it and I’m sure to never lose it again.
For this cover, I used Kona Cotton Solids Buttercup, Tangerine, and Tarragon and made the #7 block, Birds in the Air which is on page 134 of the Farmer’s Wife book. I added a 1.5″ border around the block to make the block finish at 7″ x 7″.
- 8.5″ square – backing fabric
- 8.5″ square – fusible webbing
- 8.5″ x 5.5″ – pocket fabric*
- 2.75″ x 8.5″ – stabilizer (or 2 if you make a second pocket)
- About .75″ square stabilizer for snap
- bias tape or (3) 1.75″ x 2″ pen loop fabric
*I don’t use a registry, so I didn’t add a second pocket. If you would like a top pocket to hold your registry, make (2) 5.5″ x 8.5″ rectangles of fabric.
I made bias tape, but you could use store bought bias tape.
To make the bias tape you will need (3) 1.75″ x 2″ pieces.
For 2 pieces, fold both ends in 1/4″, and seam each edge 1/8″ in to secure.
Next, fold each of the unseamed sides in so the edges touch in the middle, press, and then fold the piece in half hot dog style & press.
These will act as your pen loops finishing at about 1/2″ x 1.5″.
For the 3rd piece, you only need to finish 1 end. The other will be caught in the seam of the checkbook for the snap.
Before attaching the pen loops iron the fusible webbing on the backside of the backing fabric.
For the loops, I vertically positioned the first bias tape piece a little to the left of the center on the backing fabric. I double stitched one end, squished the opposite end in a little to form a bridge and then double stitched again. Repeat this a few inches to the right of the first loop to make the second pen loop.
Prepare your pocket, by lining up the 2.75″ x 8.5″ stabilizer piece along one side of the 5.5″ x 8.5″ pocket fabric piece. Iron the stabilizer to the fabric, fold the non-stabilized side over the stabilized half and press again.
Place your pocket at the bottom of your backing fabric and pin or baste. Place your pearl snap piece of bias tape at the center bottom, lining up raw edges. Pin or baste in place. Stack your backing fabric and Farmer’s Wife block with right sides together, making sure the snap pieces are at opposite ends. Sew around the perimeter, leaving a hole on one side to turn through. You can use my Turning Trick to make it easier.
Turn and topstitch.
Now, if I could only find my checkbook!
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