Stash your cash and your cards in this coordinated wallet.

By BH&G Crafts Editors
Updated April 03, 2020
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This DIY wallet features multiple pockets to keep your important cards, cash, and loose change organized. Customize your handmade wallet with your favorite patterned fabric for a card case you’ll love using every day. This fun sewing project comes together in an afternoon and requires just a few easy-to-master techniques. Complete with a magnetic closure and an interior zippered pocket, this custom handmade wallet will help keep your purse, envelope clutch, or tote bag organized and tidy. Check out our simple step-by-step instructions and spend a few hours making your own patterned fabric wallet. This easy project also makes a great handmade gift!

Jacob Fox

How to Make a DIY Wallet

  • 4 18 x 22-inch pieces (fat quarters) assorted prints
  • 1/4 yard heavyweight fusible interfacing
  • 1/4 yard lightweight fusible web
  • 1/4 yard heavyweight interfacing
  • 9-inch long zipper
  • Magnetic snap closure
  • Fabric shears or scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil or pen
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Quilter’s pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Finished DIY Wallet Tips

  • Finished fabric wallet size: 7-3/4 x 12 inches (open); 4 x 7-3/4 inches (folded)
  • Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100 percent cotton fabrics.
  • Measurements include 1/4-inch seam allowances.
  • Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few simple sewing skills and these how-to instructions, you can create your tri-fold wallet. You should be able to complete this fabric wallet in an afternoon.

Step 1: Cut Your Fabrics

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

From assorted prints, cut:

  • 1 16 x 7-3/4 inch D rectangle
  • 2 7-3/4 x 12 inch E rectangles
  • 1 6-1/2 x 7-3/4 inch C rectangle
  • 1 5 x 7-3/4 inch B rectangle
  • 1 4 x 7-3/4 inch A rectangle
  • 1 2 x 42 inch binding strip

From fusible interfacing, cut:

  • 1 6-1/2 x 7-3/4 inch C rectangle
  • 1 5 x 7-3/4 inch B rectangle
  • 1 4 x 7-3/4 inch A rectangle

From the fusible web, cut:

  • 1 7-3/4 x 12 inch E rectangle

From heavyweight interfacing, cut:

  • 1 7-3/4 x 12 inch E rectangle

Step 2: Assemble Pockets

Fuse interfacing A rectangle to the wrong side of printed A rectangle. Fuse interfacing B rectangle to the wrong side of printed B rectangle, and interfacing C rectangle to the wrong side of the printed C rectangle. With the wrong side to inside, fold fused A rectangle in half to make the 2 x 7-3/4 inch A pocket piece; press. Topstitch folded edge. With the wrong side to inside, fold fused B rectangle in half to make 2-1/2 x 7-3/4 inch B pocket piece; press. Topstitch folded edge. Aligning raw edges, layer A and B pocket pieces. Topstitch the centerline to divide the outer pocket and make a double-pocket piece (Diagram 1).

Step 3: Continue to Stitch Pockets

With right side to inside, fold fused C rectangle in half; sew together 7-3/4 inch edges. Turn to right side; press and topstitch folded edge to make 3 x 7-3/4 inch C pocket piece. With right side to inside, fold aqua-and chocolate print D rectangle in half to make an 8 x 7-3/4 inch rectangle. Join 7-3/4 inch edges; press seam open. Turn to right side and press, centering seam (Diagram 2).

Step 4: Finish Pockets

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

Step 5: Assemble Wallet

Fuse interfacing E rectangle to the wrong side of one printed E rectangle to make wallet base. Aligning center of the unzipped pocket unit with the center of the fabric side of the wallet base, straight-stitch along the centerline (Diagram 4).

Step 6: Fold and Pin

Referring to Diagram 5, close the zipper, and fold and press pocket unit accordion-style to make a 2-1/2 x 7-3/4 inch pocket. Pin pocket to wallet base at side edges.

Step 7: Add Snap

Pin C pocket piece at one end of wallet base, positioning sewn edge 1-inch from the raw edge. Topstitch seamed edge to wallet base (Diagram 6). Following manufacturer's directions, attach the male side of a magnetic closure to the wallet base, centering closure 5/8-inch from the outer edge. Fuse fusible-web E rectangle to the wrong side of the remaining printed E rectangle. Peel off the paper backing and fuse prepared rectangle to the remaining side of the wallet base. Turn wallet base pocket side up. Unpin and peel back the fused fabric of the wallet base opposite the sewn pocket. Attach the female side of a magnetic closure to the outer side of the wallet, centering closure 3 inches from the outer edge.

Left: Photo: Jacob Fox
Right: Photo: Jacob Fox

Step 8: Finish Wallet

Repin loosened fabric on the wallet base. Pin double-pocket piece at the remaining end of the wallet base. Baste around the outer edges of the wallet through all layers. Trim off zipper tape extending beyond the edges of the wallet. Bind with the printed binding strip. Once you've finished your handmade wallet, try making a coordinating canvas tote bag.

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