Thursday, May 22, 2014

Catching Up Pt 3 - Wallets

And then I came across a pattern for wallets.  And that was that.  I made one or two or a whole lot more!!

I loved making these, the inside, binding and closure tab took just one fat quarter, and then the front portion was cut out of a second fat quarter (a quarter yard of quilting fabric, usually 18" x 22") .

Inside there is space for six credit cards and then the two deeper pockets can hold something larger - perhaps receipts, health cards etc.

Now I made these primarily for myself - not that I need so many wallets, but I like to keep my cards all together so there are no zippers or coin pockets.

And I get really excited about some of these fabric matches - the colours are just such fun!

I called this wallet (above) the 'Cool Cats in London' (what-do-you-mean . . . . your wallets don't have names??)

I bought a panel for the wallet above - it is what I would call 'Primitive Americana' and there are different scenes on it so I could make a number of wallets and although you could tell that they belonged together - they would all be different.  A bit like a clothing collection really.  I got a bit carried away with the labels though, and this one ended up with two!

To finish off I made a sweet little coin purse. This was a new pattern and I'm not too happy about how it ended up (my issues, not the pattens) so I guess in quilting terms it could be known as a 'useable muslin'!!

All in all it has been a fun diversion. I know that I am nearing the end of this sojourn, because when I went to look in my local fabric shop, the quilting fabric was not calling my name! I did have some fun with precision sewing - those 1/4" take a bit of getting used to, but a 1/4" foot helps immeasurably. I also got to play with interfacing weights (some of the wallets are pretty rigid whilst others have some bendability).

And the fabrics - I really love the colours and patterns that you get with quilting cottons. I love that these projects are quick and easy (and don't take a large table to cut out on!) and I suspect that I will continue to make little bits and bobs during the week and dress-make at the weekends. I have also toyed with making up some wallets and purses, and maybe some mug rug patterns, to sell on Ebay. Isn't it great that we live in a time when we can realise these kinds of dreams?

I have a busy weekend this weekend - my father really loves Charley Pride, so I am taking him to see Charley in concert this weekend.  Although it is not my kind of music - I remember growing up listening to it, and he has a fabulous voice and great stage presence. So, not much sewing this weekend, but I am now ready to start planning what to make next.  It looks like Winter has finally turned its back on Alberta - we have had temperatures in the 20's (centigrade) all week, so it is probably time to chop up the linen!  How is your Spring/Summer sewing coming along?


  1. What a cute collection of wallets.

  2. Oh so cute! I love your fabric combos! I took my mum to see Charlie Pride twice many years ago. I wish she was still here so I could take her aggain!

  3. Adorable wallets.. What fun!!!
    How nice that you are taking your daddy to the concert.. You will have so much fun, just being with him.. Have fun..

  4. Your wallets are beautiful. I like a wallet with room for a lot of cards (credit, insurance, store, AAA, Club Cards) Have fun with your father.

  5. I'm over from SMW. I love your wallets. It's a good idea to have one just for cards.

  6. Lovely wallets. I love the pink and chocolate together.

  7. Those wallets are adorable! I might have to try them! I have always been afraid-looks complicated!

  8. They're gorgeous and the fabric you've used are really fun.
    Ali xx

  9. nice job, would you be willing to share the pattern or a link to the pattern

    1. Of course - it is a pattern that can be purchased via Craftsy called 'Super Simple Wallet' - here's the link:

      I look forward to seeing your versions!


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