Thinking about gifting a wallet to someone and worried about your own? Don’t worry, read on to learn how to make a wallet. The following tips on making wallets can save your wallet too.

How To Make A Wallet

Wallets are important. They are used by everybody and hold important documents like driver’s license, credit cards, club cards for those crazy Friday nights and business cards etc. And of course, cash. We don’t leave our homes without this piece of accessory. And classier the wallet, stronger is our attachment to it. This is what makes handmade wallets the latest fad. A wallet can be made of many fabrics, for example, men’s wallets are mostly made of leather. Women’s wallets could be made of a wider variety of fabric, like, cotton or hand dyed wool or just any lengthy scrap of colourful cloth lying around in the house. Carrying a good wallet certainly adds to your overall outfit but quality wallets can be expensive. And since we use a wallet daily, wouldn’t it be nice if we had a collection of them? So here is a tutorial for you to learn how to make a wallet, so that you can go ahead and design one for yourself and your loved ones.
Making A Wallets
Things You Will Need
  • Fabric
  • Reels of Thread
  • Scissors
  • Metal Stud Fastener
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hammer
  • Iron Box
  • Zipper
  • 7-8 Safety Pins
  • Cut the fabric.
  • Decide the size of the wallet.
  • Cut two pieces of your exterior fabric and two pieces of lining fabric according to this size. Add 1 inch of seam allowance to both fabrics.
  • Purchase zipper in a way that it is the same width as your fabric piece. You can cut a longer zipper to size but if your zipper is only 1 to 2″ longer than the fabric then some excess zipper length is okay.
  • Before you cut the zipper place it next to the fabric. Align the top end of the zipper with one corner of the fabric. Secure the zipper to the other corner with a pin and sew the pin side of the zipper back and forth across teeth several times. These stitches act as a stopper for the zipper and you can now cut it about ½ inches past the sewed spot.
  • Attach the zipper to the fabric by placing it face down across the side of either of the exterior pieces and sew the zipper on to the fabric.
  • Now place the lining on the same side as the exterior fabric only below the main fabric and sew it. The zipper will be sandwiched between one lining piece and one exterior piece.
  • Press the sewed seams by folding each fabric piece back so that the wrong sides are facing each other. Iron the area near zipper carefully. You might heat up the zipper too much and burn yourself.
  • Attach the remaining fabric on the other side of the zipper and sew it like before. The zipper’s other side will also be sandwiched now. Repeat the ironing process for this side too.
  • The resulting piece will have the zipper in between one exterior piece and one lining piece on each side with the right sides facing out on all the fabric pieces.
  • Now fold the perimeters by lifting each exterior piece and bringing them up to meet each other. So you have a shape of a bag with the zipper in the middle. Fold the seam allowance of the zipper toward the lining and then pin everything together on all four sides.
  • Sew around all four sides of the piece, using a ½” seam. Leave an opening of about 4 inches on the bottom of the lining side, which will be used to turn the bag right side out.
  • Corners will add depth to your wallet. To make corners, fold the fabrics at the corners in a way that the side and bottom ends meet. Measure the depth you prefer from the corner of the wallet and mark the line with a pin.
  • Sew along the pin marked line and trim away excess fabric. Trim carefully, do not cut more than ¼ inches from the seam.
  • Next you have to turn the bag inside out by carefully working the bag through the opening (of 4 inches) that you had left in the lining. Press all the seams, and then sew the opening in the lining by hand.
  • Turn the lining to the inside of the bag, and your wallet is ready!

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