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« on: January 31, 2012 02:02:45 PM »

Have you been wanting to make your own tea wallet?  Here's a tutorial for you.



You'll need 5 by 7 inch cuts of outside fabric, inside fabric and a piece of flannel which will help give your wallet some stability.  You'll also need a 2.5 by 7 inch cut of your inside fabric and a 3.5 by 7 inch cut of your outside fabric.  These will be the interior pockets.  Lastly, you'll need an elastic hair tie and a button to finish your wallet.


Fold over and iron a quarter inch of your pocket fabric.  Sew it down.  Repeat for your other pocket fabric.  If your fabric has an orientation to it, make sure you sew the correct edge. 


Line up and pin your two pockets to the bottom of your interior fabric.  Sew a 1/8 inch seam through all three layers at the bottom to secure them together. 


Now it's time to layer them all together.  Place your outside fabric on the table, right side up.  Then place your interior fabric (with the pockets already sewn on at the bottom) with the right side facing your outside fabric.  This means these right sides will be facing each other.  On top of that lay your piece of flannel.  Mine has animal prints on it.  It doesn't matter which side of your flannel is up, it will be hidden inside when you are done.  Pin it all together.   


Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the layered fabric 'sandwich', leaving about 1 1/2 inches open on one side so you can turn it.  Before you start sewing, decide where to leave the turn opening.  Have a good look at your fabric.  Leave the opening where you want your elastic tie inserted.


Before you turn everything right side out, clip the corners.  Rather than just doing a 45 degree angle, I do a rounded cut. 


Turn it right side out using a chopstick to help with your corners, iron it (very important) and place the hair elastic where you want it.  Pin it in place.


Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the entire edge, make sure you sew over the elastic twice to make it secure.


It's time to sew your button on, opposite your elastic.  The thread gets hidden inside a pocket. Sweet!


The last thing you should do is sew a seam right down the middle.  Load it with tea, sweetener, pepper flakes, whatever your heart desires.  Pop it in your purse and you're good to go. 
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012 02:46:27 PM »

So cute!  Love the fabric choices and thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012 02:54:08 PM »

I have no idea why I would want a tea wallet but I want one, that is so cute! And a brilliant idea!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012 03:08:08 PM »

Thank you, Missing Willow! Your fabric is wonderful!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012 03:11:54 PM »

What a wonderful tutorial!! Thank you so much!!
I absolutely adore that fabric!!!! Where did you get it, if you don't mind me asking ...
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012 03:33:51 PM »

I got it on vacation on sale a few years ago and have been 'saving' (aka hoarding) it.  It's a Tina Givens pattern. Opal Owl's house.
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012 05:38:46 PM »

I have seen that fabric before, but I cannot remember where, I love it - MW, you put it to good use, and I hoard fabric too.  I look at fabric like an addict.  Oh, that's right, I AM!!  Addicted to fabric, that is!   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012 07:30:29 PM »

Great tutorial and love the fabrics! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2012 01:36:16 PM »

What a lovely way to take your favorite tea to work each day!

I love that you took care to make the little owl the focus on the front!  Looks like he is watching over your tea! Cheesy

Thanks for sharing your tutorial and your tea wallet--it is really pretty!
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2012 02:50:53 PM »

What a great idea! And, with a little change, could be a first-time quilt project, too!
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