My daughter turned 8 back in October and we got her her own personal set of scriptures. But I'm cheap so instead of the nice big all-in-one, she got the paperback two book set. And of course it needed a case...
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...
Anyways, it's a great tutorial and the one I based mine off of - so you'll need to head over there for the basic measurements and directions. BUT, it's for one book. So upon further searching I came across this from A Lemon Squeezy Home:
It has a middle divider - just what I needed. Head over there to see several views of that case - it's worth checking out! BUT, there was no tutorial. So I had to figure out how to make it....
Here's a quick tutorial on the divider and a few other things I added - like the piping and pencil holder - let's get started....
As mentioned, head to the original tutorial for measurements and basic instructions. I will be showing how to make the divider.
First, you'll need to cut 4 side sleeves instead of 2, so you will have enough for the center panel. For the center panel, cut 2 lining fabric and 1 interfacing that's 8 1/2 by 14. Also, for the main cover fabric, I wish I would have made it 8 1/2 x 15 1/2 instead of 15, so that's what I would suggest.
Finish one long edge of each side sleeve. Then pin the side sleeve to the center panel, matching raw edges. Repeat for other center panel. If you want you can baste along that raw edge - I didn't.
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!