Thursday, April 19, 2012

summertime wallet...a tutorial

I originally shared this tutorial when I was the guest blogger at Truly Lovely last week...head on over to Kassi & Kayli's blog and check out all of their lovely ideas...

Now, I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate doing during summer is carrying around a big ol' purse. Not only does it get in the way, but I'm always so afraid I'm going to leave it somewhere. And I'm not even going to mention how hard it is to get sand out of it if I take it to the beach...yuck.

My solution? A tiny little wallet that holds just the essentials...wanna learn how to make one?

This is a great project to use up some of your fabric scraps...and the completed wallet can be shoved into your back pocket or beach bag without getting in your way...

Here is all you will need to make this little summertime wallet...

*2 pieces of fabric at least 12"x5"
*fusible interfacing (iron-on bonding, actually...the kind that's stickable on both sides...)
*a sewing machine (or a needle & thread)
*a ruler

Now let's get started...

First, cut your fabric & bonding following the diagram below...

Next, take either your main fabric or your lining fabric, it doesn't matter, and lay it right-side-down on your ironing board. Take one of your larger (3"x4") pieces of bonding and adhere it (per the manufacturer's instructions) just to the left of the mid-point (6" mark) of your fabric (right where the orange arrow is pointing). Leave about 1/2" of fabric on both the top and the bottom of the bonding...

Lay one of the smaller pieces of bonding about 1/8" to the left of the first piece...again leaving about 1/2" of fabric on both the top and bottom of the fabric. Don't worry about measuring the placement of these's really not necessary for them to be perfectly placed..."close enough" is good enough.

Now do the same thing with the other two pieces on the right-hand side of the fabric...

When you've adhered all of your bonding, take your fabric (still right-side down) and place it on top of your other piece of fabric...make sure the fabrics have their right sides together...

Line up all of your edges and pin them together if necessary. Then sew around all four sides...using a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave an opening of a couple of inches across one of your short sides (this will be where you turn your wallet so that the right sides are facing out).

Next, remove the paper from your should see a sheen where the bonding sticky stuff has adhered to the fabric...

*Next, get me a manicure...holy cow, how yucky...*

Back to the tutorial...clip the corners of your fabric rectangle...making sure NOT to clip any of your stitches...

Now, turn your wallet right-sides-out, using a chopstick or something similar to push the corners out...

Bring your fabric back to your ironing board...iron the little pouch flat...and make sure to turn in the edges of the opening on the side, so that you have a nice crisp, straight rectangle...

Once your fabric is ironed, sew the open edge close to the edge as you can...

Bring your fabric back to the ironing board (again), fold it in half (making sure to keep your main fabric on the outside), and iron it.

Open your fabric back up again...take each short side and bring it in toward your middle fold...not all the way to the middle, just close...leave about 1/2" on either side...and iron again.

Almost done!

Sew down each long side of your fabric...with about a 1/8" seam allowance...don't forget to backstitch when you start and finish...

Now, fold your little wallet in half, and you. are. finished!

Woo hoo! Not so bad, huh?

These come together really quickly once the fabric & bonding is all cut...

I think I'm gonna make some for all of my mommy-friends for Mother's Day...

Fun and easy...and practical!

I'm linking this tutorial up to some of these wonderful parties this week...


Randi~Dukes and Duchesses Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! Great fabric choices. It would be great for carrying around all those member cards in my purse!

Tonia L Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! I never want to have to much extra junk to haul around in the summer either!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ Best Blogger Tips

These are so cute and would be a good little gift :) Thanks for sharing your tutorial! Hope you have a lovely rest of the week! xo Holly

Shirley Best Blogger Tips

I'm thinkin business cards nice to have handy to give out. Shirley

Kassi @ Truly Lovely Best Blogger Tips

Thanks again for sharing this with our readers Maggie! You're the best! Definitely plan on making several of these soon! :)

Anonymous Best Blogger Tips

this is go great, and it would be so easy to add a zipper on one side if you needed to

Kellie Best Blogger Tips

love the wallet! great tutorial and happy b-day to your sweet daughter :)

Anonymous Best Blogger Tips

Cute idea really like being able to just stick essentials in pocket especially for dr visit or medica testing where you don't want a purse to contend with. You call for fusible interfacing but the way you describe it in your instructions it sounds more like fusible bonding that just hold fabric layers together since nterfacing doesn't have paper to peel off.

Tim, Allyson, and kids Best Blogger Tips

This wallet is so cute! I can't wait to make one (or more).

