Wallet Tutorial

September 8th, 2006

I’m finally getting around to posting this. I hope it will keep you busy while I’m knee-deep in boxes and bubble wrap!

Wallet Tutorial

You will need one 9″ x 8″ piece of fabric for the outside, one 9″ x 8″ piece of fabric for the lining, and one 9″ x 8″ piece of vinyl. I bought the orange-grade of vinyl that is sold in the upholstery section of Jo-Ann’s. I’m not sure what thickness it is exactly, but it’s the middle-grade: not the thinnest, not the thickest. Someone suggested sewing this project with a teflon-foot, which is a very good idea if you have one; I don’t and it worked fine, but it does take a little force.

Wallet Tutorial

For the pockets, you will need four 4.25″ x 2.25″ pieces of vinyl and four 5″ cuts of ribbon to line the tops of the pocket.

Wallet Tutorial

You will need one 9″ x 8″ piece of fabric for the outside, one 9″ x 8″ piece of fabric for the lining, and one 9″ x 8″ piece of vinyl.

Wallet Tutorial

For the pockets, you will need four 4.25″ x 2.25″ pieces of vinyl and four 5″ cuts of ribbon to line the tops of the pocket.

Wallet Tutorial

To begin, pin the ribbon along the top, long edge of the 4.25″ x 2.25″ pieces of vinyl. Pin the extra ribbon behind the front side, for a finished edge. Stitch on in a zigzag stitch in a corresponding or coordinating thread.

The finished pockets should look like this:
Wallet Tutorial

Wallet Tutorial

Take the piece of fabric you wish to show on the outside and place the vinyl on top of the right side of the fabric. Pin to form 1/2″ seams.

Wallet Tutorial

Stitch as close the the edge as possible in a cooresponding or coordinating color.

Wallet Tutorial

Pin one pocket along the bottom, long edge to the top left corner of the right side of your fabric/vinyl. Leave about a 1/4″ between the pocket and the edge of the wallet. Stitch along the bottom, long edge. Do not stitch all the way around the pocket.

Wallet Tutorial

Pin the second pocket on, leaving about a 1/2 inch between the tops of the ribbon. Stitch, again, along the bottom edge only.

Wallet Tutorial

Pin the third pocket on, leaving about a 1/2 inch between the tops of the ribbon. Stitch in a U-shape to attach all edges of the pockets to the wallet.

Wallet Tutorial

Center and pin the fourth pocket on the top right hand side of the wallet. Stitch along all edges of the fourth pocket.

Wallet Tutorial

Take the 9″ x 8″ piece of fabric for the lining and pin in to form a finished edge with a 1/2 seam. Pin this piece to the fabric/vinyl top piece with wrong sides facing. Stitch along the parameter of the fabrics.

Wallet inside

Once finished stitching, fold the wallet in half. It should measure 8″ x 3.5″ and be oblong like a hot dog.

Wallet Tutorial

Stitch along the two side edges to close and finish the wallet.

Sushi Wallet

Congratulations!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jessica Hood  |  September 9th, 2006 at 8:25 am

    thank you!

  • 2. *karen  |  September 10th, 2006 at 1:43 am

    Where do you find the vinyl? Do they sell it at regular fabric stores and do you look for a certain thickness? Thanks for posting this tute. Maybe I will get around to making a wallet.

  • 3. lera  |  September 17th, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    thank you for the instructions!

  • 4. Lisa  |  August 1st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    thanks for the instructions. this is awesome

  • 5. tom eckert  |  August 28th, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Years ago I bought some really neat wallets advertised in The Christian Science Monitor. They were made out of black nylon (parachutte) material and advertised as the thinest wallets in the world. The selling company was called Pincraft and located in Pasadena California. That company seems to no longer exist. Any chance you know if these wallets are still made and sold?

  • 6. Lindsey  |  September 7th, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Random question, Tom, and random that I know the answer:

    http://www.all-ett.com

    A friend of mine bought one to stick in the back pocket of her jeans when going out without a purse. Of course, it won’t be as stylish as anything Dacia shows you how to make…

  • 7. Wallets « Rhubarbsk&hellip  |  January 14th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    [...] My dear friend Suzanne was in Belgium over the Holidays and (gasp) lost her wallet.   This is so horrifying to me on so many levels.  Just losing a wallet is pretty devastating, but having that happen when you are so far away from home!?  Luckily, she’s a true wallet carrier and her passport wouldn’t fit in a wallet and thus, was not lost.  She borrowed some money and got home safely.  But, Suzanne is not a big shopper.  Even though it’s been more than two weeks, she has not purchased a new wallet.  So, I had the idea to make one for her.  I’ve been wanting to try out a few patterns like this one, and this one.  But, I found myself running around trying to make it 20 seconds before seeing her.  I ended up making a paper wallet!  I followed the video over at instructables.  Abby thought the video was so cool.  Who knew a little origami with a good beat would be so entertaining. [...]

  • 8. Slimslimmy Wallet  |  March 12th, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Thank you for the wallet tutorial…nice post

  • 9. Quick Christmas Gifts (Pa&hellip  |  December 8th, 2010 at 6:44 am

    [...] Wallet with Vinyl Pockets [...]

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