Quilted Bible Carrier

Quilted Bible Carrier


Use these fabric bible cover patterns from Amy Ellis to tote your bible in style and protect it from scratches and other damage. These free sewing patterns will help you make your own quilted bible carrier.

Hear Amy talk about this Quilted Bible Carrier on FaveCrafts Radio. Read our blog post to learn more about the March 2, 2011 FaveCrafts Radio show.

Quilted Bible Carrier


  • Two fat quarters
  • A bit of white fabric for the lining (you could use a third fat quarter) Batting and interfacing
  • Pins
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Fresh needle in the sewing machine.


Get everything cut in the beginning then it goes together pretty quickly.
From your exterior fabric cut - 12 x 18″ 2 – 4 x 14″ 1 – 1.5 x 18″
Interior fabric cut – 2 – 11.25 x 10″ 2 – 6.5 x 3.5″
Lining fabric cut – 11.25 x 17″
Batting cut - 12 x 18″
Interfacing cut – 11 x 16.5″ 2 – 4 x 14″

Math Interlude:
My Bible measures 14 3/4″ (full width of cover) by 9 5/8″. This is a common size, but not the only size Bible – please take a few minutes to measure your closed Bible before getting started. If your Bible is a different size pull out the calculator

For example –
12.5 x 8″
multiply 12.5 by 1.2 = 15
multiply 8 by 1.2 = 9.6 I would probably go with 9.5

I came up with the 1.2 after crunching numbers to add seam allowance and room for bulk, I wanted to know that my crunching was similar for the width and height. If you are altering the measurements please note that I cut the exterior piece larger than needed and trimmed it down after quilting.

Back to the fun stuff! Time to quilt your exterior piece, however you desire! This one has been diagonally quilted in one inch intervals

  1. I used my ruler with a 45 degree line to mark my piece.

    Quilted Bible Carrier

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  2. After quilting trim the exterior piece to 11.25 x 17″

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  3. Handles and ties– Add interfacing to your handles, 4 x 14″ pieces, then fold it in half and iron a crease.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  4. Open the fold and iron both sides into the center,

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  5. keep your center crease sharp while pressing the sides in.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  6. Use the same method to make the tie.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  7. Back to the machine to topstitch -

    Quilted Bible Carrier

    The completed handles -

    Quilted Bible Carrier

    And ties -

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  8. I treated the ties as one until now, cut them in half for two, and on one end of each finish the raw edge. I zig-zagged over the edge, like so.

    Quilted Bible Carrier

    The pen pocket –

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  9. Sew around three of the four sides, leaving the bottom open to turn it right side out, stitch 1/4″ seam.

    Quilted bible Carrier
  10. Clip your corners

    Quilted bible Carrier
  11. Turn it right side out, and press.

    Quilted BibleCarrier
    I like to use a knitting needle to help press the seams out.
  12. To add it to the cover, prep your interior pockets.

    Quilted Bible Carrier

    Be sure to keep your height at 11.25″ and press a nice crease.
  13. Pin your pocket an inch away from the fold

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  14. Topstitch it in place

    Quilted Bible Carrier

  15. Pulling it all together – Add the interfacing to your lining piece. Time to start building! Set your lining, right side up on a flat surface,

     Quilted Bible Carrier
  16. Add the interior pockets.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  17. Add the ties at the center, and pin.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  18. Add the handles, 5″ apart is a good number for this size cover. Pin the handles in place, carefully keeping them straight.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  19. Now lay your quilted exterior piece, right side down, and pin in place.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  20. Mark an opening, about 6″ in between the pockets. Sew with 1/2″ seam, reinforcing at beginning and end. Go slowly over the handles.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  21. Clip your corners, and any extra bulk if possible.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  22. Begin to turn it right side out – you need to take your time as it unfolds.

    Quilted Bible Carrier

    Use a handle to get it started.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  23. Once right side out, begin to press the seams into place. (I actually tried it on here real quick first!) Also use a few pins from the outside to keep the layers in place while topstitching.

    Quilted Bible Carrier
  24. Topstitch all the way around the cover, this will close the opening you left to turn it right side out earlier.

    Quilted Bible Carrier

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This looks like a very nice Bible cover. Very easy instructions, I can't wait to make a few of these for Christmas gifts.

The instructions and picture diagrams is clear and easy to follow I cant go wrong thank you.

Bookmarking! I've been looking for a good tutorial on Bible covers. I'd also like to find one with a zipper, because my husband likes to carry papers, etc, in his and they fall out. Thanks again!!


This is an awesome tutorial, very clear and concise. My bible is starting to get a little frayed around the edges, so to speak, so it's time for a cover. Thanks for the algebraic formula as my bible is a bit smaller. I will probably use this pattern for a number of different projects. I have quite a few books that I use on a regular basis. Mahalo.


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