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So I needed a wallet

....and others needed a tutorial, a reason to actually use this blog.
***Copyright Notice: this wallet pattern is for your personal use and enjoyment only. This pattern must not be reproduced in any other form or place or used for any activity or purpose whatsoever, either commercial or otherwise, without the written permisson of Barbara Atkinson (a.k.a. Babyangel) DO NOT use this to sell these wallets. I worked VERY hard to make this tutorial for PERSONAL USE ONLY!**

I posted this on craftster (best crafty website ever) and had some requests to do a tutorial. It might be long winded .... ha! If you have any questions the original thread is here. Ask away!
PLEASE read all the way through first.
Gather your materials...

~outer fabric 5x11 and interfacing 4x10
~inner fabric 5x11 and interfacing 4x10
~pocket 1 (at the very bottom) fabric 5x5 interfacing 4x5
~pocket 2 (in center section) fabric 5x4 interfacing 4x4
~pocket 3(in center section) fabric 5x4 interfacing 4x4
~fabric for zipper (optional) 5x5
~closure flap whatever size you want in fabric and interfacing
for this one I used a much smaller size than on the original (3" wide)
~closure of your choice, Velcro, snaps, buttons, magnetic
(although magnetic might mess up your credit cards)

I draw my pattern right on the interfacing the sizes above for the fabric have a 1/2" seam allowance

iron your interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. all pieces.

Fold your pockets in half length wise (right sides out)and PRESS

Stitch as close to the folded edge as you like to "finish" the edge and set aside till later.
The hardest part? The zipper, so lets get that done!

mark on the interfacing of the inner fabric where you want the zipper and how long Sew around that to reinforce, with a craft knife, rotary cutter etc cut a line in the center of your window and out toward the corners. Fold the fabric in and PRESS. Now stitch down your flaps as close to the edge as you can. Position your zipper and pin in place. Sew around as close to your last stitches as you can and be sure to reinforce the end of the zipper. Trim excess, flip over and breath! Its over!
(if this confuses you there is a tut on craftster for this no sure where though!)

position your pocket 1 where you want the top of it to be and pin to the right side of your inner fabric (again I drew all this on my interfacing) You do not have to stitch this down unless you want to do a basting stitch on the seam allowance to hold it better than pins. I forgot to take a pic of this but you can see it in the one of all the pockets a little farther down.

position pocket 2 (this is the back/top pocket in the center section) the same way but you will be sewing this one. Figure how deep you want the pocket to be and sew the BOTTOM all the way across to your inner fabric. Trim excess.For the 3rd pocket you need to figure out where you want the top to be, and fold up the bottom to how deep you want it. Sew this along the bottom but with the pocket going the wrong way. trim excess ( I like to zig zag stitch the extra down)

now fold your pocket up the right way and PRESS! Pin in place or you can baste stitch up the sides of your pockets now in the seam allowance.

All your pockets are now in place

Sew your closure flap by folding right sides together and sewing 3 sides. flip and press.

Mark where you want your closure device to go. Again I marked it on the interfacing. attach one part of device to outer fabric now. Your device should be in the middle section of the wallet.

line up your inner and outer fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and pin into place.
IF you chose to use the pocket lining pin it WRONG SIDE UP over the zipper on the inner fabric.

Sew up three sided leaving the top (by the zipper open for flipping and adding the flap)
*HINT* You can sew right along the interfacing. The dimensions I gave you for it are the end measurements for the wallet.

Turn right side out and PRESS THAT SUCKER GOOD!

Fold your wallet and press the folds,

stitch across your folds, you need this most between the zipper and middle section to keep your things up top instead of falling to the bottom of the wallet. Take your top part and fold in and PRESS . Take your closure flap and place it in the top part and mark where your other part of your closure is going to go. Attach your closure and pin flap into place.

Starting in the corner stitch as close to the edge as you can around ALL sides backstitching at the corners and again where you started stitching.

BREATH again and enjoy your craftiness!!!

I hope this was easy enough to understand. If not just ask and I'll do my best to explain.

How did I do??


Cassandra said...

This is a gorgeous tutorial, thank you!

Babyangel said...

Thank you!

Paula said...

You have done an excellent job in writing and taking pictures for this tutorial. Thank You! I have you bookmarked and I'm going to make myself one of these.


Babyangel said...

Paula if You make one Id love to see it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! This looks great.

megan said...

hey, I want to try to make one of these...i love it!! I do have a question there a certain type of fabric that you recommend? You can reach me at if you get the chance. Thanks tons!

~Barbara said...

Megan I sent you a e-mail

Lauren said...

Great job! I dont mean to ask a illy question, but I was wondering if your measurements of 5X 11, 5X5, etc included the seam allowences or not. Basicall--do I cut out a 5X11 piece of fabric of a 5.5 inch by 11.5 inch square?

~Barbara said...

The measurements for the fabric include a seam allowance, the interfacing does not because you sew right along the side of the interfacing. if that confuses you e-mail me

Lavinia said...

Thanks for this great tutorial!!! I´ll try it out soon and then show you.

dthneece said...

This is a wonderful tutorial, and a gorgeous wallet. Thank you so much!

Giovanna said...

I love this ! Thank you ! I need to do many gifts for Christmas !

StaciP said...

This is a great tutorial. I will be making this little wallet for my cousin who abhors carrying a purse. She nearly lost $500 this past weekend. Thankfully it was found in the snow by her car door. I have 4 animal print cottons I'm going to use. THANK YOU for pattern and tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Once a wallet, bag, etc is posted out there for the public, it becomes the consumers. What we do with the wallet we make is our own business. You can't lay claim to someone else's product. The wallet is a useful item and like a bag cannot be copyrighted. There is no proof that one person designed this pattern. From a copyright attorney.

Anonymous said...

All that is yours is your photos and method of assembly.

Anonymous said...

thanks.for the tutorial n.patterns
i am going make one.of.these

Robin M said...

Hi! I love this walled, but I have to say your pics on doing the zipper completely took the anxiety out of that particular step for me! You make it look both easy and doable! Thanks!

Robin M said...

er...wallet, not walled!! LOL