Friday, June 3, 2011

Create: Keep Going Wallet

Patterns/tutorials and I don't always get along.  Either I don't quite understand what is being said or I cut something slightly off.  So, when sewing something simple, I tend to get the general gist of the idea and go off on my own.  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes it doesn't. 

The wonderful wallet I received in a swap quite a while ago has finally started showing signs of wear.  Rather than buying one that didn't quite fit what I wanted, I decided to make one. Now, I had tried this in the past and wasn't too pleased with the result so I knew a couple things I didn't want.

I decided I wanted a folding wallet with pockets - I wanted to include pockets for business cards as well as all my junk.  The first wallet I made was okay but it just wasn't what I wanted.  It was a little large and liked to flap open.

I could have stopped there and gone a different route if I had found my buttons, but I couldn't find them. 

I played with having the pockets a different way and then folding up the fabric to form pockets rather than sewing multiple pockets on.  I really liked the folding idea and it took me awhile to get it right.  I don't know how I crafted without an iron for so long.

The I figured I would put velcro on a strap around the wallet and that would be how it would stay together... but I made the wallet just a bit too small.  Now that I have found my buttons, I will probably make one more - a little larger, with button. 

But the point I learned was that nothing has to be perfect, and there is nothing wrong with making a few before you are done. 


  1. One of the things I'd really like to learn how to do is sew.

  2. I'm slowly learning about sewing through trial and error. My machine and I often come to disagreements. I've always assumed it's me messing things up, but recently I learned it might be the machine itself.

    Check out your local library for books, or check your phone book. Most places have quilting stores/craft shops that have classes. I'm lucky where I live, although I've never taken them, to have quite a number of crafty classes available.