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deruyter2008
« on: August 10, 2010 07:13:47 AM »

This is a rather verbose post so feel free to skip ahead to pics if you like!

Ok, so after years of lurking I've finally mounted my courage and I'm posting my first completed project.  I made this wristlet last January the week before I went back to school, so please excuse its worn loved look.  

I based the design on Vera Bradley's All in One Wristlet:  http://www.verabradley.com/product/Category/Accessories/All-in-One-Wristlet/154832/defaultColor/Make%20Me%20Blush/pc/638/p/154832/sc/645/c/0.uts  
I'm going to college in Connecticut where Vera Bradley's a rather huge phenomenon (not so much in California where I'm from).  Being someone who carries tons of things and needs a huge wallet I loved the idea of a wristlet that could hold all my cards, cash, receipts, and ID as well as a handy pocket to hold my cell phone.  I love being able to just grab it and go on days I stumble out of bed to the caf don't feel like carrying a purse.  On the other hand, I'm not huge on the paisley fabrics that Vera uses or of the quilted look, not to mention I'd rather spend $5 making it to my own preferences, rather than $30 for the original.  I made a few alterations to the original design, notably I made it larger, so it would hold a bill while still unfolded and so it would hold more cards (the original only held 3!).  I also added a clear card slot on the inside as well as the outside, and put finger slots in both so the card could easily slide out (immensely convenient with college ID's - you have to swipe them everywhere!)  

If you made it this far thank you and onto the photos!

Front outside view of the card slot with a finger slot, this is where I keep my college ID for easy access Cheesy


Detail Shot of the Finger Slot


The back with a pocket for a phone/ipod/gum etc.


And finally the inside.  It has a zippered pocket on the left side and the right has a cash pocket with 7 card slots with a clear ID pocket.


Cash Pocket


I have to thank a few fellow craftsters since I used bits of their tutorials to make this.
I used that-darn-kat's quilted wallet tutorial for the card slot measurements:  http://darnkat.wordpress.com/quilted-fabric-wallet-tutorial/
and I used Vanyel's tutorial for the licence holder:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237259.0

Let me know what you all think, comments and criticism welcome!  Thanks for looking! Grin

EDIT:  Link to Tute - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358767.0
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6craftycats
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010 07:29:48 AM »

I love it! I too hate lugging a purse around all the time. I could really use one of these
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010 08:07:41 AM »

I love it! I love Vera's wallets/ID holders as well and I hope to make my own someday b/c like you I dislike paisley!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010 11:44:32 AM »

love it!!! and wisted  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2010 12:20:37 PM »

Very nicely done! I so badly need one of these as well.
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2010 03:12:11 PM »

That's awesome!  Way to go to make it to your own specs.  I love having a little thing to grab instead of a purse.  I've made myself some smaller grab-and-go things - this looks pretty cool, too - could fit my checkbook for those (ever fewer) times when I need to write a check!
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deruyter2008
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2010 10:40:36 PM »

Thanks everyone! Cheesy

I've made myself some smaller grab-and-go things - this looks pretty cool, too - could fit my checkbook for those (ever fewer) times when I need to write a check!

Yeah since it's a zip around I throw some things in the middle that won't fit, like a checkbook!
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tiegh
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2010 01:29:47 PM »

Great job! I love the zipper around the outside. I still haven't figured that out...
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deruyter2008
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2010 03:29:07 PM »

Great job! I love the zipper around the outside. I still haven't figured that out...

The zipper was rather awful, I chucked it across the room at least 3 times and worked on other things for a week or so to make me remember I like sewing Roll Eyes  It was worth it in the end though! Cheesy
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Poosel
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010 12:19:56 AM »

about how much fabric did you use?
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