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?

13 comments :

  1. What a cute collection of wallets.

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  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!

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  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..

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. Of course - it is a pattern that can be purchased via Craftsy called 'Super Simple Wallet' - here's the link: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/accessory/super-simple-wallet/70812?_ct=fhezusj-tujqyb-fqjjuhd-ydifyhqjyed&_ctp=70812

      I look forward to seeing your versions!

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