Easy-to-Make Wallet

Stash your cash and your checks in this coordinated wallet and checkbook cover.


What You Need
  • 4 -- 18x22" pieces (fat quarters) assorted aqua and chocolate prints (wallet)
  • 1/4 yard heavyweight fusible interfacing
  • 1/4 yard lightweight fusible web
  • 1/4 yard heavyweight interfacing
  • 9"- long zipper
  • Magnetic snap closure

Finished Wallet: 7-3/4x12" (open); 4x7-3/4" (folded)

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Your Fabrics

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted aqua-and-chocolate prints, cut:
  • 1 -- 16x7-3/4" D rectangle
  • 2 -- 7-3/4x12" E rectangles
  • 1 -- 6-1/2x7-3/4" C rectangle
  • 1 -- 5x7-3/4" B rectangle
  • 1 -- 4x7-3/4" A rectangle
  • 1 -- 2x42" binding strip
From fusible interfacing, cut:
  • 1 -- 6-1/2x7-3/4" C rectangle
  • 1 -- 5x7-3/4" B rectangle
  • 1 -- 4x7-3/4" A rectangle
From fusible web, cut:
  • 1 -- 7-3/4x12" E rectangle
From heavyweight interfacing, cut:
  • 1 -- 7-3/4x12" E rectangle
Assemble Pockets

1. Fuse interfacing A rectangle to wrong side of aqua-and-chocolate print A rectangle. Fuse interfacing B rectangle to wrong side of aqua-and-chocolate print B rectangle, and interfacing C rectangle to the wrong side of aqua-and chocolate print C rectangle.

2. With wrong side to inside, fold fused A rectangle in half to make 2x7-3/4" A pocket piece; press. Topstitch folded edge.

3. With wrong side to inside, fold fused B rectangle in half to make 2-1/2x7-3/4" B pocket piece; press. Topstitch folded edge.

4. Aligning raw edges, layer A and B pocket pieces. Topstitch centerline to divide outer pocket and make a double-pocket piece (Diagram 1).

5. With right side to inside, fold fused C rectangle in half; sew together 7-3/4" edges. Turn to right side; press and topstitch folded edge to make 3x7-3/4" C pocket piece.

6. With right side to inside, fold aqua-and chocolate print D rectangle in half to make an 8x7-3/4" rectangle. Join 7-3/4" edges; press seam open. Turn to right side and press, centering seam (Diagram 2).

7. Pin one folded edge of D rectangle to one side of 9"-long zipper-top zipper stop should be 3/8" from fabric edge; bottom stop extends beyond fabric edge. Sew zipper to folded edge. Pin remaining folded edge to opposite side of zipper. Open zipper and sew opposite side in place to make pocket unit (Diagram 3).

Assemble Wallet

1. Fuse interfacing E rectangle to wrong side of one aqua-and-chocolate print E rectangle to make wallet base.

2. Aligning center of unzipped pocket unit with center of fabric side of wallet base, straight-stitch along centerline (Diagram 4).

3. Referring to Diagram 5, close zipper, and fold and press pocket unit accordion-style to make a 2-1/2x7-3/4" pocket. Pin pocket to wallet base at side edges.

4. Pin C pocket piece at one end of wallet base, positioning sewn edge 1" from raw edge. Topstitch seamed edge to wallet base (Diagram 6).

5. Following manufacturer's directions, attach male side of magnetic closure to wallet base, centering closure 5/8" from outer edge.

6. Fuse fusible-web E rectangle to wrong side of remaining aqua-and-chocolate print E rectangle. Peel off paper backing and fuse prepared rectangle to remaining side of wallet base. Turn wallet base pocket side up. Unpin and peel back the fused fabric of wallet base opposite sewn pocket. Attach female side of magnetic closure to outer side of wallet, centering closure 3" from outer edge.

7. Repin loosened fabric on wallet base.

8. Pin double-pocket piece at remaining end of wallet base. Baste around outer edges of wallet through all layers. Trim off zipper tape extending beyond edges of wallet.

9. Bind with aqua-and-chocolate print binding strip.

What You Need
  • 4 -- 18x22" pieces (fat quarters) assorted aqua and- chocolate prints (cover, lining, pockets, binding
  • 1/4 yard medium-weight fusible interfacing
  • 1/4 yard heavyweight double-sided fusible interfacing (such as Fast2Fuse)
  • 1-1/4"-diameter button
  • Elastic ponytail keeper

Finished Checkbook Cover: 7" square (open); 3-1/2x7" (folded)

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Your Fabrics

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the following order.

From assorted aqua-and-chocolate prints, cut:
  • 2 -- 7" B squares
  • 2 -- 6x7" A rectangles
  • 1 -- 2x42" binding strip
From medium-weight fusible interfacing, cut:
  • 2 -- 6x7" A rectangles
From heavyweight double-sided fusible interfacing, cut:
  • 1 -- 7" B square
Assemble Pockets

1. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse one fusible interfacing A rectangle to wrong side of an aqua-and-chocolate print A rectangle.

2. With wrong side to the inside, fold fused rectangle in half lengthwise to make a 3x7" rectangle; press folded edge. Topstitch close to fold to make one 3x7" pocket (Diagram 1).

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with remaining fusible interfacing A rectangle and aqua and- chocolate print A rectangle to make a second 3x7" pocket.

Assemble Checkbook Cover

1. Place heavyweight double-sided fusible interfacing B square on wrong side of an aqua-and-chocolate print B square. Following manufacturer's directions, fuse fabric to one side of interfacing to make inside of checkbook cover. Allow to cool.

2. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse remaining B square to opposite side of fused interfacing square to make right side of checkbook cover.

3. Sew button to right side of checkbook cover, centering button 11/4" from outer edge (Diagram 2). Pinch ponytail keeper together; baste together leaving a 11¿2" loop at the top. Pin ponytail keeper to right side at opposite end of cover with 11/2" loop extended toward button with remaining loop extended over outer edge. Baste loop in place.

4. Referring to Diagram 3, align raw edges of 3x7" pockets with raw edges of inside of cover; baste around all edges through all layers. Trim off ponytail keeper loop that extends beyond edge of checkbook keeper.

5. Bind with aqua-and-chocolate print binding strip.

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