So a while ago I saw a set of scripture covers on Pinterest that I thought were super cute and that I wanted to make. Unfortunately, it was just a picture on a blog because the girl never made a tutorial. That's okay though, because I made my own and am here to share it with you! And I took a ton of pictures to help you along the way :)
It didn't take that long, and it wasn't very hard, so if you need a quick afternoon craft this is a great one.
Step one: Gather all of your materials. You will need pins, thread, scissors, fabric (I got 1/8 of a yard and I had quite a bit of extra), your scriptures, something to measure with, and your sewing machine. If you want to do the strap, you'll also need velcro (not pictured).
Step two: Wash and iron your fabric. Since this is a washable scripture cover, you'll want to pre-shrink your fabric so it doesn't get messed up the first time you wash it. That would be sad.
Step three: Measure and cut your fabric for the main piece. My scriptures are a quad, so if you want to do a Book of Mormon or Bible separately, you will need to measure a little differently. I did mine 22 1/4" by 9 1/4". This allows for 5/8" seam allowances. The way I got this is that I pretty much measured the width of my scriptures opened up, and the length of them from top to bottom. This came to 13" by 7 1/2". Then I added 4" for each flap, plus the 5/8" seam allowances to the width, and 5/8" seam allowances to the top and bottom and then an extra 1/4" for each the top and bottom so that when you sew the flaps down, you have room to do so (it'll make sense later if it doesn't now).
Step four: Iron your fabric again if it has any bumps or wrinkles (mine did).
Step five: Measure your 5/8" seams along them top and bottom, pin them, and iron them down. Before you sew them down, make sure your fabric measures 8" from top to bottom so you have room to sew the flaps. Then sew both the top and bottom seams down. I lined them both up with the edge of my presser foot.
Step six: Fold the two sides at 5/8", pin them, iron them, and sew them at the same distance as the top and bottom.
Step seven: Fold sides over 4" and pin along the top and bottom. Iron and sew them at the tops with a 1/4" seam. Before you sew both sides at 4", fit them onto your scriptures to make sure 4" on each side will be snug. I'm not sure what happened along the way, but mine needed to be 4 1/2" on one of the sides.
Step eight: Fit onto scriptures to make sure the cover fits. If you would like, you can be done at this point. It still looks super cute without the strap. Here is a picture of mine and my sister's without the straps. Still way cute.
Step nine: If you would like the strap, continue on! Measure how long you need the strap to be. For a quad, I did 7" by 3 1/4", but I ended up cutting some off the length so it's up to you. Cut your piece out and iron it in half long ways, wrong side out.
Step ten: Sew on long side with a 5/8" seam. Trip seam and press out.
Step eleven: Turn inside out and iron flat with the seam in the middle. Turning it inside out is a bit tricky since it's only about an inch wide, but if you use a pen it helps.
Step twelve: Turn ends under 5/8" and sew them shut. After I did one end, I made sure it was going to be the proper length for the case by putting the case back on my scriptures and holding the strap where I wanted it to be. This is where I ended up cutting a bit off of one end. But it's up to you how far in or out you want the velcro to be on the flaps.
Step thirteen: Cut a small square of velcro (both the fuzzy and pokey sides). Sew one of the sides onto the top of the strap. Make sure you put it on the top of the strap where you can't see the seam or you'll end up having to take it off and put it back on like I did so the seam wouldn't show on the final product.
Step fourteen: Put the case on your scriptures and pin the strap (the end that doesn't have velcro on it) where you want it to be. Again, make sure you put the strap the right way or you'll have to redo it like me! Sew the strap on. And be careful sewing the strap on because it's tricky not to sew both layers of the cover.
Step fifteen: Almost done! With your cover on your scriptures, pull the strap to the inside and see where you need the other piece of velcro to go so that the closure actually will fit your scriptures. Pin and sew.
And voila! You are finished and have a very nice new scripture cover. You can even make multiples to match different church outfits. Have fun!