One of our most popular patterns is Valori's Little Wallet. It's easy to understand why - it's quick to make, only needs two fat quarters, and is so versatile. Organize a few cards and bit of cash in a small bag or your pocket. Use your wallet to help you corral of all those reward cards and business cards floating around the bottom of your bag. Slide it in the front of your carry-on bag to organize your ID and essentials for travel. Make a gift card more personal by gifting it inside a little wallet, with a print you know they'll love--Just the thing!
Depending on the fabric you choose these wallets can be whimsical, sophisticated, funky or casual. They are a wonderful way to show off a little of your own handmade style. Here's a gallery of wallets to inspire you...
Can you believe how different they can look?!
Did you notice the wallets made from Kraft-tex? Kraft-tex is a paper fabric. It's the same stuff Levi jean tags are made from. So it's washable, durable, and has a unique texture. The browns look a lot like leather. Besides being a different look and very sturdy, Kraft-tex doesn't ravel, so you can leave all your edges raw. No folding, pressing, or flipping! Just layer your pockets (don't cut on fold--you only need one layer of fabric) on top of the body piece and stitch. It couldn't be any easier.
To make your own wallet you'll need the pattern, 1/4 yard of two fabrics (fat quarters are fine), a 6" x 9" piece of interfacing, and 1 large snap. We made a variety of kits that include the fabric, interfacing, and 1 large (sew-on) snap. We kept the pattern separate, so you could make multiple wallets without purchasing the pattern more than once. That helped us keep the cost of the kits low ($4.50). That's about the same as many cards and a lot more useful. Plus, you can probably make one in less time than it takes to pick out a card.
Once you have all your supplies, follow the pattern instructions to cut out all your pieces. If you plan to make more than one wallet, we recommend tracing the pattern templates on template plastic for easier cutting and durability.
We put together a photo tutorial of all the steps for making a Little Wallet to help make the process even easier. Let's get started...
Step 1: Gather Materials, Cut, Press Pockets
Step 2: Interfacing & Stacking
Step 3: Sew, Press, & Turn
Step 4: Add A Snap
Step 5: Tada! Enjoy your new wallet.
Snap Setter Adapter (for pearl snaps)