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Topic: My first wallet/clutch thing: long wallet with fun insides  (Read 2015 times)
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« on: November 10, 2008 11:30:36 PM »

I have a craft show coming up in a month so I've been cranking out some new ideas. Unfortunately for me, my machine sewing skill are still rusty as I've only actually completed 3 projects with it so far.
I've always loved clutches but I carry way too much crap around with me to use them as my only "stuff holder". So I just use them as wallets and I thought it would be interesting to see if I could make one of my own.

I stupidly made the inside lining the same size as the outside so it's a bit warped but overall I like how it came out. I used pieces of matte board and some batting to help it keep its shape. The fabrics that I used to make the pocket and cardholders were all salvaged from old tapestry sample books and they fray like crazy, thus the sloppiness.

The front with vintage button.


Inside, the green lace that I added to the money pouch came out really odd looking in the photos. It makes more sense in life.


This shot's a little better.


My favorite part, the curvy frame window for a driver's license.


Close up of the front.


I wanted to show it off and see if anyone has suggestions for how to achieve a cleaner look. The card slots are pretty bad =/
Also, anyone have a clue as to how much I should try selling it for at the craft show? They usually have some pretty damn good seamstresses with booths there so I'm nervous.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008 11:39:16 PM »

i use thatdarnkat's quilted wallet tutorial.
http://darnkat.wordpress.com/quilted-fabric-wallet-tutorial/
she has the slots the other way, but it could give you good ideas on how to fold, sew etc;
i love this tutorial its so easy to follow and i'm a newb
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008 12:17:39 AM »

It's so pretty! I love the fabric and clasp/closure! Great job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008 02:19:54 AM »

I've wisted this, I think it's so beautiful! I would happily pay 10-15 for this, because it's gorgeous and totally unique. I think that's maybe $20-30? (I'm a little hazy on the exchange rate atm).

Anyway, good luck! If you don't sell it, I will gladly take it off your hands!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2008 04:15:42 AM »

wisted !!!
I really love the colours and the fabric!
Although I already have a wallet, I would love this one too Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2008 05:08:28 AM »

I think your fabric choices really make the project.
Have you tried fray check ( a glue like product)? or what about satin stitch the edges- makes it a lot more labor intensive but neatens up the look quite a bit. Just set it on smallest number of stitches and zigzag setting- test on something else first of course.
Nice work, I'm in the same boat- but not making wallets  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2008 01:17:01 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I will be using that tutorial for the card slots next time!
I actually did use fray check, which is usually my trusted best friend, but it didn't seem to do much for the tapestry fabrics. Satin stitching sounds like it would work though, so I'll try that.
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