by carrieJanuary 15th, 2009 | Posted in craft, sewing | 1 Comment »
This was one of my favorite projects so far this year, even though it was very difficult to get it perfect. Taking an old t-shirt, my friend Katie and I put together this wallet in about 4 hours. I’ll try to clarify each step as best I can so you can make one too!
First, press the t-shirt fabric (cutting the sleeves and back off at the at the seams. You can also use a new fabric of your choice if you desire.You also want to press two other fabrics for the inside and pockets.
Next, make the cuts!
Cut Outside fabric: 8.5″x11.5″
Cut Fusible fleece: 7.75″x10.75″ and iron onto back of Outside fabric.
Cut Inside fabric: 8.5″x11.5″
Cut a piece of pellon (fusible interfacing): 7.75″x10.75″ and iron onto back of Inside fabric.
Cut 2 pieces of pocket fabric: 8.5″x7″, and sew them right sides together at both 8.5″ sides.
Cut one long piece of pocket fabric: 19″x8.5″
Attach 2 snap studs to the bottom of the outside fabric about 1″ and 1 1/2″ from the bottom.
Next, you’ll construct the lower pockets. when finished, you will have 6 credit card slots and a money pocket. Using a ruler and being careful to be precise, mark the back of the long pocket fabric at the following measurements from the top: .75″, 1.75″, 1.75″, 2.25″, 1.75″, 2.25″, 1.75″, 2.25″, 1.75″.
Folding at each interval, construct the pocket and press the folds well. Stitch across the top of each fold and stitch up the center to separate the pockets.
Place the finished pocket on the bottom of the inside fabric and stitch the sides to hold it in place.
Take the stitched upper pocket fabric and press it right side out. Topstitch both seams. Fold the bottom up to about 1/2″ lower than the top. Stitch the center of the bottom pocket to create 2 pockets. Align the pocket about 1/3 of the way down and attach upper pockets to the inside fabric by stitching across the bottom of the pocket.
Align the inside and outside fabrics so that the snaps are opposite the lower pockets, right sides in. Pin well.
Sew just outside the fusible fleece leaving a hole to flip. Trim your corners and flip the wallet right side out.
Check the pockets with a credit card and topstitch all around the wallet closing the hole as you stitch. Press and fold the wallet. Position the snap and attach with the pearl snap on the outside fabric at the top.
And voila! You are finished! Here are some pictures of the completed wallet: