The BOOKKEEPER


This is my FIRST project for Moda Bake Shop and I'm really excited to share it with you.

One of my favorite things to do besides QUILTING and CRAFTING is READING! So, for Mother's Day this year my DH bought me an Amazon Kindle. I was sooo excited to get it early and I've already read three books and I'm in the middle of two more books. I just love this new technological wonder. It's amazing. It holds over 1,500 books in one place and weighs less than a pound. Wow! So, I made this handy little pouch to protect it. If your purse is anything like mine, it needs protecting!

The BOOKKEEPER can also hold any paperback book that measures less than 9 " x 6" and isn't too thick. If the book is thicker it needs to measure approximately 5" x 7" inches. If you need a bigger size you can customize the pattern to fit whatever size book you have. Just measure the circumferences of the book and add at least an inch to the width and length to allow for the seam allowances and flap.

The BOOKKEEPER could also be used as a handy little purse or sewing pouch. You could even throw in your make-up for an overnight quilt retreat.


I hope you enjoy this project.
Here goes. . .


  • 1 Moda Honey Bun (I used Mary Englebreits Baskets of Flowers for tutorial. I also used fabrics from a few of American Jane Collections for the additional Bookkeeper Sample)
  • 10" x 18" piece of Warm and Natural Cotton Batting
  • 10" x 18" piece of fabric for lining.
  • 2 1/2" x 42" strip of fabric for binding.
  • 1 1/2" x 18" Scrap of Red for Petals
  • 4" x 7" Scrap of Green for Stem and Leaf
  • 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" Scrap of any Color you choose for Center of Flower
Applique Pattern Templates: Click Here then print the pattern templates.
Note: You can download the PDF file by hitting the download button located on the tabs above the pattern. The SCRIBD print button is hidden under the MORE button in the top left corner of the pattern box. I'm hoping this makes sense when you click on the CLICK HERE link above.

Optional: Perfect Circles by Karen Buckley




You may garnish the center of your flower with a button, if desired.



1. Begin by opening you Honey Bun and picking out 9 different strips. To vary the colors and patterns you may want to lay the strips out and preview your choices before you sew them together. Now cut your 9 strips in half on the fold line. Set aside the other half of the 9 strips you just cut. You can use them later to make a second Bookkeeper for a friend.


2. There is no right or wrong way to combine your strips just use the fabrics and colors that appeal to you. You will definitely have enough fabric to make more than one Bookkeeper, so have fun playing with the different combinations of fabric. Line them up from Left to Right.


3. Take the first strip on your left and line it up along the left edge of the batting. Make sure to allow a bit of fabric coverage on both ends of the strip. You will trim excess when you're done. Now lay your second strip on top of the first strip with right sides together (RST). Sew using a 1/4" seam. Press seam open toward the opposite long edge (right side).


4. Continue sewing on the strips and pressing open until you've used all nine strips.


5. Turn project over and trim excess fabric on both short ends.


6. This is a great opportunity to use your sewing machines decorative stitches. Of course, it may be hard to pick just 8 of your favorite stitches but have fun picking. You may want to test your choices on a piece of scrap fabric with batting underneath it, especially if you've never used your decorative stitches before. Make sure to use your walking foot when sewing, it will help keep it flat. You will also want to keep your presser foot in the middle of each seam.

Note: If your machine doesn't have decorative stitches you may stitch in the ditch.


Here's a close-up of the decorative stitches I used.


7. Once you're done sewing your stitches you'll need to square up the rectangle to 9 1/2" x 17 1/2".

8. Lay your sewn and trimmed BOOKKEEPER on top of your lining fabric with wrong sides together. Cut lining fabric to fit. Measure 6" up from the bottom and draw a faint pencil line from side to side across the width (9 1/2") of the lining fabric then sew along the pencil line.

9. Next, take the 2 1/2" strip and fold it in half, press the fold. This is your binding.

10. You will use 9 1/2" of the binding you just prepared. Sew the binding to the bottom edge of the BOOKKEEPER then fold the bottom up toward the center of BOOKKEEPER and sew an 1/8" seam to secure both sides (Refer to picture below).

11. Now attach the binding to the back of the bookkeeper using a 3/8" seam. Start at one side making sure to leave an inch of fabric at the beginning and at the end. Press binding outward and fold over and around to the front of bookkeeper. Hand sew the binding making sure to fold the binding into itself at the beginning and ending points.


12. You are now ready to begin the applique process. There are many methods you can use to apply one piece of fabric to another but in this particular case I will use the following method. It works really well for this project.

NOTE: Remember, you may use any method of applique that work's best for you.

13. For the flower petals: I like to use lightweight cardboard (cereal boxes work great, it's cheap and easily accessible) or you can use heat resistant template material. Trace the pattern on your cardboard or template plastic and then cut it out.


14. Now take one of your Honey Bun strips and trace around the petal pattern using a pencil (as seen in the picture above).

15. Cut out the petals a little more than a 1/4" outside of the pencil line (as seen in picture below).


16. For the flower center: Using the 1 1/2" Perfect Circle Template trace the circle on the 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" piece of fabric. Then cut a little more than a 1/4" outside of the pencil line.

17. Now you'll want to sew a running stitch around the circle and the petals as seen in the pictures above and below. Make sure to knot one end of the thread.

My Tip for You: When using starch I like to use a scrap of Warm and Natural batting to soak up any excess starch when I spritz small pieces of applique. When the batting has been used to the point of needing to be tossed I just throw it away and pull out another one. This helps to keep my ironing surface starch-free. You can also spray your starch into a small container and then apply it with a paintbrush. That work's really well too!


18. Spritz your pieces with a bit of starch and then place your plastic washer in the center of your circle and pull the string to gather the edges into the center. Press. When the starch is dry and stiff you'll then pop out the circle template and press again. Let cool.


19. You will repeat the same process for your 6 petals.


20. Repeat the same process for your leaf.


21. For the stem you will spritz the fabric with a bit of starch and pull the outside curve over the cardboard pattern. Then pull the opposite side over and press. Trim any excess fabric. You will tuck in the point of the stem as you applique it on to your fabric. The other side of the stem will be hidden under the petals.

22. You are now ready to arrange your applique pieces on your bookkeeper. With the flap closed you will arrange the flower petals and stem as seen in the picture above. Secure pieces in place with a few applique pins. Sew pieces down being careful not to go through to the lining. It was pretty easy keeping the stitches from going through to the lining because of the batting. I did the applique after the Bookkeeper was made so there was no worries about it being in the right position or not.




For every 9 strips of fabric you can make the outside of two BOOKKEEPERS. So that means, if your Honey Bun had 45 strips you could make 10 Bookkeepers. Wow! You could make one for you and at least nine other friends.


Happy Mother's Day to ALL the Mom's in Blogland, too!
Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!


69 comments:

Tina said...

cute project...thanks for sharing!

jen duncan said...

That is the cutest thing!!! I only thought I wanted a kindle, now I KNOW I need one, just so I can make this cute keeper for it. Thanks for the great applique tips, too!

Micki said...

That is a wonderful project and thanks for the tutorial.
Micki

Fiesta said...

Beautiful.

Vickie E said...

oh cool, I just got a Kindle for Mother's Day (my 8 year old couldn't wait til SUnday!) so now I can make a cover..awesome!

Jackie said...

So Cute!! I love it... great job!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Very cool! Love the decorative stitching and the applique.

rachel griffith said...

SUPER cute!!!
:D

Jenny Garland said...

Oh, how I love this! Great fabric choice too. My hubby has a Kindle but I may make a cover and slide the Kindle in when I borrow it. Thank you!

Tami said...

