So I made a thing and thought I'd share. Just in case any one else wants one of these things.
My current wallet is a rad Batman wallet my sister gave me years ago to replace the batman wallet I've had since I was a kid. It's now disintegrating so I decided to make a new one with my sweet new crafting stuff.
I looked and looked for a decent free cloth wallet pattern, but they're hard to track down. Art of manliness has a sick leather design, but I wanted something that would work better with my current material. I stumbled across this design and really liked it. So I looked at the measurements on the site and made my own pattern. It's not exactly the same. Mine came out a little shorter, but I'm happy that I made something that looks good and should be durable.
So armed with my pattern I got to work. Luckily I managed to think through the process enough not to mess it up when the time came.
Here is the pattern. The yellow portions are the seams, the different colored portions denote different sections of the wallet. the black portions will be boxed in to create the card pockets, which are blue.
So let's get started:
- Seam the top and bottom of the big piece, and the top of the smaller piece. It helps to iron in the seams, since they are small and fiddly.
- Stack the smaller piece so the seam ovarlaps the dividing portion of the front and back of the big part. Sew in the baffles for the cards. Start along the bottom edge, and follow up and around the dividing sections, then continue all the way down the bottom edge.
- Assemble wallet inside out (make sure it will flip right-side out into the wallet you want!!! Check. This will be easy to screw up). The pockets will be facing in.
- Pin and sew together along both sides. I managed to miss the pocket portion on the first try, so I added a third line of sewing and triple seamed the other side as well. Make sure you lock the stitching in place (you stitch back and forth a bit at the end) since this seam will be taking all the stress of the construction, other than shoving cards in the pockets.
- Flip back out
- Enjoy a lightweight and durable wallet that you had the pleasure of crafting yourself.