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Wallet

Project #18320
18320

Make a fashion statement with a whimsical wallet that you designed yourself. Imagine the pattern possibilities to match your unique style.



Fabric Requirements:

Yardage FabricInstructions
Fat 1/4Exterior fabric Cut (2) large curved rectangles on fold
Cut (1) small rectangle on fold
Fat 1/4Interior fabricCut (2) large curved rectangles on fold
Cut (2) small rectangles on fold for pen holder
Cut (8) medium rectangles on fold
Fat 1/4Foam interfacingCut (2) large curved rectangles on fold
Cut (1) small rectangle, trim all sides 1/4"
1/2 ydWoven interfacingCut (1) small rectangle on fold
Cut (2) large curved rectangles on fold
Cut (2) small rectangles on fold
1/4 ydFirm sew-in interfacing Cut (2) large curved rectangles, trim all sides 1/2"
116" Handbag zipper

Notes:

  • Finished Size: 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
  • All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
  • Fat 1/4 = approximately 18" x 22"

Assembling the Project:

  1. Attach respective fabrics to foam or woven interfacing using manufacturer’s instructions. Reserve the small foam rectangle and the firm sew-in interfacing pieces for later.
  2. Sew all medium rectangles in pairs right sides together along both long edges. Turn right side out, and press. Topstitch the top edge only using a 1/8" seam allowance.
  3. On one large curved lining rectangle, place one medium rectangle 1 1/8" down from the top edge. Sew the sides and bottom using 1/8". Place a second medium rectangle 1 7/8" down from the top edge. Sew the sides and bottom using 1/8". Repeat this step for the remaining large curved rectangle and medium rectangles.
  4. Sew a vertical line down the center for credit card slots; leave unsewn to hold cash/receipts.
  5. Fold one small lining rectangle right sides together so that short ends meet. Sew the short end. Turn right side out, and press. Topstitch both short ends using a 1/8" seam allowance. Center the finished small rectangle on the right side of the remaining small lining rectangle. Sew both raw edges using a 1/8" seam allowance.
  6. Trim the zipper so that it is exactly 16" long.
  7. Place a small exterior rectangle right side facing the right side of the zipper, with the short edge of the small exterior rectangle even with the short end of the zipper and centered. Pin in place, and sew across the short end.
  8. Place the small lining rectangle right side facing you. Place the small exterior rectangle from the previous step face down directly on top. Sew directly on top of the previous line of stitching. Flip the fabrics so that they are wrong sides together, and press. Topstitch the finished edge using a 1/8" seam allowance.
  9. Repeat steps 6−7 for the remaining short end of the same zipper and the opposite ends of the small rectangles. You should have created a ring.
  10. Baste one long edge of the small rectangles using a 1/8" seam allowance. Slide the small foam rectangle inside, and topstitch the remaining raw edge of the small rectangles to seal the foam in place using a 1/8" seam allowance.
  11. Fold the small rectangle in half so that you create a crease in the middle of the small rectangle. With a fabric marker, mark the middle of the small rectangle and the center crease opposite to it (the wrong side of the zipper) on both halves of the zipper. Next, fold the zipper so that both of the markings from the previous step meet. Mark both ends, on the wrong side of the zipper and also on both halves of the zipper at the new creases. The four markings will now be referred to as quarter markings.
  12. Finger press all large curved rectangles vertically and horizontally to mark four quarter markings on each.
  13. Place one large exterior curved rectangle and the zipper right sides together, aligning the quarter markings on the fabric. The small rectangle will go on the left side of the large curved rectangle. Pin in place, easing the zipper all the way around. Clip 1/8" high to help ease through the curves. Sew the pinned edges.
  14. Place the large curved lining rectangle right sides together with the exterior that you attached in the previous step (the zipper will be sandwiched inside); the bottom edge of the lining should be closest to the small rectangle. Pin in place. Flip so that the foam interfacing is facing you, then stitch directly on top of the stitching from the previous step. Leave at least a 4 1/2" opening on the side opposite the small rectangle. Make sure you sew at least 1 1/2" past each corner on the side where you will leave the opening.
  15. Clip the curved edges, 1/8" high, being careful not to cut into the seam. Turn right side out through the opening in the lining. Press the opening in toward the inside 1/4".
  16. Unzip the zipper. Repeat steps 12−14 to attach the remaining exterior and large curved lining rectangles to the remaining edge of the zipper.
  17. Slide the firm sew-in interfacing into the opening on each half of the wallet (fold the firm sew-in interfacing in half to get it through the opening, and then smooth it flat.) Pin the opening in the lining fabric toward the wrong side by 1/4". Topstitch all along one large curved exterior rectangle, 1/8" from the edge of the fabric; repeat for the remaining large curved exterior rectangle. This will both finish the edges and seal the opening closed. Press all edges well.

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