Tiny little wallets that fit just perfectly into the mini clutches from my first official pattern, The Infinity Tote.
It's perfect for the minimalist (like me) who wants just enough wallet to cart around a few credit cards, a bit o'change, and some greenbacks. After lugging a huge diaper bag around for 8 years with everything but the kitchen sink, it's so nice to be able to grab a tiny tote when I'm running a couple of errands or spending a day playing tourist.
It's also a great way to make use of extra little scraps you may have lying around, begging to be made into something useful and pretty.
The front pocket is designed for coins, the middle area is for bills, and
Okay, I hope I didn't scare anybody too badly...I just wanted to give you a heads up so you didn't run into the same problems I did during construction.
Main body (cut 2): 5" x 7 3/4"
Cover flap (cut 2): 5" x 2 1/2"
Pockets (cut 1): 5" x 12"
INTERFACING (heavy duty, fusible on one side like Pellon DuraBond):
Main body (cut 1): 4 1/2" x 7 1/4"
flap (cut 1): a scant 4 1/2" (meaning just shy of 4.5") x 2 1/4"
HINT: To get a nice curve on the interfacing, use a spool of thread as a guide and trace around it on one corner.
Fold interfacing in half, then trim along that line to create 2 perfect, uniform curves.
Turn the pocket "tube" right side out and press flat, with the seam right at the edge of one of the pocket sides. If desired, stitch ribbon along the edges of pocket as shown. Make sure ribbon is sewn on straight = a crooked ribbon will be very apparent later on.
NOTE: press the ribbon with a hot steam iron BEFORE stitching onto pocket fabric. Ribbon can shrink and could cause fabric to pucker if not pressed beforehand.
Reduce the stitch length to about a 2 so that you can navigate the corners more precisely, and go very slowly (sometimes I even "walk" the needle through the corner areas instead of using the foot mechanism) so you can do a good job.
Leave the liner inside out as shown above.
Now, take the liner (which is still inside out) and slip it over the top of the wallet and flap so that the raw edges meet up exactly and the side seams match up.
If using a decorative button for the outside flap, sew in place now.