Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Wallet Tutorial


As promised, direct from The Scrap Lab, The Summer Wallet tutorial!
First, a little bit about these wallets; they are meant to be a little loose and flexible. Perhaps I should say, they are free-spirited, ready to go at a moments notice...to the beach, a festival, fair, hike or farmer's market. Right, on with the show.

Details, details...

Materials:
Some fabric scraps
Medium weight fusible interfacing
Various trims
4" piece of narrow elastic
Button
Thread

Cutting guide:
Fabric A = cut one 9 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangle (this is going to be the outside of your wallet. I recommend using a heavier wt. fabric like home decor, denim, canvas, etc.)
Fabric B = cut one 9 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangle (inside of wallet)
Fabric C = cut one 9 1/2" X 6 1/2" rectangle (pocket 1)
Fabric D = cut one 9 1/2" X 5" rectangle (pocket 2)
Interfacing = cut one 9" X 4" rectangle

Please forgive the photos, they were taken in my dark as a mine basement sewing room, with a flash. Do click on them to magnify if you need a close up.


First, center the fusible facing on the wrong side of Fabric B and fuse following the manufacturers instructions, set aside.


Now, take your Fabric C & D rectangles and fold them in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press with an iron. You can then top stitch close to the folded edge. These are your two pockets.

Take your interfaced Fabric B and lay it right side up in front of you. Place your Fabric C pocket on top matching bottom and side raw edges. Repeat with Fabric D pocket. Pin in place, baste layers together close to the raw edges.

Twist elastic into a loop, pin to the center of the right end on top of the stack, baste in place. (With the loop part of elastic facing in)


Next, it's time to get creative! Pull out your ribbons and trims and play around with them until you are tickled with the result. Attach them to the right side of one end of your Fabric A rectangle, like so...(I just sewed on some ribbon and ric-rac)
Take Fabric A and place on top of stack right sides facing, matching all raw edges. Making sure that the embellished end of Fabric A is opposite the end with the elastic loop. Pin in place and stitch through all layers with a scant 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 3 inch opening at the top long edge for turning.


Now clip your corners.


It's time to turn your wallet right side out, taking time to shape it nicely. Turn the seam allowances of the top opening towards the inside and press thoroughly. Top stitch 1/8" around all outer edges.

Now find the center point of your wallet on the inside. I use a ruler and a fabric marker or quilting pencil to mark a line down the middle. Stitch down the line from bottom to top with a straight stitch to create divided pockets.



Fold the wallet in half and press carefully along fold on outside. Mark button placement according to elastic on front of wallet and hand sew a button to the front.



All that is left is for you to grab your essential wallet fare and head out on an adventure!



Extra Bits:
*You do not have to use all different fabrics, do whatever suits your fancy.
*Using old jeans, curtains, tea towels...for this project is a great way to recycle.
*You can choose a different closure method than the elastic. Such as; snaps, Velcro, magnetic closures and in the case of the wallet I made for myself, I added no closure at all.
*If you have any questions, or suggestions to make this tutorial better, just drop me a line.

If you make one of these wallets I would love if you emailed me a picture lolanovainfo@gmail.com.

Here is a rough sketch and reference for print out. Just click on the picture below and print.

Thank you and happy sewing!

115 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, this is fantastic! Fabric wallets in summer are so asweet. I'd love to link to this if you didn't mind.

Lexie said...

I love it and a great way to be creative with lots of scrapes! Perfect little gift too!
Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

just right project for so many fabric scraps I have!

june at noon said...

I just promised my daughter I'd make her a wallet for play and was thinking through how I'd go about making something that was simple and quick. You've done all the thinking for me. Thanks!

Mare said...

Wow I love those little wallets! I have got to concur my fear of the sewing machine....

Sarah Doyle said...

This is an awesome idea, and a perfect way to use up scraps! I'll be making some of these for my young grandchildren who love to carry around wallets with their play "dollars"! Thanks!

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My Crazy Thoughts said...

Too cute! Thank U. This wallet me perfect for the remainder of the summer trips like when I am hiking or hitting up the beach. No need to carry around the clutter!

Regina said...

Very cute wallet! Thanks for the tutorial.

Stacey said...

This project is moving to the top of my list when I get in my new house and all settled.

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so cute! so unfair for people like me who can't sew for sh*t.

Katrina said...

Just wanted to say thanks you for the tutorial.I amde one for my nephew as a holiday present and he just loved it. It was his first ever wallet.

Nina said...

Thank you for posting this! My 9 year old son might just give this a try!

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What a great lil tute!
Thanks for sharing.

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LoreLove said...

gracias, muy lindo

Kristen said...

thank you so much for posting this. it looks great, and obviously you put a lot of time and effort into sharing it with everyone. I will email with a photo when I try it.

Salihan said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I made one but I modified it a little to add more compartments. You may have a look at it here: http://salihan.com/2009/a-haunted-ikea-handmade-wallet/ -me@salihan.com

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Oh hon this is IT!!! THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME!!!

I'll let you know when I make it - have to find some funky manly-man fabrics....

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K13 said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I am going to try to make one of these. I'm new to sewing, so hopefully I can pull it off. LOL!!

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I used your pattern to make the cutest wallet! I'd been wanting to make one for some time now. Thank you SO much for sharing your pattern and contributing to my creativity!

jennifer said...

This is a great tutorial. We run a multicultural women's sewing group in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia and for the summer holidays we are doing some free workshops. On Saturday we did the summer wallet and even with some beginners it went really well. I aim to put some pictures up on our website, but it might take a little while.

http://mc2.vicnet.net.au/home/sewgroup/web/Summer2010.html

Thank you! Jennifer

janimal said...

Oh that is cool! Saving this in my project list. I made a business card holder and was wondering how to add more pockets so googled and found this. PERFECT!

Anonymous said...

Hi its a great tutorial, and i made some this weekend. Which I posted on my blog. Its a really great way to use up all the scraps.

Lindsey said...

I made one tonight. It was so fast and easy and the results look professional! I made it for my sister for her birthday. I emailed you the pictures.

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the only thing that didn't work out really well was the elastic.. english is not my first language, and i couldn't really make out how i was suppossed to do that. So i made it without ^^

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This is a great tutorial, I really wanna try this but I do not have the medium weight fusible interfacing.

Is it a must to have it or any other alternative to it? Thanks!

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