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Topic: Tut For Long Fold-Up Wallet, As Promised ~ Very, Very Pic Heavy!!  (Read 15943 times)
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« on: February 09, 2007 11:33:13 AM »

After posting this wallet here
a tut has been requested.  So...

Here is my version of how to make a fold-up wallet, but you might want to get a cup of coffee first, cause it's alot of reading!  But don't fear, it's not hard, I just have this need to "over-explain" things! Cheesy:

OF= Outer Fabric
IF= Inner Fabric (lining)
RST= right sides together
WSO= wrong sides out
WST= wrong sides together

  Pieces you need:

  1 - 9" W x 14" L -- outer body piece
  1 - 9" W x 14" L -- lining body piece
  1 - 9" W x 8" high -- money pocket (I used the outer fabric)
  1 - 9" W x 8" high -- lower pocket (I used the lining fabric)
  2 - 9" W x 5" high -- 2 small card pockets (I used one of each for
  1 - magnetic snap (or velcro, if you prefer, for your closure)
  some light interfacing and heavier interfacing


First, interface all of your pieces -- light on all pieces except for the outer body piece, which gets the heavy interfacing.  I use sew in and baste as close to the edge as I can, so these don't show later on.

Take your money pocket piece and fold RST and stitch 5/8" along the long edge; press open; turn RSO; press again.  Topstitch along the top long edge.  Put aside for now.

Next, take your lower pocket and 2 small card pocket pieces and fold them WST, raw long edges together.  Topstitch the top edges of all 3 of these.

This next step can be done 2 different ways.  I'll show what I did this time, but at the end of this tut, I'll explain the other way:
I  attached the OF small pocket piece to the lower pocket piece, as pictured, by stitching along the bottom raw edge of the OF small pocket.   

Then attach the IF small card pocket piece as pictured below

Topstitch down the center of that whole piece, through all thicknesses.  I also basted the sides together here, but you don't have to.

Next, baste that whole stitched-together piece to right side of the lining body piece, lining up the bottom raw edges, as pictured.  Also, take the topstitched, turned RSO money pocket piece and place it somewhere in the middle of the lining body piece (I gauge where by "folding" the wallet together to see if it folds up OK.), and stitch along the bottom edge of it (where you see the pins in the pic).

Now, put the outer body piece and inner body piece RST and stitch a 5/8" seam all around, leaving a 4" opening at the top of the wallet.  Trim corners and seams, except for that top 4" opening, cut as pictured.

Turn the whole thing RSO.  This is the hardest part!  It will depend on the type of fabric you use...obviously the heavier stuff is a little harder to turn and stitch.  Hang in there and keep working it, pushing out the corners as best you can!  Smiley  Press it as much as you can.  The opening should look something like this:

Mark a spot in the center, about 3/4" down from the top, and attach your magnetic snap piece.  After attaching that piece, I fold the wallet down to gauge where the other part of the magnetic snap should be on the wallet, as pictured. Then, mark that spot.  Reaching in through that top opening, attach the other magnetic snap piece, as pictured.

Tuck in that uncut opening edge, and press it.

After pinning all around (I just do it so nothing shifts), topstitch the top section only, as pictured.

Voila!  You're done!!  Smiley
Finished pics:

**The other way to do the small pocket piece is before topstiching the OF small pocket piece, stitch the long raw edges RST, maybe just 2/8" seam, and turn RSO, then topstitch it--like you did the money pocket piece--and proceed as above.  This way, that bottom edge is finished, as opposed to raw, but this wallet is for me, and it is hidden.  The way I've done this in the past is to cut the small pocket pcs. different sizes -- the OF one being 6 1/2" high instead of 5" high, so that it will line up along the bottom raw edge of the lining body piece and will be "caught" in the seam when you stitch both body pcs. together.  The only down-side to this is that it's alot of thickness to stitch through when putting body pcs. together**

If anyone has questions, just PM me, and I hope this was a clear tut!  Cheesy
« Last Edit: February 09, 2007 11:40:30 AM by runnermom100863 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2007 11:54:58 AM »

This is great! My wallets always turn out too small or crooked, so thanks. Maybe I can make a good looking one now!

« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2007 12:51:08 PM »

OH thank you, Ineed a new wallet oh so bad and this pattern / tute is on my level, LOL.  Now If I could just decide what fabric to use, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007 01:31:15 PM »

wow thats awesome!!!!  The current pattern (my own made up one) I use for wallets is really lengthy too.. I'm not even sure I could make a tutorial.  You did a great job!!!!  Thank you for posting this! Smiley
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007 02:55:32 PM »

runnermom you are brilliant.  Thanks so much for the tute.  I would be sewing up one of these today if I didn't have to work this weekend  Angry

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007 03:09:03 PM »

Thank Thank Thank You  !!!!!!!!!!!!! I will try it this weekend
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2007 03:40:12 PM »

 Grin Great tute!  I love making wallets and I can't wait to try your pattern!  Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007 03:49:31 PM »

Thank YOU -- I love this!
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2007 04:42:42 PM »

Sooooo Fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!  Looking forward to trying your tut instructions..  I have way too much scrape material leftover from my bags and have been wanting to try a wallet.  Now I have no excuses Grin!!!

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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2007 04:47:27 PM »

Awesome!   **jumping up and down whoo Hoo**  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

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