Thursday, June 17, 2010

Super Simple Wallet (tutorial!)

I have a friend.  
We'll call her Sarah.  
Now, Sarah is a simple gal.  
But when it comes to wallets, she is real simple.  
She doesn't want a place to keep her check book.  
She doesn't carry one.  
She doesn't want a million pockets.  
She doesn't need them.  
And, truth be told, she really would prefer not to have a coin pouch either.
Why doesn't she want all those things?
Because she doesn't carry a purse.
Or at least, she doesn't like to.
She likes to put her wallet right in her back pocket.  
Just with the essential cards, of course.

Often on our walks she's told me about the kind of wallet she'd like to have.
She found the perfect one once at Target.
But apparently it belonged in the lost and found.
Not on the shelf.
And they wouldn't sell it to her.
She may or may not be a little bummed she didn't just walk off with it.
But, what can I say?
She's honest.
And I feel that honesty should be rewarded.
So, today I made her a wallet.
No frills.
Well, maybe just one little frill.
 How can I resist?
I can't.
But, Sarah, the flower is flat.
I promise it will still fit in your pocket.
And this wallet has just what you want.
No zippers.
No buttons.
No snaps.
Just two pockets.
 That will hold all the essential cards.
 Actually, it'll hold a lot more than that.
And you could probably even fold some dollar bills in half and stick them in too.
But I know you probably won't even do that.
Probably all you'll put in it are the essential cards anyway.
And guess what?
Those cards will slide in and out easy.
And you won't have to fumble with tight seams.
No more standing at the cash register 
wrestling with your wallet.
Trying to make it give back your debit card.
Or credit card.
Or whatever card you want.
But all your cards will stay tucked away when it's shut.
So you don't have to worry about that either.
Just what you wanted.
I hope.

Note: If you're not as lucky as Sarah and you'd like to make your own, here's how:

Step 1: Cut out one rectangle of vinyl that measures 9" x 3 1/2".  (You could probably make it 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" and still have it work great.  The one I made that's 9" may actually be a little long.)

Step 2: Cut two rectangles of vinyl that measure 3 1/2" x 3 5/8".

Step 3: If desired, cut out a decal for the front (such as my nifty flower).

Step 4: Position the decal onto the large rectangle and sew it on.  For tips on how to sew on vinyl decals, see another one of my tutorials HERE and scroll down to the part where I'm sewing on the birdie decal.

Step 5: Take one of your small rectangles and line it up (wrong sides together) on top of your large rectangle.  The ends that measure 3 1/2" should be lined up.

Step 6: With these ends lined up, begin sewing around the perimeter of your wallet.  (I use quilting thread for this to make it extra strong.)  Once you've sewn the first side on, keep sewing toward the opposite side.  Once you've reached the middle of the wallet, pause (but don't cut your thread!) and position your opposite pocket on, just like you did with the first one.  Continue sewing until you've sewn around the entire perimeter of the wallet.

Step 7: Give it to a friend*.  (Or keep it for yourself!)


*P.S. Leave off the flower and these would be great for Father's Day!


Sarah said...

Ha ha, sweet

Kathy Haynie said...

Lucky Sarah! Is the vinyl tricky in the sewing machine?

Katie Lewis said...

The vinyl is a little bit tricky in the sewing machine. Next time I make one I'll definitely make more of an effort to hold things in place. It tends to slip around a little, so I had to trim down some edges after I was finished. There is definitely a learning curve with vinyl. :)

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Looks awesome!

Dorothy said...

Lucky you, Sarah! Glad to know you're still honest. :) Looks like a great little card holder. Clever, Katie!