Last year I wrote the original tutorial for my Fold and Stitch Wallet as part of a promotion with Modern Yardage. That tutorial is mainly written for a panel that you can request for free with any print-to-order fabric. Well, the other day I was digging into my google statistics account and I discovered that that blog post gets a lot of traffic. So I decided to write a 2.0 version of the tutorial that is specifically for people who don't have the printed panel.
Now you can make it with your own fabric, even scraps!
The Fold and Stitch Wallet has two card slots and a money pocket on the inside.
There's a small coin pocket on the outside. Both the money pocket and the coin pocket have a velcro closure.
It's a great way to use up scraps and the wallet is a super little gift. This is exactly the same wallet, I'll just be showing you how to make it with your own fabric. And I've given instructions for using snap-setter snaps (such as Kam Snaps) instead of sew-on snaps. But you can still sew on snaps if you want. Or no snaps at all. :)
You will need:
- small pieces of 2-3 different fabrics
- 1/4 yd or less of light to medium weight interfacing (I like woven interfacing)
- hook and loop tape (Velcro)
- 1 snap set (optional)
Tape pattern pieces A and C together using the instructions on the pattern sheet. The pattern pieces include a 1/4'' seam allowance.
To make the Fold and Stitch Wallet, cut:
- 1 from pattern piece A (wallet exterior)
- 1 from pattern piece B (wallet exterior accent)
- 1 from pattern piece C (wallet interior)
- 2 rectangles 4 1/2'' x 16'' of light to medium weight interfacing (I like woven interfacing)
- 1 set of hook and loop tape (velcro) 3 3/4'' long - both sides
(this picture also shows my snap pieces.)
Cut the notches with your pattern pieces, or mark them on later like I did. Also mark the velcro placement spots.
2. Make the exterior
Pin piece A and piece B together matching up the single notch ends. Stitch with a 1/4'' seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance open.
Fuse the 4 1/2'' x 16'' pieces of interfacing to the backs of both pieces.
4. The Hook and Loop tape (velcro)
Cut the hook and loop tape pieces in half lengthwise to make two of each. Each side of the wallet will get 1 scratchy piece and 1 soft piece.
Refer to the markings on the pattern pieces, and sew both velcro pieces on the exterior. On the interior piece, only sew on the piece near the middle. Leave off the piece near the edge for now.
5. Wallet assembly
Pin the two wallet pieces right sides together. Make sure that you match up the ends with double notches. Stitch around three sides, leaving the side with no notches open.
Clip the corners after stitching.
Turn right side out, and press carefully. Poke out the corners with a chopstick and turn out the edges as well as possible.
On the open end, turn the raw edges to the inside by 1/2'' (the first fold line on the pattern) and press.
On the interior side, sew the remaining piece of velcro close to the edge, closing up the opening.
6. Optional snap-setter snaps
If you are using snaps that require a snap-setter, install them now on the wallet exterior. On the left side (the main print) the snap should be centered and 2'' from the short end. On the right side (the accent fabric) the snap should be centered and 1 1/2'' from the other short end.
If you are hand sewing on snaps, you can do that now or later. Or not at all, snaps are optional.
You can refer to the fold lines on the pattern piece if you need to, but it's pretty simple. Lay the wallet out with the interior side up.
First fold the money pocket together by matching up the two pieces of velcro on the interior.
Flip the wallet over so that the exterior side is up. Close the coin coin pocket by matching up the other two pieces of velcro.
Fold back the flap on the right about 2''. You will still see about 1/2'' of the interior fabric on the end.
Pin the flap in place if you need to, and then turn the wallet over again.
This last fold might seem tricky, but once you fold it, you'll know. Fold along the dotted lines in the left picture above, which will make the accent fabric show for about 1/2'' on the other side.
If you peek on the other side, you'll see this. You can also snap the snap together to make sure it looks right.
Return to this side and pin the card pocket side together. The other side will stay closed from the velcro.
If you aren't using it already, switch to a heavy duty needle - at least 14/90. Topstitch all the way around the outside edge.
Go slowly, easing around the snaps.
After topstitching, you can mark the placement and attach sew-on snaps if that's what you're using.
And we're done!
This quick wallet is great for boys and girls too.