To make your newfangled checkbook cover, you’ll need your cover fabric, some lining fabric, and a few bits of fabric for appliqué. I used some of my lining fabric as part of my appliqué, so it would all coordinate. You’ll also want some tag board or thin cardboard, and a bit of spray fixative.
Have your checks around, because we’ll be using them to make some measurements. If you have one of those awful plastic-y bank covers for your checks, keep that too.
These instructions are for machine embroidery, but hand embroiderers can follow along ... just whip out your needle and thread when you see an embroidery machine and hand-stitch the pretty birds instead.