Hello! Sorry guys! I was busy figure out how to sew this simple wallet. Here is the guide post on “How to Sew a Simpler Wallet”, with card slots and zip pocket. A friendly and easy project for beginner.
Let’s prepare the material and follow me step by step. ^^
- Cotton Fabric or Canvas
For the fabric I choose canvas but of cause you can choose other like cotton but need to add in batting. As for canvas also same, need to add in some batting to make it more firm and steady. Some cotton fabric are very lightweight type, try not to use that kind, other than that should be fine.
As for zipper I use those YKK brand, just get a size that you want. With matching colours or you can mix and match with what you feel like it. Some with nice pulley, or you can add your own pendant.
- Batting (Iron On) / Fusible Fleece
I used Batting Iron On ones. This batting that I’m using is quite soft, and if I want to use it to do wallet, I might need to put more than one piece. There are differnt type of Fusible and Batting, if you can pass by any local store, they will have some samples to feel the textures, or can just ask for assistance on which to buy.
A Rotary cutter is somehow easier to cut out fabric in a striaght line, Make sure you get a cutting mat too! These are the tools that helps me, each time i cut my fabric i get frustrated without cutting it striaght. So i do love this cutters.
Is good to have a quilt ruler cause it might be easier to see and measure at the correct size. Then cut with a rotary cutter and a cutting mat. Perfect match! 😀
Ok, lets get to work! Lets start.
Outer Piece: 9 x 4.5″ x2pcs
Inner piece: 9 x 5″ x2pcs (I use both same designs)
Card slots: 4.5 x 19″
Zip pocket : 4.5 x 3.5 x 1 pc , 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 pc
Zipper 6/7″ (to be cut off the excess)
Prepare 4 piece of fabric, 2 inner piece with the size 9 x 5″, Outer piece 9 x 4.5″
Let’s name it as 9 x 5″ A & B, 9 x 4.5″ A & B.
Place your zipper with the zipper head facing up, pointing right side, align the zip pocket piece 3.5 x .3.5″ facing down and pin to the TOP of the zipper.
Then turn your zipper over which the head will be facing the left and pin it to the TOP of the zipper with 3.5 x 4.5″ piece. Means align both pieces with the 3.5″ sides to the zipper.
So it will like this , the top will be balance and same alignment.
Turn it over, bring the longer piece to the back.
*Take the Card Slots piece right side face down, fold down 3″ from the top. Turn it over, place a un use card(Do NOT USE CREDIT CARD or Personal card) to the slot as picture shown. Hold the card and fold from bottom up.
Place your card on the fabric with a little GAP on TOP, then fold by using your fingertip to hold the card and fold until the TOP of the card but leave a GAP where you can see the card so that you can grab the card.
Iron and press lightly to make a crease line. Total you will have 4 pockets with 3 crease line for card slots. (Refer to image below)
So, it will look something like that.
Wallet Inner Body:
Take the Outer piece A (9 x 4.5″), align the zip pocket and the card slot and pin it together first before sew.
Then cut out a piece of betting slightly smaller size, best is to use Iron on betting. Iron on to outer piece B.
Align and pin it together and sew the sides.
*Do take note of the zipper side, open the zipper slightly a bit cause when you sew it will hit the zipper head if you don’t open the zip.
While sewing, hold the zipper teeth together to have a nice closure.
Do a back-stitch on the zipper part.Cut off the excess zipper.
Next, Cut a Strap piece with 2 or 2.5 inch wide. Or you can use a bias tape. To sew over top edges of the body piece, to give a nice edge. Fold the piece into half and sew.
Place of the Inner piece A (9 x 5″) right side facing up (as picture shown below)
then place B piece right side facing down on top of the outer piece A.
Pin it around the side, leave a gap on the top part of the Notes Pocket.
Sew all 3 sides and half of the top side with a opening gap. (To turn over later on). I like to leave a bigger gap, cause it will be easier to turn over.
Once you done, you have completed the project! Do testing by putting some coins or cards in.
If you want more card slots, you can skip the coins pocket replace with some more card slots. Or if you can DIY other designs like coin pocket at the back of the wallet is also fine.
I will do up a tutorial to help you understand more with this project! Stay tune on my tutorial updates! 🙂