My awesome neon duct tape lady wallet finally died. I made it so it had pockets for all my cards, a little pocket for change, and a large enough envelope for unfolded cash bills and checks. I ended up smashing everything into one pocket anyway so that the wallet itself was just a giant bulge of stuff, much like George Costanza’s wallet.
So when I decided to make myself a new one, I went for a more simplified version where I could keep all my cards in one area, and all my cash in the other because that’s how I roll. Boom.
The neat thing about this is that I decided to up cycle my spoonflower.com print test swatches because they were so pretty, yet so small to sew anything larger than a pocket book. Since I’m just delving into using my sewing machine on a regular basis, I chose to sew a simple zipper pouch using this wonderful tutorial that I found on fallfordiy.com:
I made many of these pouches at once from various fabric types, but I found that using a woven cotton fabric worked best. Less slippery and stretch, and more control. And, I also just used plastic zippers of any length and simply cut them to size before sewing in. I really wanted to do a contrasting pop color and the smaller zippers offered by the craft stores do not come in many offerings besides white, black, navy and beige.
So for this wallet, I chose one 5.5” pouch and one 7.5’ pouch, both 3.5” wide.
The only think that I did differently from Francesca, is that I actually did a hidden stitch on step 12 to sew up my inside lining so that my loose change, stamps, bits and bobs wouldn't go missing between the layers. And, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so when she says, “out of sight out of mind” that doesn’t really work for me. But, you be you! I won’t judge.
So now you have your pouches. Here are the steps I followed to make my zippered clutch:
1. Line your pouches up bottom to bottom. Make sure your zippers are oriented the same way. See how mine, when zipped are both at the top? Sew bottoms together along bottom seams through the insides. You will really have to keep an eye on what you are doing so that you pierce both layers of fabric in both pouches in the same spots.
2. Next, using a matching thread color, sew a length of ribbon about 12"-14" (right side facing up) into the seam where two pouches are attached leaving half about 2” longer than the other. It doesn't really matter how wide your ribbon is, but since you will be tying it into a bow, probably 1.5" wide would be the max.
3. Lastly, wrap ribbon ends around to the front of your wallet and tie a pretty bow!
There you go! Happy crafting.