Wallet tutorial

James came to me three times, at the most inconvenient times, to ask for a wallet. So finally, I sat down yesterday and made him a wallet. I asked him if he would pay me $50 for making it and he said ‘yes, but not my money.’ He’s so cute.

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So, without further ado, the tutorial

Ok, you’ll need two rectangles 11 1/2 inches long and 4 1/2 inches wide. You’ll need another that is the same length and twice the width. I cut it on the fold of the fabric. You’ll also need a scrap for the coin pocket flap. I didn’t measure it but it’s not big and you’ll find the exact size later on.

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On one of the 11 1/2 x4 1/2 rectangles, fold over 1/4 inch on one long side and press.

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Fold over again another 1/4 inch and press.

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Turn the piece over and on the right side stitch the folds down 1/8 inch from the edge. The reason you turn it over is so that it will be as straight a line as possible and it should catch everything under. Check to make sure.
Repeat with the other rectangle of the same size.

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Put one rectangle on top of the other and 1/4 inch down. Pin. Trim the extra 1/4 inch away from the bottom and baste (long loose stitch) around the three unhemmed edges.

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Ok, now fold the wallet into thirds, and press to make a crease. Unfold and sew down the creases as shown. There should only be two creases.

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Measure the top of one pocket. If you do one of the outer pockets, add 1/4 inch to the length of the measurement. If you measure the middle pocket, add 1/2 inch. Make it about 2 1/2 or 3 inches wide. Then find the middle and draw a point on the wrong side. Sew it like a triangle except for those vertical sides (see picture) with right sides together. Do not sew the top closed. Cut out around the stitching and clip the corners as shown.

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Turn right side out and press. Fold the top edges inside 1/4 inch and press.

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Stitch the top closed close to the edge.

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I undid a few of the basting stitches so I could work with it easier. You can to just make sure when you’re done that it is back in place. So, slip the flap into the pocket with the top edge against the top of the back flap as shown. Stitch the flap top edge, making sure not to catch the top of the pocket in with it.

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Pull the flap out to the front.

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If you are going to sew Velcro on then lift the pocket off some even if you have to take out some more basting stitches. Open the flap back and sew it onto the bottom. I just hot glued it, but that was because it had the sticky back. That stuff messes your needle up. It’s practically impossible to get it of and it’s horrible. So anyways.

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Ok, get you bigger rectangle, and if it’s folded, unfold it.

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Lay the pocket section on top of the rectangle as shown, and baste around the three sides and lower edge again.

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Fold the rectangle in half. With the right sides together and the pockets on the inside. Sew down the right side, leaving the left side and bottom open. Clip the corner to make it easier to turn.

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Turn right side out. On the raw side edge, fold over 1/4 in and pin. Fold the wallet into thirds as shown the sewn edge should still be on the right.

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Cut a piece of Velcro about two inches long and put I on the wallet as shown. Pin.

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Unfold, keeping Velcro in the same place. If you have caught more than one layer of fabric in the pin, hold the Velcro steady and repin. Sew around the edges. I changed my thread to match.

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Fold the wallet back into thirds as before and pin the other piece of Velcro to the other side as shown. Stitch around the edges. Do it as neatly as you can because the stitches show on the outside. If you want, you can leave the Velcro off, but for a little boy, it’s easier to keep it all together.

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Unfold and pun the pocket flap back so that you don’t accidentally sew it down.

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With right sides together, sew the left side closed, being careful not to catch the pocket flap in. Clip corners.

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Turn right side out and press. See James hand? He was watching me, asking ever other minute if I was done :)

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Fold the bottom edges in 1/4 inch and pin.

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Edge stitch all around the outer edges. At the flap, I lifted it up and sewed to right at the edge, back stitched and cut my threads and then continued on the other side of the flap (see pic below)

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That’s all there is to it. This was a long post, I hope it was explained good, but if not, comment :)

Delight thyself also in The Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 17:4

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