This tutorial is for a wallet, suitable for carrying bank cards, receipts and money notes. You need only use straight stitch on your machine.
The outside of my wallet is plain, with a simple button for closing, but you can add applique, embroidery, lace, buttons and bows!
Fabric offcuts, curtain interlining, 7 cm elastic, 1 button + any of the above if you wish!
Scissors, pins, needle + thread, fish knife! (Fig 1)
Cut one of each from a newspaper supplement (4 pieces in total).
Wallet Cover & Lining: 23 cm x 13 cm
Large inside pocket: 23 cm x 16 cm
Small inside pocket: 23 cm x 13.5 cm
Interlining: 20.5 cm x 10.5 cm
I used 3 fabrics – linen for the outside (curtain weight cottons & corduroy work well); crisp patchwork cottons for the lining and pockets.
I used the same fabric for the lining and the small inside pocket. (Fig 2)
Tip: If you use lighterweight cotton for the outside, you could use iron-on interfacing to add firmness.
1 Cut out fabric pieces and interlining
2 Pin interlining to wrong side of lining. (Fig 3)
3 Stitch top and bottom 1 cm from edge of interlining (long edges) and from top to bottom at half way point (Fig 4)
4 Press Large inside pocket and Small inside pocket pieces in half lengthways (right side showing); topstitch 0.5 cm from folded edge
5 Place Large and Small inside pockets together; mark half way with a pin and stitch them together (Fig 4)
6 With right side of lining facing up, place pockets on top.
7 Fold elastic in half, place on right hand side on top of pockets half way down and stitch several times to secure (Fig 5)
8 Place wallet fabric right side down on top of inside pockets; pin and stitch all around leaving an 8 cm gap. (Fig 6)
9 Trim corners and now, when you’ve turned the wallet inside out use the fish knife to do the corners! It’s a brilliant tool for this job!
Check the interlining is not folded up anywhere.
10 Press carefully, especially the turning gap which should fold inside easily.
11 Carefully, with a long length stitch, top stitch close to the edge all around. Be especially carefully of the ‘gap’. Top stitch with wallet fabric on top and lining + pockets face down.
12 Add a button to fasten then money, cards etc!
Here are some others …
Let me know how yours turn out.