02 May 2011

ABSS Sew Along: Beautiful Balance Checkbook Cover

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Well, between packing the house, moving, unpacking, getting settled and starting a fabulous new job I missed out on the last 2 months of the Amy Butler Style Stitches Sew Along over at My Crafty Crap, but this month I did get my "bag" done. This month was the Beautiful Balance Checkbook Cover.

As I was organizing my sewing room last week I came across some fun upholstery samples that I had picked up at a thrift store a few months ago. I decided to use the 3 below.

Fabrics I chose

I'm finally starting to figure out Amy Butler's pattern writing style. I still wish there were more illustrations, but the illustrations that are there are very helpful. The instructions were easy to follow and the checkbook cover went together in just a few hours.

Finished checkbook cover inside

Finished checkbook cover outside

The problem with using the thicker upholstery fabric is once I turned it right side out it was too thick to put through the sewing machine and topstitch.

It's therefore a little fluffy and unfinished looking, but it will work great for me and I look forward to making another one with a regular quilting cotton next time.

I'm linking this post up with Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations and My Crafty Crap's montly ABSS check-in.


MamaTea said...

Nice! I like it! I'm going to learn so much from your blog. :)

Bree said...

Those fabrics look great together, too bad it's so bulky. Did you use the interfacing called for in the pattern? With the thicker/more sturdy fabric, you might have gotten away without any of it & had it turn out alright.