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“Have it All” Quilted Wallet
It should be no secret at all to you, dear reader, that my desire for fabric stores runs deep. I just need to go into them; there’s no way to get around it. Cute fabric stores and mega crafting warehouses alike are all cleverly pinned to a personally curated map of any new city I visit. I just want to check it out, see what’s up in the world of textiles, maybe put a few things into a basket that somehow got into my arm, maybe put a few more things into that basket, maybe walk out of the store spending half of a mortgage payment on fabrics you won’t touch for 6 months. Anything can happen when you are in a fabric store.
This wallet starts off no differently. While visiting my parents and after way over-contemplating the decision to stop at the local quilting shop, my mother and I made a quick dash in to see what was new. While we were perusing, she came across this fabric wallet pattern and had wondered if I could make it for her for Christmas.
Puuuuleeze motherrr, I can make anything.
This is the Have it All Wallet by the Straight Stitch Society, and it’s probably the cutest thing you will ever have in your purse. Step aside baby pictures, look how damn cute this wallet is. Both fabrics, the Breezy Floral Blue and the Dancing Vines Orange, are from Cloud 9’s Morning Song collection by Elizabeth Olsen. My mom is a breezy floral dancing orange type of lady, so I knew these gorgeous fabrics would be great for her. Being a bit obsessed with crosshatched quilting, I knew that I needed to add a bit of my own pzazz to this wallet. The pattern calls for both iron-on and sew-in interfacing for the inner and outer wallet pieces. Instead, I used fusible fleece on the outer portion and heavy interfacing for the inner wallet piece. This thing is still solid as a rock. If you want the quilted look, I highly recommend the switch.
I didn’t know how well quilting with just the fabric and fusible fleece would turn out. However, with a walking foot and a bit of patience, it went smoothly with no issues. I was off to a great start. Where are pictures of this ‘great start’, you ask? heh. uhm. so yea. One would assume that by having a blog I would have taken progress shots, and one would be wrong as wrong could be. One day I will get a hold of this ‘blogging life’ (i’m only…you know…3 years in).
Because I had never made a wallet, nor accessory this intricate before, I opted to do a muslin version first to make sure that my brain could comprehend all of the instructions. Realistically, if you wanted to tackle this project, the muslin is not super necessary. However, if you were working with very directional fabrics or fussy cutting to get specific patterns in specific places, a test run may help to see how to best cut your pattern. The instructions are super easy to follow along with! There are many little steps and individual pieces to make, and they all come together with ease. It is a very fun process from beginning to end: you start off with the zippered pouch, then the card holder and pockets, smush it all together, turn it inside out and WHAM! you have a wallet in your hands. I don’t have a zipper foot, and I was still able to maneuver my way around the zip, so you don’t have to rush off to get one of those if you are zipper footless like me (tip: just move your needle to the left and use the zip as a guide).
The wallet includes: 6 card holders, a pocket behind the cards, and a zippered pouch between two more pockets with pleats, so there are many places to stash all of that sweet sweet cash money. As I was making this wallet for my mom, my hackles of jealousy started raising ever so slightly. This wallet is so dang cute. I wanted one! Where is my cute dang wallet, people?!
Oh hi, I made one for myself too. Using Cotton + Steel’s Ghost Bunnies by Sarah Watts, I cross-hatch quilted my way into a new wallet. Where as I liked the high contrast white thread on the pattern in my mom’s wallet, I wanted the quilting to be a bit more muted against the black of this fabric. I opted for a medium-dark grey thread, and I think it turned out great. Because this pattern was vertically directional (i.e. the possibility of upside down bunnies), I had to triple check to ensure the outer folds would show the correct direction of the fabric when I was sewing the whole wallet together. It took a few double checks, but other than that the construction was as simple as before.
I, unfortunately, ran out of Ghost Bunnies whilst cutting everything out, and being as impatient as I am, I opted to soldier on and use a black and gold heart fabric I had in my stash. My apologies, I had thought this was a Michael Miller fabric, but I cannot seem to find the link on the website! For this one, I wanted to see how sturdy the wallet would be by only using fusible fleece on the quilted outer piece and nothing on the inner piece. The empty wallet definitely bendy, but none of that is an issue when it is full of my stash of home-depot gift cards.
I have seen a few other wallet patterns on the market, but I just think this one is a total dream. I can’t get enough of the scalloped outer edge and the ample amount of storage. After 5 years of having a rinky-dinky wallet, I have finally leveled up to a legitimate adult billfold. Now I just have to fill it with these things called ‘dollar dollar bills ‘ (or, you know, receipts on receipts on receipts).