Free pattern: wallet sewing pattern and photo tutorial


A few years ago when I was living in Japan I decided that I would make a new wallet

I bought the leather, made a pattern from my tatty wallet that I loved and cut out all my pieces that I needed. I even designed an incricate cut out that I cut out from the main piece of leather using a scapel.

Then I came home and the wallet has remained unfinished ever since, with me cursing at myself everytime I drag my out my current useless excuse for a wallet!

Recently, however I came across a fantastic free sewing pattern, including a full step-by-step tutorial created by Liz at Confessions of a Fabricaholic. It's really easy to follow and meant that I whipped up my wallet in a few hours.

Here's how I made mine:


To make my wallet I used some laser cut leather and some japanese fabric I bought from my trip, together with some turquoise silk that I had in my stash.

I didn't have a snap closure and didn't want to use a popper so I used one of my handmade buttons which I happened to have made from the same fabric.


It was one of those projects that fell together, just the kind of project to fill the time between Christmas and New Year and perfect for keeping those New Year's resolutions (such as to not spend money) in check!

[Images © Emma Toft]

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