Hi folks! I hope you’re all doing well and are having a great weekend. It’s certainly feeling like Autumn has now come, for the first time last night I thought about putting the heating on as it’s starting to get chilly! It won’t be long until ‘you know what’ (begins with a ‘C’… shhhhhhh!) is upon us! I’m already making bits and bobs, I’ll share them with you soon… For now, here’s a fab song by The Stranglers, which brings back fond memories of when I was growing up, listening to the radio whilst eating my breakfast before I left for school on an Autumn morning, hope you like it!

The mere presence of a ridiculous amount of spiders in my garden also confirms that the weather is changing – my garden could easily be used as a scene in the re-making of an Indiana Jones movie… In fact, I would welcome Indi’ with open arms, indeed anyone who’s willing to de-web on a daily basis… Anyone?! I’m sure it’s very comical to anyone who watches me side stepping and ducking to avoid the traps set by said arachnids, in a bid to put my rubbish bin outside. I’m particularly concerned about coming across a monstrous ‘house spider’ in the coming months too, I really wish that they weren’t being flashed all over the local news and newspapers, it makes me itch and fidget just seeing pictures of them. To anyone who knows me well, this is a normal reaction for me, but for those of you that don’t and whom are spider lovers, I know that it’s irrational to fear them, but I can’t help it. I just do not like them and there’s nothing I’ve been able to do to change that! And. they DO bite!

 

Anyway, enough talk of creatures with eight legs (EIGHT!!!!)…  Lets talk about owls, and foxes, and butterflies…  Now, I LOVE these!  So imagine my delight when I came across this beautiful fabric which is stocked by Terrys fabrics.  It’s just perfect for this time of the year and perfect, I thought, to use to make a wallet!  I do have some other project ideas for this fabric, but for today I’m going to show you how to make the larger wallet of the two shown below.  The fabric is ’Woodland Curtain Fabric Multi’ (100% cotton) and is available from Terrys Fabrics. It is currently in their sale, priced at £7.99 per metre –  33% off the original price! Grab it now whilst you can!  The wallet features six credit card slots, two full width inner slip pockets, a zippered pocket and snap tab closure.

 

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What you’ll need:

  • Woodland curtain fabric multi cut in measurements shown below – approximately a 1/4 of a metre will be adequate
  • Calico or other coordinating/contrasting fabric that will wear well – cut in the measurements shown below – approx’ 1/4 metre
  • iron-on medium weight interfacing, 1/8 of a metre (available from most haberdashery stores, I got mine from www.sewandso.co.uk  IF YOURE NOT USING THIS WOODLAND FABRIC OR SIMILAR WEIGHTED FABRIC, USE HEAVY INTERFACING
  • 7″ zip
  • magnetic snap closure
  • White cotton or Polyester thread - a good quality thread is so important for successful sewing, the longevity of your machine and your sanity!  I use Gutermann threads, which are available from www.sewandso.co.uk, a fabulous one-stop shop for all your sewing/crafting needs.
  • Sewing machine – mine is a Janome Memory Craft 5900QC
  • a zipper foot is useful but not essential
  • a cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler are also useful tools for accuracy of cutting, but not essential
  • Iron for pressing
  • Pencil and/or fading fabric marker

 

 

 


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1)  As you can see, there are a lot of pieces to cut out and at first it can seem confusing, but take each step slowly and it will all become clear :)  First of all you need to cut out the pieces, I’ll start with the patterned pieces first as these take a little more thought as to where to cut, depending on which part of the wallet they are for!  A rotary cutter, quilters ruler and cutting mat come in very useful for greater accuracy of cuts, but a tape measure, chalk/pen and scissors will do.

