What ARE these things called?!!
First the story: A friend and I spent one very long, hysterical and slap-happy day trying desperately to sew/rip/sew just TWO mini wallets with vinyl windows and a place for a key ring! We made the first ones from a pattern I'd made up and used exactly one time this past weekend. Pictures of that Lilac-and-lace key-let here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehumofdelicious/sets/72157594303896847/
Admitting defeat, we refined the idea to something like this polka-dotty key-let. I have been folding 11 x 14 paper origami-style for the last two days to come up with this. My friend hasn't seen the revised wall-ey yet, so I hope it's what she had in mind!
It's an original pattern, and muuuucchh easier than what we were trying to do before. It's my third wallet, ever.
Hmmm. I'd like to say the top stitching is straighter than it appears. Sigh. It's sooo thick, with "medium" weight (1/8" thick?!) interfacing in it. It was really hard to sew through. Suggestions?!)
There's good news...No vinyl! (I hate things I only get one chance to sew. It ALWAYS takes me twice!)
Notice the difference between the sew-in velcro (on the change purse, nice and straight) and the iron-in velcro (on the key-let flap, edges curved like the directions said to). Ick. I won't be doing THAT again. Will it really "lift" if I don't curve the edges?!
There are three card pockets, two "cash" pockets, and a hook-and-loop sealed change pocket. It took about an hour and a half, from cutting out to finished, but that's with me having to figure out which order to sew the change purse flap in (nope, not THEN...! Rip, rip, rip.) and to NOT use that iron-on vinyl to make the outside dirt resistant. (It wrinkled so much as I turned the tube that I had to use my little scimitar seam blade to cut it off and then cut out a new one.... Rip, rip, rip. Argh.)
The next one(s) should be easier, quicker. Tomorrow, not today.
This one is the prototype. If we can get it down to where it is quicker, we'll make a whole bunch for Christmas!