What a cute project. I think I might adjust the size and make some super cute check-book covers for me and my girlfriends! Thanks for the adorable inspiration!!

Neabear said...

This is a wonderful project! I love it. I may make it for paperback books when I read them. Thank you for sharing.

Beth said...

Oh so cute! Some day I am going to part with my precious money and get a Kindle, so I can make one of those!

Jo-Anne said...

Awesome tutorial! Thanks, Kim! :)

Sherri said...

This is just the cutest project...plus it can be used for more than one thing!

V and Co. said...

okay i'm loving the decorative stitches on for embelishments! too cute!

ferne said...

Such a cute project and I can think of many other uses, too. Thanks for sharing. I especially like the tip for using the batting when spraying starch!

Diane L said...

I just got a Kindle too. I'm going to make this this weekend. It is amazingly cute.

Kimberly said...

Happy Mother's Day and thanks for a great project!
Blessins, Kimberly

Amy - Park City Girl said...

SO cute!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Kimberly, this is really cute and a perfect gift. Thanks for sharing.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Sheri Howard said...

That is so darling, and a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Julie said...

Oh wow Kim what a darling tutorial.
I don't have a kindle but it might be good to put my Joseph Smith Study manual in.
thanks so much it is darling

Susan said...

What a great project. I'm thinking Christmas presents for my book club buddies. Thanks so much for the info.

Gayle said...

Brilliant!

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Well done! Fantastic Tutorial. Love the project! So cute. ooxx`jodi

Pat said...

GREAT idea and excellent tutorial, Kim. THANKS!!!

Rose said...

very cute, wish we could get kindle in Canada!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Kim did such a lovely project. I love it all. The stitching is amazing and it make it so unique. Love the appliqued flower too. It is so amazing.

Anne said...

Too cute Kim!!! And a wonderful tutorial!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That is the cutest little thing. Thanks!!

John said...

GREAT idea! I was just admiring my godmother's Kindle, so I may have to make her one (quickly!) for Mother's Day. One question: should you sew on / hand stitch a small binding piece onto the short 9.5" edge before folding it up and sewing the folded sides? There seems to be a piece of binding on the inside flap in your picture, but I don't see it in the directions. THANKS!

Kim said...

Hi John,

Yes, you do need to sew on a binding to the 9.5" edge before folding it up to make the pocket for the Kindle. I adjusted my instructions too. Thanks for catching that.

Kim

P.S. You read, read, and reread your instructions before posting and sometimes you miss little details.

Jean said...

OH my gosh, I just love this. Thanks so much for sharing it. I'll definitely mention this one on my podcast!

Shawn said...

Love it, Love it, Love it, so pretty and what a great idea to use the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine that I rarely use, thank you!

Thimbleanna said...

These are ADORABLE Kim! Congratulations!!!

Amanda said...

I was wondering when Moda was going to discover you! Congratulatios. I love the book keeper, and the tutorial is great!

jabeybaby said...

So cute!!

Alyssa said...

I made this last night. I didn't have enough batting for the length so mine ended up a makeup case rather then a bookkeeper. I love it. I wish I had more decorative stiches on my machine. I had to settle for a zigzag stich. Thanks for the great pattern.

Susan said...

I really wish I had a Kindle now! This is a wonderful project and will make a great gift for my Kindley friends! Thanks so much!

Karina said...

I'm brand new to the sewing scene and even I made this skirt. Thanks for keeping it so simple. Everyone looooves them (I made two)!

Svanhild said...

Love the project.... just wondering how you close it??? Can't see anthing about that.

Liana said...

Do you know if the nook will fit into this also?

Kim Walus said...

Liana,
I don't know the measurement of the Nook but the Kindle measures 5 1/4" wide by 8" in length by 3/8" thick and the Bookkeeper measures 6" x 9" so, if the Nook measures about as big as the Kindle than it will definitely fit but if it's bigger then all you would need to do is make the Bookkeeper bigger. If it's smaller then reduce the size of the Bookkeeper. I hope that answers your question.