FROM WOODLAND FABRIC:

  • 1 outer piece 8.5″ x 9″ – the 8.5 is the width of the wallet when opened, so try to keep the animals that you wish to be visible central on the front of the wallet leaving half an inch or so of the image away from the bottom edge.  PLUS IRON-ON INTERFACING FOR THIS PIECE
  • 2 cut at 8.5″ x 4.5″ FOR ZIP COMPARTMENT PLUS IRON-ON INTERFACING FOR ONE OF THESE PIECES
  • 1 cut at 8.5″ x 3″
  • 1 cut at 2.5″ x 5″ (for snap tab) PLUS IRON-ON INTERFACING FOR THIS PIECE

FROM CALICO (OR OTHER CHOSEN FABRIC):

  • 1 outer piece 8.5″ x 9″ 
  • 4 cut 8.5″ x 4.5″
  • 1 cut at 8.5″ x 4″
  • 1 cut at 8.5″ x 3.5″
  • 1 cut at 2.5″ x 5″ (for snap tab) PLUS IRON-ON INTERFACING FOR THIS PIECE

2) Press a 1/4 inch fold on the 18″ edge of the calico. Then fold over another 1/4″ and press again.

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3) Open out and sew along the edge of the first fold using a straight stitch, securing the first and last few stitches by backstitching a little.  Cut the loose threads, re-press the two folds and place the piece to one side.

4) Take your time with this next step to make sure that this is neat and even. Cut down the middle of the rectangular box, starting about 1/2″ from each end, then cut to each corner (as close as possible without cutting the stitching), creating a neat triangle at each end.

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5)  Now, this next part had me stumped for what felt like ages… It’s really hard to explain it any other way, so please bear with me and try to do what I say… It would be great if you could tell me that I’m not the only one who found this step tricky! It would be even better if you can think of a simpler way to explain this step!! Please let me know if you can!’FLIP ONE SIDE RIGHT SIDE OUT THROUGH THE HOLE WHICH YOU HAVE JUST CREATED’…. I know…. confused???!! Trust me, it’s not you! You quite literally put the bottom of the top calico piece, through the rectangular hole, it will then become clear!7354162_origTa-da! This should be what you can now see… Got it right? I hope so! You now need to press carefully around the rectangle edges, if you pull the ends back you’ll see the triangles, press these to make the inside small ends neater.
6)  Take your zip and sew across the end of the zip to make it easier to insert. Measure it against the rectangular opening, it should be a bit too long. Sew across the teeth of the zipper a few times, just past where it will be hidden from sight. Cut off the end metal piece if there is one (not the actual zip pulling tab), the zip should have an extra 1/2″ or so on the end for inserting.
7)  Pin and sew the zip in place using a zipper foot if you have one. Sew close to the edge of the fabric (less than 1/8″). The stitches from your previous step should now be hidden past the edge of the fabric.7783030_orig
8)   To finish this zipper compartment, you now need the other 8.5″ x 4.5″ woodland fabric piece and 8.5″ x 4.5″ calico piece. Place these WRONG SIDES together. These will be the inside of your slip pocket. Pin these pieces (right sides together) onto the outside of the zipped pocket – so the zip on the woodland print is now facing these new pieces, the new woodland piece is facing the zipped woodland piece. Hope this makes sense! It gets easier once we’ve done this part.
9) Stitch along the top edge (closest to the zip) using a 3/8″ seam allowance, then flip so that this seam is hidden – the new pieces are now behind the zipper piece. Press well. 7722000_orig 40953_orig
10) Pin all edges of the pocket, then  topstitch the edge that you just sewed together.  Baste together the other three sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Your zipped compartment is now complete!  Phew!  Now, go and get yourself a cuppa and a biscuit (or two)…
11) Feeling refreshed?! Good, now for the credit card pouches – much easier! Take your last two 8.5″ x 4.5″ calico/other pattern pieces. Place them right sides together (if you’ve used a patterned fabric) and pin. Sew along the TOP EDGE ONLY, using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Flip so that the seam is hidden, press flat then topstitch about 1/8″ from the folded edge. This is your bottom pocket.
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12) Now take your 8.5″ x 4″ piece, fold the top edge over 1/2″ and press.  Topstitch about 1/8″ from the folded edge.  Repeat this step for the other 8.5″ x 3.5″ calico piece and your 8.5″ x 3″ woodland fabric piece.

 13) Line up the two largest pouches and pin, making sure that the top edges are parallel – this is more important than the bottom edges being exact, as you won’t see the bottom edges. Draw a line in pencil/fabric pen 2.5″ from the top edge and stitch over your line – this will be hidden from sight too.

