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. 

2 comments:

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

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  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.

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