And the best part is they don’t use up much fabric – you could even patchwork a few coordinating pieces together and use even smaller scraps.
So here we go:
Cut two pieces of fabric 58cm wide x 28cm deep.
They can be different colours if you like – one is for the lining, the other is the outer.
(This makes a roomy wallet – able to fit nappies, wipes, nappy sacks and anti-bacterial wipes, if you want a smaller wallet keep the same depth but make it slightly narrower, maybe 54cm x 28cm).
Cut two pieces 20cm x 5 cm in the same colours – this is the strap that closes the wallet.
(there are two sets here - you just need one in each fabric!!)
Place the two body pieces right sides together.
Sew around the outside using a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a 6cm gap along one of the short ends for turning.
Poke the corners out using a chopstick or something similar.
Place the two pieces together and sew around two long and one short edges, leaving one end open for turning.
Clip and trim seams then turn inside out.
Tuck the edges of the open end under, press well, then topstitch close to the edge around the entire strap.
ADD THE STRAP
Pin the strap to the main body of the wallet positioning it centrally top to bottom and 22cm in from one end along the width.
Try to stay on top of existing topstitching for neatness – I probably should have used coordinating rather than contrasting thread for this!
With the lining fabric facing up, fold the short ends toward the middle.
Based on the items I put in it I make the pockets 11-12cm each. This leaves around 6-7cm in the middle between the two pockets.
Once you are happy with the fit of things, stitch along the two long edges securing both the pockets in place as you do.
Do this fairly close to the edges, maybe 3-4mm.
SNAP IT UP
Secure your snap or velcro on the free of the strap.
Then fold the wallet up and mark where the corresponding snap/velcro should go on the body of the wallet. (mine is about 6cm from the folded inside edge of the pocket).
Fill it up and toss it in your handbag, the glovebox of the car or give it to Grandma to keep at her place ready for when you drop in.
I hope you find this handy and let me know if you find any errors with my instructions so I can fix them.
Also I have no problem with anyone selling items made using this tutorial – after all it’s a pretty generic item, but please link back to my blog if you do make one up based on this idea just as a courtesy.