Thanks,

Kim Walus

pixiesand said...

I made one for my mom's nook. It is so cute and easy! (Now I need to make one for my nook.)
Thanks for the recipe!

Crafter Guler said...

Cute project! thanks for perfect tutorial

Brooke said...

I just wanted to let you know that my daughter got a Kindle for her birthday in January and I made her one of these covers (and added a strap). This week, we made another one in pink and green spring colors. We love it! Thanks for posting it!

Brooke said...

I just wanted to let you know that my daughter got a Kindle for her birthday in January and I made her one of these covers (and added a strap). This week, we made another one in pink and green spring colors. We love it! Thanks for posting it!

dianne said...

OHH MYY GOOSH,,, The book keeper super cute. Thanks for the tutorial. Very easy to follow. Cheers: Dianne

Betsy said...

That is just adorable. I made a simplier quilted case, but I like yours better!

Chrysalis said...

I'd love for you to see what I did with your pattern. Check out my gallery in QCA.
http://www.quiltersclubofamerica.com/media/p/174322.aspx

Lesley said...

This was great fun to make and will easily hold my new Kobo ereader! Thanks for the inspiration!

Suzanne said...

Very cute tutorial and especially enjoyable pictures.

Kelly said...

Super cute! I think I'll try to make one for my iPad! I made something similar for my Kindle last year using blocks instead of strips, but forgot all about it when I sold my Kindle! I'm excited!! Thanks!

Susan said...

Very very cute. Thank you for sharing!

Arinaste Bersinar Craft said...

Very cute... and thanks for the tutorial

tspoon said...

I just finished one for my aunt's birthday tomorrow. So quick, easy, and cuuute. Did mine patchwork, but I love it. My next one for my tablet I plan on doing a small block in front. Thank you for sharing. My daughter will get one for her tsblet come Christmas.

Unknown said...

Hi Kim, LOVE this recipe...would really like to do it this weekend but I am having a heck of a time downloading the template for this. Any chance you can send via email?
Thank you!
Peggy

Shannon said...

I made one of these in spring colors late last year and made another just this past week in fall colors - thanks for the tutorial!

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Peggy,

Please visit this site and download the latest version of Adobe Reader. This should solve your problem. Thanks!

http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Domestic Moose said...

Thanks for this. I made one for my mother in law for Christmas.

Sher said...

I just found this on Pinterest. Thanks for posting this tutorial. I just got a new sewing machine and have been dying to try out my new decorative stitches! It will be perfect for my ebook too.

projectsgalor said...

THANK YOU for sharing. I saw this on pinterest and fell in love.

Ellen said...

Seems to be impossible to download applique without paying now - minimum of $5 for access for one day to get the applique pattern is a bit steep. Suggest looking for alternative locations for the files - maybe a public location in dropbox or google docs would work better

Joy said...

Am making this for a friend. I was able to copy and paste the applique image into my publisher, after going round the houses trying to download!
Joy UK xx

Val said...

Lovely project.Thanks.

Allie said...

I LOVE this - but unfortunately scribd wants money now to download. Bummer...it's really cute!

shemie said...

I saved the template as a photo and printed it from my saved file :-)

Grace Notes said...

I'm excited to try this pattern so that I can use some of the decorative stitches and also have a reason to buy those fun looking jelly rolls I've been admiring. ! I'm using Mom's Pfaff sewing machine which does more things than any machine I've ever used. I'm going to modify the pattern to make a sunglasses case for her. The flower will be my first try at applique. Not only is this project as cute and colorful as can be, it is a way that I can learn some new techniques before I take on a larger quilting project. Thank you! I love this!

Rosella said...

I want to try this but am unfamiliar with "honey bun strips". How wide are they? I've looked on line and I think they are 1.5 inches wide - is that correct? I have lots of scraps I'd like to use for this project. Thanks so much!