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Sewing wallet - pattern and instructions for a wallet

  • Material and preparation
  • Sew your wallet
  • Design 2
  • Design 3
  • Quick guide

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Also with this instruction you can sew again your fabric remainders. If the pieces of fabric are too small to cut the patterns from, simply sew them together in patchwork style (see my Patchwork Blanket Guide). In this guide, I'll show you how to sew a simple purse. After that, I'll show you two slight variations of it, as well as a more complex stock market, which is not explained in detail.

Difficulty level 1/5
(also suitable for beginners, other models for advanced to professionals)

Material costs 1/5
(from EUR 0, - from your rest box up to EUR 30, - from high-quality fabrics with decorative material)

Time expenditure 1/5
(after creating the pattern, your first wallet will be ready within an hour)

Material and preparation

The material selection

The most suitable materials for this are not stretchy fabrics for sewing such as many linen and furniture fabrics, old jeans (no stretch) or patchwork woven cotton. I mainly use patchwork fabrics in the shape of Fat Quaters by Twisted Pirates for this tutorial

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Fat Quaters are already pre-cut fabric rectangles of cotton woven fabric, which consist of a collection. This ensures that all fabric pieces harmonize well with each other. These fabrics are particularly high quality and still very thin, which makes working immensely easier, especially if you have to sew through several layers of fabric.

It can easily be combined with different materials. Even stretchy fabrics such as jersey are quite possible, but you need some practice. Just as for thicker fabrics such as denim.

Sew your wallet

I want to be able to store two plastic cards of your choice next to each other in my purse, resulting in a rounded end size of about 9 cm in height and 12 cm in width. The wallet will consist of only two cut parts.

For the inner part I double the height and add 1 cm seam allowance on each side:

9 × 2 = 18 + 2 = 20 cm

Due to the folding technique I take the width three times and also add 2 cm:

12 × 3 = 36 + 2 = 38 cm

The inner part is cut once and reinforced when using thinner fabrics for stability with ironing insert.

For the wallet flap, I add 2 cm seam allowance to the width of the purse, ie 14 cm and the height I take double plus seam allowance: 9 x 2 = 18 + 2 = 20 cm . The flap is cut twice. Both sections can be reinforced with non-woven fabric, but it is also sufficient if one of the two pieces is stabilized.

Tip: Well ironed is half stitched! Here you can really iron a lot and save yourself trouble and work.

First, I fold the inner part left to left (ie with the "beautiful" fabric sides to the outside) in the middle together. Here you can iron already over the fold! Then I halve again in the other direction, this time without ironing. In the next step, I measure from the side bow away the desired purse width plus 0.5 cm goodwill and draw an auxiliary line on the fabric. Along this auxiliary line I sew once through all layers of fabric. Sew well at the beginning and end (ie sew extra back and forth once).

Then I unfold the two short ends and fold the long end apart with the bow in the middle and place the center exactly on the opposite seam. It can now be ironed again, so that the individual fabric layers lie nicely flat.

Now place one of the flap parts (the one without reinforcement) with the fabric side facing upwards, place the inside part (with the open ends facing down) at the same angle and place the second fabric part on it with the right side down.

Tip: Iron on the top edges 1 cm left to left and unfold them before sewing. Thus, the closing of the turning opening is easier later by the hand and the seam allowances for the wallet do not have to be cumbersome ironed.

Pin everything tight and sew a "U", starting at one long edge, over the bottom to the second long edge and back to the top. Cut off the corners in the seam allowances at an angle.

Turn the purse and shape the corners nicely. Lay the seam allowances of the turning opening nicely inwards, put them firmly in place and sew again a "U", this time a smaller one, from inside to inside along the outer edge of the flap. Thus, the simple wallet is almost done.

For this seam, you can also use a decorative stitching to your liking and taste.

For nothing to tumble out, a closure must still be attached. There is a lot to think about here: from magnetic pin to button and buttonhole sewing, everything is possible with KamSnaps. A Velcro closure is also an elegant, reliable solution.

Design 2

Just as with variant 1, I calculate the pattern and cut the fabrics. Here I extended the cut part of the flap by another 2 cm.

In this variant, I have planned a strip for passport photos. For this I used non-adhesive book cover film and a Ribsband. For two passport photos the attachment should be at least 5 cm high and go over the full bag width. I have added 1 cm, as each about 0.5 cm will be covered on the outer sides of the grosgrain ribbon.

The strip I now attach to the fabric without ironing insert. For this I measure from the edge including seam allowance 3.5 cm inwards. Remember to sew only the inside side and the side edges (again a "U"). The plastic strip must remain open on one side so you can put photos in it.

It continues exactly as in variant 1. When the inner part is finished sewn, place the piece with the photo area up in front of you, put the inner part on it and add the second flap part at the end. After sewing a "U" again, cut the corners diagonally and turn the purse.

Fold the seam allowances inwards and iron them in. Fix the individual fabric layers separately with pins.

On the inside of the flap, measure 2.5 cm from the center in the center and attach a KamSnap at this point. Close the wallet and mark the opposite point to your push button. Use the KamSnap opposite.

And also this wallet is ready!

Design 3

The third variant of the wallet has a small modification, but has a big effect.

For variant 3 I used denim, here no reinforcement is needed. The pattern is here slightly modified, and although I have cut the inner part by 2 cm narrower, so that when sewing the three cut parts of the inner part is sewn together only at the bottom and in the lateral seam allowance.

Sense of the modification is a great effect: the wallet can be unfolded and thus offers more space and easier intervention.

Quick guide

1. Create and cut pattern
2. Cut sections by adding seam allowances
3. Fold the inner part
4. Measure the width of the wallet with 0.5 cm of goodwill and draw in the auxiliary line
5. Sew along the auxiliary line
6. fold over
7. Place between the flap parts
8. Sew both long and lower short sides together - sew a "U"
9. Bevel the corners in the seam allowances
10. Turn and make a nice shape
11. If necessary attach lock
12. Close the flap with a small "u"

And done!

The twisted pirate

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