Sewing Wallet Tutorial

DSCN3455 (1024x768)Rhonda over at Quilter in the Gap was kind enough to post this tutorial on her site, be sure to check out her blog and podcast.

I think most of us like to take the opportunity of a new year to start fresh and get organized. I know I do. I find that I need more that one portable sewing kit for various projects that I keep on hand. For the car, the couch or work. Here is an easy to sew wallet to keep the various supplies you will want at your finger tips. P1140421 (1024x768)_wm

Materials Needed:

  • 3 fabrics cut 8 ½ x 7 ½
  •      Outside, inside and pocket
  • 1 piece of batting cut 8 ½ x 7 ½
  • Batting scraps cut 6 x 5 and 6 x 3
  • One decorative button
  • Elastic hair tie

P1140370 (1024x669)_wmInstructions:

  • Take pocket fabric and fold in half right sides together so it measures 8 ½ x 3 ¾
  • Layer your pieces in this order on the table: (see picture below)
    • Larger batting (8 ½ x 7 ½)
    • Inside fabric piece right side up
    • Pocket piece lining up raw edges along the bottom edge
    • Pinch the hair tie in the middle and place in the middle of the right side edge (1/2 the loop will be inside)
    • Outside piece right side facing down
  • Tack the hair tie in place

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  • Sew a ¼ inch seam along each side of wallet leaving a 3 inch opening along the top edge
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  • P1140381 (1024x765)_wmTrim close to edges along your stitching line, including the tie end that is showing
  • Don’t trim your opening (other than the batting)P1140384 (1024x768)_wmP1140386 (1024x768)_wm
  • Turn right side out, make sure you bring out your pocket to the inside of your wallet
  • Turn your open edge inside 1/4 inch and press
  • Edge stitch around the entire wallet stitching your opening closed
  • Stitch again ¼ inch in from edge

Fold wallet in ½ and place button on the outside to match up with your hair tie loop, sewP1140419 (1024x768)_wm

  • Open up the wallet with the tie on the right side
  • Mark center from top to bottom
  • Center the two batting scraps inside with the larger piece on the bottom
  • Stitch your marked lining, securing your batting scraps
  • P1140417 (1024x768)_wmIf desired mark stitching lines for smaller pockets in your walletP1140415 (1024x768)_wm


Outside:P1140418 (768x1024)_wmInside:

P1140420 (1024x768)_wmQuick, easy, fun, and useful.

Printable directions found here: Sewing Wallet

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie