Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Patchwork-y Bifold Wallet Tutorial

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Welcome to my first tutorial – I’m starting off with a wallet – which is a bit tricky and not first post material but I just finished it today and couldn’t wait. I will post smaller tutorials on inserting a magnetic snap closure and other techniques used in this tutorial. Also I have a tendency to type like I speak i.e. really really fast with bad grammar – so if my instructions are confusing at anytime please feel free to ask me a questions =D

 
What you'll need:
  • 1 outer fabric cover rectangle = 22 cm (w) x 20cm (h)
  • 5 patchwork scraps for outer fabric – total = 5cm (w) x 20cm (h)
  • 1 inner fabric rectangle = 22 cm (w) x 20cm (h)
  • 2 interfacing rectangles = 2 x 22 cm (w) x 20cm (h)
  • 2 x fabric for foldable card storage = 2 x 20cm (w) x 51.5cm (h)
  • 8 interfacing rectangles for foldable card storage = 8 x 20cm (w) x 6cm (h)
  • 1 zip pocket fabric = 20cm (w) x 11cm (h)
  • 1 zip pocket interfacing = 20cm (w) x 10cm (h)
  • 1 zipper = 7 inch/ 17 cm
  • 1 magnetic snap 

PATCHWORK STRIP
  • Cut 5 – 6 scraps of co-ordinating fabric to form a 5cm (w) x 20cm (h) strip. 

  • Sew the edges of the fabric together to form the strip. 

  • The patchwork strip should look like this once all the pieces are sewn together: 
 OUTER FABRIC COVER
  • Refer to the picture below


  • Iron the fabric in half (along the green line)
  • Cut out a 1 cm strip out of the rectangle; 3.5cm from the right edge.(red rectangle) 
  • Now, fold and iron a 1cm ‘seam allowance’ from the cut edges of the outer fabric rectangle. (refer to diagram) 



PATCHWORK
  • Pin the patchwork fabric to ironed edges of the outer rectangle fabric (refer to diagram) and TOPSTITCH both sides. 
  • The patchwork strip should now measure 3cm.
  •  Now iron on one rectangle of interfacing to the wrong side of the outer cover fabric. 
INNER FABRIC
  • Iron a rectangle of interfacing to the wrong side of the inner fabric.

FOLDABLE CARD SLOT FABRIC

  • Cut out the 2 foldable card slot rectangles.

  •  Refer to diagram. Fold and iron along the lines to create ‘pockets’ for your cards. It has been bought to my attention that  I have posted an incorrect picture for the credit card slots folding! VERY VERY SORRY. This was my first tutorial and I haven't need to make a wallet since so have not double checked - but will add it to my to do list. The new measurements are 9cm-6cm-5cm-6cm-5cm-6cm-5cm-9cm = 51cm total not 51.5cm.
 
  •   It should look like the diagram. 

 
OR

Alternatively if you are lazy like me, and do not like/ are not very good at measure straight lines try this version:

  • Place two cards on the foldable card slot fabric.


  • Measure 9cm from the top and fold under the cards.
  • Now grab the fabric below the cards and fold the fabric up until it covers most of the cards.

  • Now pull the cards out and iron.
  • Repeat until you have four rows of card slots.
  • Make sure there is 9cm left at the bottom. 

  • Repeat so that you have two of these.

INTERFACING

  • Grab the interfacing for the card slot fabric.
  • Slip one piece in between the different card slots (refer to diagram). 

  • Once all the interfacing is ironed on it should look like this at the back.


  • Now flip the card slot fabrics so they resemble card slots and topstitch across the top of each slot.
  • Once topstitched it should look like the picture below.


 
  • Attach magnetic snaps on each side of the card slot fabric. (will post a tutorial on this later)
  • Now sew a straight line down the middle of the card slot fabric and down both of the edges (as close to the raw edge as possible as this is just to hold everything in place).  Repeat for the other card slot fabric.
ZIPPER POCKET

  • Grab the zipper pocket fabric. Iron down a 1cm ‘seam line’ from the top edge (long edge).
  • Flip fabric so the wrong side is facing up. Iron on interfacing (over the folded over  ‘hemline’)

  • Grab the zipper and pin one edge to zipper pocket fabric  and the other side of the zipper to one of the card slots fabric.


  • Now sew along both sides. 

  • Keep zipper closed and iron most of the way up – leaving about 3cm from the end. 

  • Lift up the sewing machine foot and unzip the zip and then continue sewing. (if you were to continue sewing with the zipper closed the foot would get in the way and your sewing machine would make a a horrible crushing gurgling noise that's some kind of awful, and the needle will bend. It will ruin your life - not really but from experience - 3 bent needles (just from zippers) and lots of unpicking - it's easier to lift up the sewing foot - promise)

  • Now repeat for the other side.


PIN IT ALL TOGETHER

  • Place the two card slot on top of the inner fabric rectangle. Baste around the card slots onto the inner fabric along 3 sides – as close to the raw edge as possible. This now forms part A.


  • Grab part A and the outer wallet cover, place the good sides together. Again baste the same 3 sides as before. Making sure to sew inside the previous basting line (so it does not show up when the wallet is turned out)


  • Turn the wallet out and make sure there are no holes or visible seams. 
  • Now turn it in on itself again and trim all the raw edges to reduce bulk. 
  • Turn it out and press it realllllllly hard to make it 'sit' nicely. 


  • Now grab the free edge and fold them in on themselves. Topstitch the free edge as shown in picture.


And so your done =D

Happy sewing! 



67 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! This looks like such a great project for a gift!

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  2. I just bookmarked your tutorial! I want to try it as soon i have a little time...

    Thanks so much for sharing and have a great time in Japan!

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  3. You make it look so easy! I'm new to sewing but really love this tutorial. hanks so much for sharing!

    p.s. - I just became a follower! :)

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  4. Love the fact that the main card showing is a spotlight card. Well done for such a great and easy to read tutorial, now I just need to follow it and make one.

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  5. this is super cute but i feel its lengthy...!!!!

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  6. Thanks for a great tutorial. It's a better pattern than the one I've been using.

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  7. You make it so easy that I want to try it.Thanks so much

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  8. optimal tip ... thanks for compartinhar.

    Kissy

    Fernanda

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  9. This wallet is uber cute! This is my very first sewing project ever...I've been told this is a bit ambitious for my first try, but I love this pattern and I need a new wallet so i am just going to take it slow.


    I do have a question though. I am on the step for making the credit card pockets and I can't figure out what I am doing wrong. When I make the folds and put it together, all of my pockets are on top of each other instead of lined underneath. I tried just measuring with a card, but then I dont have enough fabric left for 9cm. on both ends. What am I doing wrong here? Someone help!

    Please and thanks,

    Amanda

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  10. Thank you, thank you!! This is awesome, I can't wait to get started :)

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  11. Mel, thanks for the tutorial! I am going to make such a wallet soon.

    Uljana, Latvia

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  12. I'm new to sewing and I was wondering what you meant when you listed foldable card storage as a material; Does this just mean that you used a foldable fabric?

    Also, what kind of fabric would be best to use for this project?

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  13. Hi Nicole,

    When it says foldable card storage fabric it means that the piece of fabric you are cutting is to be used for the credit card slots. Sorry for the confusion but I thought it would be easier to name the individual fabrics based on use rather than pieces a,b,c.....

    In regards to the type of fabric to use I'm by no means and expert but cotton fabric seems to work well with interfacing. But if you're not too sure about it maybe go for some heavier weight fabric and forgo the interfacing, like canvas or denim or courderoy but your sewing machine may thoroughly dislike you for it,as you will have to sew through many many layers.

    Sorry for the delayed reply but if you have any more questions feel free to ask. Hope it turns out well. Please send me a pic when your done.

    Happy crafting,
    Mel

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  14. Parabéns amiga, este tutorial ficou 10

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  15. Thanks for the great tutorial!!!! I'm definitely going to make this!
    I've posted it in my blog!!

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  16. I LOVE this!! I am really excited to try it! Although I highly doubt mine will turn out this cute, I'm not a very experienced sewer. But I do need a new wallet and I've been struggling to find a cute one with enough pockets, so I'm going to try this out as soon as I find time! About how long does it take to make? Thank you for sharing!!

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  18. Hi, lauren

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm not very good at estimating time, just because I am a very slow sewer and I'm generally bad at estimation. I like to take my time and my old sewing machine didn't enjoy all the layers I was feeding through it which led to lots of unpicking! To be honest it probably took me 5-6 hours because I was drafting and taking photos at the same time as well. But I would say 3 hours probably once you've read through the instructions? I would love to hear back from you and see your finished product.

    If you have any more questions or are unsure about any of the steps feel free to ask.

    Happy crafting,
    Mel

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  19. Great tutorial, especially for your first one! How'd you know I need a new wallet? Great job. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. so creative... thanks for sharing!

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  21. I am loving this craft project so far! However, at the stage of making the card slots I have encountered a problem. My card slots are on top of each other, rather than being layered so that a small amount of the card below can be seen. I have no idea what I am doing wrong or how to fix it! Any help would be greatly appreciated so that I can finish this cute wallet! :)

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  22. Hi amelica2,

    Thanks for the post. I love hearing that people are giving this a go! I have just grabbed a piece of paper and check the measurements. As I usually just do the second lazier method instead of using a ruler so I can visualise how much card I want to see. Try folding (going down) at 9cm-6cm-5cm-6cm-5cm-6cm-5cm-9cm.

    Please send me a link/email with your finished wallet or any other queries so I can post your wallet and improve the tutorial.

    happy crafting,
    Mel@allwrappedup

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  23. Should the "card slot" pieces also be 22cm? It says 20, but I am about to put the interfacing on them, and the interfacing says 22cm, but the card slot is only 20cm... please advise.. I am brand new to sewing.

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  24. or maybe the interfacing for the slots 20 cm instead of 22...that would make more sense :-s Okay, so this is probably a little much for a 1st project, but I fell in love with it when I saw it! :) :) :)

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    1. Hi Brittany,

      Thank you for stopping by! It seems like you have picked another one of my mistakes. *blushes shamefully* The card slot interfacing width should be 20cm as well. So should the zip pocket fabrics and interfacings. The interfacing rectangles for the card slots should also be be 6cm height, I forgot to update it when I changed the card slot fabric details. So very sorry it have made your first sewing project so challenging!

      Mel@allwrappedup

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    2. I figured it out :) When I am new to stuff (cooking, sewing etc) I am so literal...as for following patterns recipes etc (drives my husband nuts!, lol).. I finished it last night, and it is awesome! Certainly shows that I am "new" as not everything is perfect on it, but it turned out pretty nice considering! Love it! TY so much for posting such a thorough tutorial!

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    3. Hi Brittany,

      I am so happy to hear that despite my mathematical problems you were able to get through the tutorial and make your very own wallet! Thanks for the email - I will share your version with my readers very soon. And thanks again for all the wonderful feedback - I'm sure that anyone else who attempts this tutorial will be grateful for them. Sorry for all the confusion I'm sure I caused you! I'm certain that you will be complemented on your gorgeous wallet, and I'm even more certain people are going to be shocked when you tell them that you tackled this after only 1 hr at the machine! Very honoured that you picked my tutorial for your first one.

      Happy Crafting,
      Mel@allwrappedup

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  25. I saw this on Cut Out and Keep over a year ago.... it's all identical. Wow. You could at least credit the site. Pathetic.

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    1. Hi Theif,

      I'm sure you meant thief, but regardless before you post baseless accusations on blog posts about thieving the first thing you should do is check your evidence. The picture I use on both sites - this one and cut out and keep is exactly the SAME. The cut out and keep version credits this one as an original project with a link. The profile on cut out and keep links you to this blog and my profile on this blog in the top right hand corner mentions my cut out and keep account. Also lets discuss pathetic, if you want to comment something nasty on someone's blog at least have enough conviction in your own statement to put a name to the face, a anonymous post as 'theif' is a little pathetic.

      Thanks for stopping by, hope I cleared it up for you.

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  26. Love this! I've been sewing for several years, but have never tried making a wallet before. Just finished this one up, and I love it! I'm sure I will be the envy of all my friends :) Thanks so much for posting this!

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    1. Hi Brooke,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad you chose my tutorial for your first foray into bag making. One you get a hang of the basic techniques it gets easier, I promise. I would love to see some photos of your wallet if you have any so I can feature it as a version of my project to inspire others.

      Hope to hear from you soon,
      Happy crafting,
      Mel

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  27. Wow! Great tutorial. I already sew a wallet before finding your tutorial but made some mistakes. Your tutorial is very clear and the pictures help a lot. I already had another wallet cut ready to sew and I'm pretty optimistic it will work now that I read your tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Norma,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm horrible at explaining things with my words, and as they say a picture is worth a 1000 so I tend to have very picture heavy tutorials just to ensure that when my words fail people will have the pictures to figure out what's going on. Good luck with your wallet making - nothing is more satisfying than making a functional item that you can be proud of!

      Happy crafting,
      Mel

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  28. Hi Mel,

    This wallet is exactly what I was looking for! I'm currently at the stage of sewing the zipper to one card slot piece and one zipper pocket piece. I don't understand how the zipper pouch comes to fruition. Does the zipper open to the interfaced lining? or is there another piece of fabric that should be lining the inside of the zipper pouch. It looks like I'm just sewing the second card slot piece on top of the zipper pocket. This would unzip to the interfaced side of the fabric. I'm a little confused.

    Thanks again for the pattern and tutorial and your suggestions,
    Tricia

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    1. Hi Tricia,

      I'm so sorry for the late reply on this. I just saw that you had commented as there's been a lack of blogger notifications! How did you go with the zip pocket? The zip pocket does open onto the interfacing of the credit card slots and the other zip pocket fabric. I didn't line it as my sewing machine had broken a few needles trying to go through the layers I already had.

