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Topic: TUTORIAL: Fabric Bifold Wallet - TONS OF PICS!  (Read 92019 times)
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lolo
« on: January 24, 2005 08:54:07 AM »

Okay, here's the wallet tutorial for the wallet in this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=23368.0  Same pattern, different fabrics.  Enjoy!!

Here's the finished wallet!
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/A.jpg


http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/B.jpg[
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/C.jpg
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/D.jpg

1.  Ready to get started?  You'll need to cut three pattern pieces that look like this:
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/01.jpg

You'll have:
- two large outer fabric rectangles (8" x 4 3/4")
- two large outer lining fabric rectangles (8" x 4 3/4")
- two "Pocket A" size rectangles (4 3/4" x 2 7/8")
- two "Pocket B" size rectangles (4 3/4" x  3 1/2")

**Note -- this makes a verrrry snug wallet when it comes to fitting in cards.. Bump up 4 3/4 to 5 inches if you want a roomier wallet

http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/02.jpg

Making the Inside of the Wallet:

2.  Now prepare the pockets by folding over the top edge 5/8", pressing and pinning:

http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/03.jpg

3.  Sew the tops down, this is a great places for a decorative stitch!
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/05.jpg

4.  Grab one of your large rectangles of outer fabric and place it RIGHT SIDE UP in front of you.  Align Pocket B with the short sides of the large rectangle (should match right up) and pin.
Make sure your pockets are also RIGHT SIDE UP!
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/07.jpg

5.  Grab a card you'll be carrying in you wallet and slide it under the pocket.  Mark where you want your pocket to end (how deep it is) and sew.  Free free to use a pen to draw a line to follow while sewing, this will never show.

http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/09.jpg

6.  Repeat the same thing on the other side.  Trim your seam allowance so you can see the ends of your big rectangle again.

http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/10.jpg

You're inner pockets are finished...
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/11.jpg

7.  Grab your Pocket A's and align them to each end, over the Pocket B's.  Pin!

**Note -- if you want to add decoration to these pockets (a strip of ribbon, etc), do so before this step.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/12.jpg

8.  Take one of your large rectangles of lining fabric and place it RIGHT SIDE DOWN over the whole shabang. 
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/13.jpg

9.  Pin!  Notice I left three pins close together on one of the short sides... this is because you're going to leave an opening here in order to turn this baby inside out.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/14.jpg

10.  Begin sewing just after your three pins and sew clockwise (5/8" seam) around the whole thing...
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/15.jpg

Until you meet the pins again
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/16.jpg

11.  Trim off your seam allowances (be careful if your fabric frays, don't trim too close) EXCEPT for the side with the opening.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/18.jpg

12.  Turn your wallet inside out!  Don't freak out if some of your stitches come out near the opening when you do this.. just be careful.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/19.jpg

13.  Hand sew the little opening together.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/21.jpg

Tip:  Pull your last stitch through the pocket to conceal the end.  Press the whole thing.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/22.jpg

The hardest parts are done!!

Making the Outside of the Wallet:

14.  Grab your two leftover large rectangles.  Place them RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/23.jpg

15.  Pin the same way you did before (with your three helper pins).
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/24.jpg

16.  Sew around clockwise again and trim your seam allowances -- remember to leave the seam allowance on the side with the opening!
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/25.jpg

17.  Turn inside out, tuck in the rough edges...
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/26.jpg

18.  Hand sew closed...  Press.
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/27.jpg

19.  Use a decorative stitch all around the edges...  This is the outside of your wallet so decorate as you see fit...
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/28.jpg


Put the Wallet Together:

20.  Hand sew the two wallet pieces together, lining sides together.  Sew two short sides and one long side of your choice.  Almost done! 
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/29.jpg

21.  Sew on your hook and eye closure
http://stewartspeak.com/lauren/wallettutorial/30.jpg

You're done!  Please feel free to PM or IM me if you have any questions!
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afianto
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2005 09:21:30 AM »

What a great wallet.  Thank you so much for posting the tutorial - good use of a blizzard!
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2005 09:50:56 AM »

Excellent Tutorial and so timely too.  I have been searching for a new wallet without any luck.  I am also in the process of making a new bag so I will definitely try you tute and post a pic when I do.

Thanks again for the tutorial great job! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2005 12:05:11 PM »

My hero! No, really, MY HERO! Thank you so much for such an awesome tutorial. I am definitely going to give this a shot tonight. You make it look very do-able. Again, you rule; thanks so much!
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2005 06:11:02 PM »

Very cool!

Great tut!  Thanks!
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lolo
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2005 08:04:49 AM »

*blush*
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casa
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2005 08:14:42 AM »

thanks so much. that is great. i have been wanting to try a wallet for a while + kind of had an idea in my head............... ..now this will help tremendously....... ........thanks thanks thanks
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2005 08:26:00 AM »

Yay! This is great! I'm going to make it today.
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2005 01:23:29 PM »

It's so squishy.. it reminds me of a mattress Cheesy

(that's a good thing in my world. mattresses are sleepy, and sleep is happy.)
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2005 05:00:53 PM »

Thanks so much!  You make it look so easy. Smiley
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