Have you ever heard the expression “late to the party” well that is me most of the time. I generally don’t get on the popular band wagons when they are popular! I am not one to do something because the proverbial popular kids are doing it. I like to wait and see how things are going to play out before I decide to “drink the koolaid”. One such example is EPP. I have just recently decided I wanted to give it a try. I know, late right?! I talked to my good friend aka shopping enabler and got my supplies together. I wish you could see how I have them in my purse. Maybe some day soon I will take a picture of it….pathetic I tell you.
I said all that to say this……(I bet you thought I was digressing)………today’s tutorial is quite timely!!!! The talented Jackie from Sew Excited Quilts is showing us how to make a Sewing Wallet….perfect for my purse! She has some other tutorials on her blog – one of which I need to make since I have sooooooooo many selvages. I seriously need to make this bag! I sure wish I lived in the Kansas City area, I would certainly be taking some of Jackie’s classes! Ok, enough rambling from me! Take it away Miss Jackie!!!
I think most of us like to take the opportunity of a new year to start fresh and get organized. I know I do. I find that I need more that one portable sewing kit for various projects that I keep on hand. For the car, the couch or work. Here is an easy to sew wallet to keep the various supplies you will want at your finger tips.
- 3 fabrics cut 8 ½ x 7 ½
- Outside, inside and pocket
- 1 piece of batting cut 8 ½ x 7 ½
- Batting scraps cut 6 x 5 and 6 x 3
- One decorative button
- Elastic hair tie
- Take pocket fabric and fold in half right sides together so it measures 8 ½ x 3 ¾
- Layer your pieces in this order on the table: (see picture below)
- Larger batting (8 ½ x 7 ½)
- Inside fabric piece right side up
- Pocket piece lining up raw edges along the bottom edge
- Pinch the hair tie in the middle and place in the middle of the right side edge (1/2 the loop will be inside)
- Outside piece right side facing down
- Tack the hair tie in place
- Sew a ¼ inch seam along each side of wallet leaving a 3 inch opening along the top edge
- Trim close to edges along your stitching line, including the tie end that is showing
- Don’t trim your opening (other than the batting)
- Turn right side out, make sure you bring out your pocket to the inside of your wallet
- Turn your open edge inside 1/4 inch and press
- Edge stitch around the entire wallet stitching your opening closed
- Stitch again ¼ inch in from edge
Fold wallet in ½ and place button on the outside to match up with your hair tie loop, sew
- Open up the wallet with the tie on the right side
- Mark center from top to bottom
- Center the two batting scraps inside with the larger piece on the bottom
- Stitch your marked lining, securing your batting scraps
- If desired mark stitching lines for smaller pockets in your wallet
Quick, easy, fun, and useful.
Printable directions found here: Sewing Wallet
Enjoy the Journey, Jackie
I almost forgot….I am supposed to remind you the 2013 FAL is moving to Leanne’s Blog …..She Can Quilt. You can link up over there starting January 7th.