We'd love for you to link up to our Finished Friday party.

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl Best Blogger Tips

Yikes! Thank you! Bonding...I will go change that right now...thanks, again!

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Oh wow, I love these...awesome fabrics too!

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Such a great idea!!

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Those are sew cute...….I'd like to invite you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Saturday Link and Greet Party(now-Sunday)…..have a wonderful weekend:)

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate Best Blogger Tips

Genius and adorable. I love the whole idea, using up scraps. and the mix of patterns. Thanks for sharing at this week's party!

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Love this. I need to make one of these for me and two of my kids.

swim naked, defy gravity... Best Blogger Tips

I know this might be a stupid question, but where can I get the bonding from? I went to my local fabric store and he gave me this stuff that I think is interfacing, not bonding. Would a place like Michael's carry bonding?

Thanks in advance!

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@swim naked, defy gravity...

Hi! Thanks so so much for your question! Usually bonding is found in rolls packaged in plastic somewhere near the notions and stuff...I think in my JoAnn it's near the velcro...It can be called Heat N Bond or something like that...I don't think Michaels would have it, though, because they don't carry fabric. If you have a terrible time finding it, just send me a note, I 'll drop some in the mail for you...;)

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I love this! Just so you know, I pinned it about an hour ago and it has been repinned already like 50 times. Good news for you right? :)


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Hey! I have been searching all day for the right bonding stuff and I can't seem to find it. If you would be willing to send me some, I would love you forever! I would, of course, compensate you. My email is Just drop me a line and I'll send you my mailing address.

Thanks in advance! I'm so excited to make these!

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Love this cute little wallet! I have lots of vintage scraps and think these would be darling with a vintage twist! Pinning your idea!

bee blessed

Emily Best Blogger Tips

beautiful!! what lovely fabric and photos! Your finished product is adorable too!

Joan@chocolateandmore Best Blogger Tips

This is such a great project! I see my 13 year old making lots of these this summer. Thanks for sharing!

Shannah @ Just Us Four Best Blogger Tips

This is a great project! I totally pinned this for when I get brave enough to start sewing. Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?

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super cute! can't wait to make this.

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Great job, it looks adorable.

Christina at I Gotta Create! Best Blogger Tips

I saw your wallets featured over at The Gunny Sack. I am so IN LOVE with your wallets!!! Love the fabrics you chose. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm definitely going to make some <3 Christina

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Thanks these are great- I have about a million ideas how to use them!

Debbie K in IL

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This would make a great passport or card holder too! Love the detailed tutorial with pictures! Thanks!

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auntie Best Blogger Tips

Love this little wallet. I just made one and I have a in the world did you keep the bonding stuff from sticking to itself when you turned the wallet inside out?? I ended up with some very weird wrinkles that I can't seem to smooth out.

Tracey Best Blogger Tips

I run a daycare and have 8 yr old girls that love to sew. They made several of these today and they came out beautifully. Thank you for your tutorial!

Amanda McEwen ~ $5 Hems and more ~ Best Blogger Tips

These would be great for allowance and a library card for little ones. I like the business card suggestion too. thatnks!

Anonymous Best Blogger Tips

This was "sew" fun and it really didn't take long at all. It was just the little project that I needed to get me back into using my sewing machine. Thanks!

Anonymous Best Blogger Tips

Made this today with my 9-year old -- the directions were so easy to follow, she loved it. Such a nice way to use up fabric scraps.

Leatheamazing Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! I just made one and it turned out awesome! I used regular interfacing to make it a little firmer and sewed a line the middle when it was finished at the fold line. I was looking for something small to match the small purse I just made and this was perfect! I'm so glad I found this pattern!

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Hi Maggie,

I am the editor of AllFreeSewing and adore this pattern. I would love to feature a description and photo of your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would just love it and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial, which is great for traffic to your site. Your project will look similar to this project already on my site.

If you are interested in featuring more projects like this one with links to your site, I'd be happy to send you our simple blogger agreement which gives us permission to link to your site. Let me know and I'll send it your way.

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Nicole'N' Shalaya Best Blogger Tips

I love this and have made one for business cards. The only thing I changed was: after flipping it and closing the open side I sewed up the there side too so both sides had visible stitches instead of the one. I like symmetry. :-) I love this tute.

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Do you mean double-sided fusible interfacing, which also adds some body, or are you just fusing two fabrics together with something like Steam-a-Seam? This is a cute project. My granddaughter found it and wants to make it. Thanks!

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