I have been asked by several friends and family members about making a wallet, for lets just say, more than a year and each time my response was welcoming to do it but, “I have never made one before”. I also wasn’t sure about making one to the standard of what I personally like to have as a wallet. My biggest concern was finding a pattern that suited the needs but didn’t take a full day to sew or was difficult to figure out how it goes together.
My search for a wallet pattern landed me at Sew Mama Sew who hosted the tutorial from Theresa at Dandelion Drift for what has been deemed the “Arizona Wallet” (if you see the original, you’ll understand why!). The actual tutorial is on the Sew Mama Sew website. The look of the wallet and the simplicity of it along with the right amount of extras in it (dollar bill and zippered coin pouch, 6 credit card pouches and another long pouch for those extras, like receipts) made me fall in love. After reading the instructions and playing it all out in my head on how it would go together I decided this would be the one I finally give it a go.
I grabbed a large piece of Art Gallery Poppie Coordinates Petal fabric that I had left over from the charm square swap I took part of again and decided that would be the exterior of the fabric. Easy enough, right? Well not so much. For the life of me, I could not find one fabric (other than solid) that I thought worked well with the fabric and I did not want to do solids (and honestly don’t know why).
I ended up going through my numerous piles of scraps on my shelves and landed on all of the fabrics used for the interior. The two grey prints are from Moda (that’s all that was visual on the selvage) and the cream and yellow print I have no idea where it is from. I thought the exterior was pretty all in its own and the inside matches well within itself, but by no means coordinates with the exterior. Instead of being hard on myself I decided to just start making it as this was a trial run for this wallet pattern. I was fortunate enough to have a grey zipper on hand as well. Someone would love it one day, right? Does anyone else have to convince themselves to just start making sometimes when you aren’t comfortable with the fabrics… even on a trial run?
I am calling this wallet still a WIP because there is one last step which is adding a snap to keep it closed. I have been wanting to invest in a snap tool and this gave me a perfect reason to. I will be picking one up tomorrow. I did decide I would gift this wallet to one of my co-workers little girl as she is beyond a cutie and she seems to be my go-to admirer for pouches and other small things I try out without mindfully coordinating fabrics.
All in all I am very pleased with this wallet and got a great response when I posted it on Instagram last night. I had to post it right away as I was feeling pretty proud of myself with the ending result and not to mention from beginning to end, 2 1/2 hours! :::fist pump:::
I am now excited to be making a few more of these babies and now I know how to make them from beginning to end even in the future when someone asks to have one made. With that being said, there are a few things that through me off when going through the tutorial and forced additional time to the project since I really had to analyze what was trying to be said vs. what was being shown and/or seen in the pictures of the tutorial. Overall this is a super easy pattern with such a huge impact! I highly recommend it. Does anyone else have any other wallet patterns that might be fun to give a try?