Teresa from Dandelion Drift designed this handy wallet to highlight the pretty new fabrics from the Arizona collection by April Rhodes. Download the free PDF template, and hop over to learn more about Teresa in her introduction.
Contemporary Cloth sent me a fat quarter pack of Arizona fabric by April Rhodes; I knew that all these fabrics were perfect to showcase in one great project that I’d tote around with me everyday… A wallet! This tutorial uses one fat quarter each of every design in the Arizona fabric collection. You will also need one zipper, 10” or longer, a 9” x 12” piece of craft felt and a snap.
Download the free Arizona Wallet PDF to find a cut list and template. Begin by cutting out each fabric piece and corresponding interfacing. Iron the interfacing on to the back of each fabric piece. Remember all fabric pieces except the 2” x 8.5” piece will require interfacing. Cut out the template and align the rounded edges to the top of your 8.5” x 11.5” pieces of fabric and felt (you should have two fabric pieces and one felt piece this size). Use the template to round the top two corners of each of these pieces (leave the bottoms square and the 11.5″ length).
Use the 2” x 8.5” piece of fabric to create double fold bias tape. Iron the 2” x 8.5” piece in half, with long sides meeting each other, wrong sides together. Open this piece up and fold the long raw edges to meet in the middle. Iron, and then fold again down the middle. Press firmly.
Now we are ready to start sewing.
Coin + Dollar Bill Pockets:
1. Begin with the upper zipper of the coin pocket. Unzip your zipper, and grab the two 3.5” x 8.5” pieces of fabric. Position these two with wrong sides together. Insert these items in the previously-created bias tape. Place the zipper on top of the fabric, closing the bias binding so all raw edges are concealed and zipper teeth are visible. Stitch 1/8 of an inch from the zipper teeth.
2. Move on to the bottom zipper of the coin pocket. Close the zipper back up. Fold the previously-sewn fabric to the top so it is out of the way. Grab your 3” x 8.5” cut of fabric and lay it wrong side facing up, aligned along the bottom side of the zipper. Stitch within ¼ inch of the zipper teeth.
3. Fold this piece back down and press. Topstitch 1/8 in ch from the edge. Trim the zipper (if you need to) down to be the same length as the rest of your fabric, 8.5 inches.
4. You now have a zipped coin pocket and a dollar bill pocket. Align this pocket on top of your inner piece. Bast ¼ inch from the edge around the two sides and the bottom. Do not stitch the top of the pocket down (otherwise your dollar bills would have no where to go).
Credit Card Pockets:
1. Fold the four 6″ x 8.5″ cuts of fabric in half long ways, wrong sides together and press.
2. Place the top credit card fabric 3″ down from the top edge of the inner fabric. Stitch ½” from the bottom raw edge. The clean folded edge should be at the top.
3. Lay your next credit card fabric ¼” down from the top of your first credit card fabric, and stitch ½” from bottom raw edge. The clean folded edge should be at the top.
4. Repeat for the third credit card pocket.
5. For the last credit card pocket, align raw edges so they are facing the raw edges of the last pocket sewn. The clean folded edge will be down towards your zipper coin pocket. Stitch ¼” from the raw edge.
6. Fold the last pocket up and stitch ½” from your bottom edge. All raw edges should be concealed within the stitches.
7. Fold the top of the inner fabric down away from the credit card pockets. Stitch a 2 ½” straight line down the middle of the pockets. This divides your pockets doubling the room to store cards.
You are almost ready to sew this wallet together. Before you do, grab the outer piece and felt, quilting the pieces together however you like. I have quilted straight lines spaced ¼” apart. Now you are ready to assemble the wallet!
- Take the inner piece (the one with all of the pockets sewn onto it), and place it right sides together with the outer piece (the one you just quilted). Using ½” seam allowance, sew all the way around, leaving a 2″ opening at the top.
- Turn your wallet right side out by pulling it through the opening you left at the top. Iron the seams and topstitch all the way around, using 1/8″ seam. A walking foot may be needed to help sew through all the layers.
- Attaching the snaps is the final step. Start with the snap that is at the bottom of the wallet, lifting the money pocket out of the way to attach the snap. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Follow this step by adding the snap to the top, aligning it with the snap you just inserted!
And you are done! Pack that wallet full of goodies. You’ll smile each time you pull it out of your purse… You made it!
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