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14)   Do the same with the next piece, only this time draw your line 3″ from the top edge, stitch along the line. Remember that the top edges need to be parallel to each other for the best visual effect.

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15) Place the smallest piece on top, pin all together and baste the three unfinished edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Find the middle of your pockets (width-wise) and lightly marl points in pencil/fabric pen along that line. Topstitch neatly over this middle line and tie off/backstitch the last few stitches neatly. Your inside pieces are now finished!

 

 

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16) Add iron-on interfacing to your 8.5″ x 9″ piece of calico (or other fabric you’ve chosen), then lay the credit card pouched compartment and your zipped pouch on top. Pin together around the sides and baste all around the edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance – I find a 1/4″ seam foot useful here as it allows you to focus on keeping the fabrics together, rather than watching the seam guide on the needle plate. Place this to one side.

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17) Add interfacing to both of the 2.5″ x 5″ snap tab pieces and make marks about 1 1/4″ from one of the 2.5″ ends on the right side of the fabric, where the snap tab (the one with the raised bump) will go. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for fitting these. If you have no instructions (I didn’t), then use a seam ripper to careful cut slits for the tabs to go into, insert the tab into the calico piece and add the washer, then fold the ‘wings’ back (on the wrong side) to secure it in place. Then place both tab pieces RIGHT SIDE together and sew around three edges – the top (where you’ve just inserted the tab)and two 5″ sides, LEAVING the opposite 2.5″ end OPEN. Make sure to backstitch at both bottom corners so that it’s strong for flipping right side through.  8147617_orig  1526720_orig

18) Clip the corner and trim the seam allowance. Flip right side out, pushing the corners out carefully. Press, then topstitch on the three sides with seams, about 1/8″ from the edge.

19) With your last piece, your 8.5″ x 9″ woodland fabric (with interfacing attached), measure about 1.5″ in from the top edge of a 8.5″ side and make a mark. Check that this is where you want the front of your wallet to be, if not then mark the other end. This is where your other magnetic tab piece will go. Again, make marks where the ‘tabs’ will go in and fold back, then using a seam ripper, carefully make slits where they will fit in. Insert the tabs and washer, then fold the ‘wings back’ so that it’s securely in place.  295916_orig
6107518_orig 20) Almost there! Place the inside and outside pieces RIGHT SIDES together and pin around the edges. Make sure that the snap tab edge of the outer piece matches up with the card slots on the inner piece. Leave the opposite end (with the zippered pocket) open for turning through. Stitch all around the three edges, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Use a small stitch for strength and backstitch at the corners to add extra strength as they are very hard to flip!

 

21) Clip your corners and trim the seam allowances apart from on the open edge.

 

22) Flip (well, pull…. and pull a bit more) the whole thing right side out and press it well – making sure that you press the seams inwards on the open edge. Insert the snap tab into the opening and pin it in place. Make sure than it closes correctly and matches up to the the other tab.

 

23) Finally, change your needle to a size 16 and very slowly and carefully, top stitch all the way around all of the edges. This takes both time and patience. In the places where there are lots of layers, you may find that you need to turn the wheel manually as the machine will not go through them. Be especially slow and careful when topstitching along the open edge and ensure that the tab is sewn straight, also on the zipper pocket – you don’t want your needle to hit the metal tag on the zip. And there you go, you’ve finished!!! Bet you want to make another one now! I should have a rest instead and fill up your new wallet!

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that it’s been okay to follow.  I’d love to hear what you think and of course it’d be great to see your finished projects!  I’ll leave you today with another song from way back, this one quite apt, ‘Money’ by the fantastic Pink Floyd.  I’m going to be writing about a few fab companies and sites that you may like over the next few weeks, I also have another of my Nana’s wonderful recipes (‘cos we all need a nice cake to go with our brew now that the night’s are drawing in, don’t we…?!) and some exciting links so that you can buy my makes more easily!  Right, I’m off to listen to some more of Floyd’s top tunes!  Until next time

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