I have been experimenting with wallets for the last couple of days. I made three wallets for my sons. The first one is made from black vinyl fabric and a camo remnant which I bought at Joann's. The only problem was sewing through all the layers when making the credit card slots. The second one is made from black vinyl and rip stop nylon. It was much easier to sew. I used black Velcro as a closure for the coin pouch on both. I made the card slots horizontal instead of vertical on the second wallet which allowed for fewer layers to sew through. They want the wallets to close with Velcro also so back to the drawing board. I don't want to wreck the coin pouch. Any ideas?
Looks good. I usually top stitch my handles to make them look more finished. Another trick I learned from my local quilt shop is to add some plastic strapping material(the stuff that is wrapped around boxes when they are shipped) between the layers to make them more stiff. I used it on my Amy Butler tote http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271399.msg3064138#msg3064138
This is a tote that I designed myself and is made from some Amy Butler Daisy chain fabric that I recently purchased. I started off with a McCall's pattern then changed everything. The dimensions for the sides and bottom were wrong. I have added a magnetic snap, false bottom, strip along the top, and pockets.
Here is a picture of the inside of the bag.
Below is a penguin's gone wide tote tote I made after fixing the dimensions on the pattern.
They are easy to make. One yard of fabric will make 4. You could make one with a fat quarter. I have mass produced these in the past and the following directions work well. Cut a piece of fabric 18 inches by 22.5 inches. Cut a strip of fabric one inch by 22 inches(This will be enough to make 2 straps) Hem both the top and bottom. (On some fabrics you will not need to hem the bottom because the pattern runs all the way to the edge ) Make the strap by folding the strip with both edges to the middle and then fold in half. You now have four layers of fabric. Stitch down the middle to make the strap. Cut the strap in half. It should be about 11 inches long. Set your machine to do a wide zigzag stitch. Stitch elastic onto the wrong side of the fabric about 1.5 inches from the hem on both the top and bottom. Stretch out the elastic as you stitch so that the end result is gathered. Stitch right on top of the elastic. I use quarter inch elastic. Now fold the bag in half wrong side to the outside. Fold the strap in half and insert it between the 2 layers. I usually put it just below the elastic on the top. Stitch down the side. Turn inside out and you are done. I have included a picture below.