These Bible covers were made by my friend, Becky. She modified these instructions for her tutorial below. An excellent handmade Christmas present for the kiddos. Thank you, Becky!
Follow these instructions to determine the dimensions of your Bible cover. Each of Becky’s Bible covers uses four coordinating fat quarters and can be modified depending on how much piecing together and quilting you want to do. The covers shown are made to fit the ESV Children’s Bible from Concordia Publishing House.
9. Sew through all three layers along all the seams of the top, checkerboard piece. This quilting technique is called “stitch-in-the-ditch.” The finished quilting makes a grid pattern on the lining.
14. Top-stitch along the zipper.
15. Using the leftover 3″ strips, cut two strips in the desired length for handles. Fold each in half lengthwise, right sides facing, and sew. Flip inside out, press, and sew to the top of the quilted cover piece.
17. Pin the zipper piece and the quilted cover piece together, right sides facing, matching centers.
18. Sew across the width of zipper piece, then clip the ends of the zipper near the stitching.
20. Sew together, being cautious about the corners.
21. Cut a few 2″ wide strips, sew end to end, fold in half lengthwise and press, then fold each side to the center and press. This makes a 1/2″ wide bias strip to use as binding for the inside of the cover. Alternatively, you could use pre-packaged double fold bias tape for binding.
24. Flip right side out and insert the Bible!
The covers could be even more personalized with embroidered names, initials, or cross-stitch, which Becky plans to do on the covers she made for her kids.