So I started searching for tutorials - and found this cute one over at Delia Creates - it's actually a cover, not a case, but my daughter wanted a "case" so that's what I call it...
Put those center panels right sides together with the interfacing on top.
When you turn it right-side out and try it on your scriptures, you should get this:
And if you have any extra lining cut it off...if you made the main fabric a little longer, you shouldn't need to cut too much:
Other changes I made - - I added some interfacing into the strap where the handle is:
And I ran short on fabric and had 2 cuts for the strap instead of one - so I made the two seams right in the middle of the main fabric. That makes them end up on the underneath side of the case:
If you want to add piping, do that now to the main fabric. You will want to use a zipper foot on your sewing machine so you can get really close to the piping. Sew it with the raw edges lining up. Then sew on your elastic and a pencil holder if you want. You can see it all in the picture below:
On to assembly - - tuck the straps in and pin the lining on top of the main fabric. Right sides are together:
The middle flap makes it impossible to lay perfect on the edge, but you can get it pretty close:
Sew all the way around the edge, going slow and trying to keep close to the piping (still using the zipper foot), Leave an opening - - then you will turn the whole thing right-side out through the hole.
Slide your books in and then handstitch the small opening closed:
Doesn't it look awesome?! (in part because of the awesome light box making a great photo, right?!?)
An upclose view of the middle flap, in case you need that visual:
She even has her name embroidered on one of the inside pockets (I wanted to put it on the outside, but she denied her name on it - so I snuck it on the inside and she ended up loving it):
I love that she loves her case!