I love it when an idea gets out of my head and into fabric.
I’ve been mulling over this idea for a good while. My husband and I are “cash envelope”, “zero-balance” budgeting types, which means I carry a lot of small bills in my wallet. I keep the categories of cash separate with binder clips. (Oh, how I love my binder clips.)
The wallet’s roomy center section works well for those wads of bills, checkbooks, and things. And, of course, it has a spot for my iPod and cellphone, and a zippered pouch for change…
and eight pockets for IDs and debit cards.
Is it a wallet? A clutch? A purse?
Do I wear it cross-body, or hanging from my wrist?
It depends what I am doing, and who I am doing it with. It can tuck away in diaper bag, or be the star of the show when I’m kid-free.
I don’t have the time to come up a printable pattern right now. So, instead of making you wait forever, I thought I could just show you the rough idea of how it comes together. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about it too.
The finished wallet is 8 inches wide, 4 inches high, and 2 inches deep. The body of the wallet looks like this (without seam allowances).
For the outside, I used a lightweight polyester suiting, spiffed up with pleats and buttons.
The inside is some pretty quilting cotton.
And between those two, of course, is interfacing and stabilizer. (I don’t use stabilizer on the sides. In hindsight, I would recommend a fusible fleece instead. The stabilizer is just a bit too stiff for this project.)
I made two 4 inch by 8 inch dividers. One zippered…
and one with 8 card pockets, both with interfacing and stabilizer inside to give them oomph.
It turns out all that interfacing and stabilizer was too stiff to sew through. No kidding. 🙂 So, I used rivets to attach the dividers to the wallet body, and to attach some D-rings for the strap.
I harvested the hardware for the straps from the sweet garage sale Purse Pickin’s, but you can find similar stuff on Etsy.
Gray + Yellow : Pretty Buttons : Purse Sewing
Rivets : Recycled Hardware: A bit of Fabric Origami
What’s not to love?
To give credit where credit is due: this wallet was inspired by Cotton Purr’s lovelies. If you don’t want to sew you own wallet, I would definitely check out her shop. So much pretty there!