      If you wanted to add lining to the inner side of the zip pocket I would get a piece of fabric about the size of your folded credit card slot piece and sew it along the top of the credit card slots right side together and then turn it over. Grab another piece of fabric the same size as your other zip pocket fabric and sew only the top, right sides together and then turn right side out. Then when you attach the zip you will be sewing along to already neatly hemmed sides.

      Hope it helped,
      Mel

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  29. Wow, u really a good teacher!! If got anything don't understand will ask again. ^^

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  30. Love it just what I need.Thanks for all your great tutorials

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    1. Hi Becky,

      Thank for stopping by and commenting. I would love to see your version of the tutorial!

      Happy crafting,
      Mel

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  31. Do you sell these, too? I wish I had the time/patience, but don't and they are really cute! I would love to buy one if you make and sell these...

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  32. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have a question though, since the slots are 6cm and 5cm now and altogether there are 6, how many interfacing rectangles will I need, 3 for one piece? And what should they measure 20cm by 5cm or 6cm?

    Thank you again:-)Looking forward to completing this cool little wallet.

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    1. Hi Leonie,

      You will need 3 interfacing rectangles for 1 piece. They should measure 20cm x 5.5cm, they will be ironed onto the 6cm sized rectangles but if you cut it a bit shorter it will help reduce the bulk in the seams.

      Hope that helps,
      Would love to see the finished product,
      Mel@allwrappedup

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  33. Love your wallet and your tutorial! After 6 months of it being pinned on my board, I finally made it, and it's truly the most wonderful wallet I've ever had. I did do a few modifications (elastic/button closure), and wrote a post about it on my blog here: http://colormedomestic.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-perfect-wallet-diy-fabric-wallet.html. Thanks so much for being my guide!

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  34. Thanks for posting this tutorial! I love the wallet I made for myself!
    http://www.leaandlars.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-sidekick-tote-and-accessories.html

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  35. Does an iphone fit into the zippered pocket. I'm looking to make a wallet that can also hold my phone :) Can't wait to make this, it looks great!

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    1. Hi Alia,

      Thanks for commenting. The zip pocket would definitely fit an iphone but if yours is bulkier with a cover than just measure it up against the zip pocket rectangle fabric and alter accordingly. The best part about DIY-ing is that you can custom it exactly for your purposes. Can't wait to see yours.

      Hope that helps,
      Mel@allwrappedup

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  36. The best DIY I've seen!

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  37. how big is this wallet once made? i love it <3

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  38. What weight of interfacing should be used?

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  39. If you only baste in the last couple of steps, isn't this going to fall apart under pressure?

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    1. Hi Annie,

      Thanks for stopping by. My wallet has held up with no issues with just a final basting around the edges.

      Hope that helps,
      Mel

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  40. What kind of interfacing should I use?

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  41. This is what I've been wanting to make...you are the only tutorial I've found! YAY! But I'm in the US and I don't understand cm's so I will have to sit down and convert it all one of these days. Looks fun to make!

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  42. Need one of those. Only the magnet will wipe the magnetstrip on the cards.

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  43. the fabric for the card holders is cut longer than they need,isn't it?I found it 9 cm. too long.

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  44. Are the measurements for the outer fabric correct? My 3.5 cm wide strip is looking much smaller than the strip in the 2nd picture of that section.

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  45. Love this wallet! I first saw it on Color Me Domestic. I followed the link to your tutorial. I'm working to covert to inches; so far so good. I'm working slowly but I think I'll be really happy with it once I finish it. I want to carry an iPhone as well so will plan accordingly. May add a wrist strap too. Thanks, Mel.

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  46. Hi,
    thank you for tutorial. Greetings from north Germany: from Inge

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  47. I've just finished my first wallet using this tutorial and coloor me domestic's alterations. while I'm happy with the fact that I have a functioning wallet I'm not happy with what the amount of bulk does to the overall look of the wallet. I think next time I would bring the interfacing in 1cm so it's not in the seams and bind around the edges instead of stitch and turn.

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  48. Excellent tutorial. I made mine with a few minor changes to suit me. Fabulous job. Also, I used interfacing for all the pieces for sturdiness and ironed the heck out of it to flatten as I made it. I love it. I made it big enough to hold my Note phone which is big, added a keychain circle thingy

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  49. I made this wallet years ago!...I thought it was 5 or 6 years ago..but it looks like you posted the tutorial later than that???...I love it, and it has lasted me all this time!...looking a bit ragged around the edges, but it's still strong and my credit card slots have stretched so cards fall out...so...I will choose a more sturdy fabric for the card holders this time...am about to make a new one for myself!!! :)

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  50. Any recommendations on the weight of the interfacing? I have made several hand bags and never seem to get the correct interfacing.

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  51. Awesome tutorial :D Made one myself and altered the closing mechanism :D

    http://audroniukas.deviantart.com/art/My-first-wallet-477351777

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