I have a Ju-Ju-Be wallet. It is all shades of awesome. However, it does not fit too well into my pocket. And since I am not really a handbag carrying kinda girl, I needed something that would fit in my pocket, not be too thick and hold my important cards and whatever cash I might carry – I don’t usually use cash… plastic all the way. Anywaus… I searched for DIY wallet patterns on Pinterest and this was the one that seemed to have been repeated most often and it didn’t look too hard.
Lol! I was wrong! I just could not get the sizing right. Well, I could get the cut sizes right, but every time I’d get to sewing the lining on, it would be too small. Also, after I did the top stitching around the wallet, there was no way I’d be able to fit my debit cards, license or military ID card in there – the pockets were just simply too small and I was top stitching as close to the edge as I could get. I am so embarrassed by my first attempt of three, that I have not taken any pictures of it.
Shown above is my second and final attempt – I love the fabric on the first one there – I recently got a layer cake bundle and I loved those fabric swatches, heowever I ran into the same problem and ended up not attaching the snap and giving it to my daughters to play with. I am nothing but tenacious though. I hate the idea of failure, so I decided to make a few more adjustments to the pattern to see if I could get it to work!
The first change I made was to increase it’s over all size by one inch. Both width and length. For all the pieces. The next change I made was for the pockets. Since the original tutorial said that each pocket was supposed to be 4×5, I made mine 5×6, however, that still proved to be too large, so I took an additional 1/2 inch off, so the pockets ended up being 4.5×6 inches.
The last change I made was to make it buttoned instead of snapped. Why? Well mostly because I could and I loved these little owl buttons. Plus, my darling daughters had lost the snap kit between attempt number two and three *sigh*.
Finally a view of the cash inset. I LOVE this fabric. DD#5 has a peasant top and a dress made out it. Since I love owls so much, I couldn’t resist making it into something for myself.
Overall, this pattern was great. Clear, concise, and well illustrated. I just couldn’t get the dimensions to work, and in all honesty, I might have another go at this. The pockets are a little too large now, so the cards have a tendency to slide out. But, for now, I’ll stick with this one, it’s super cute and I feel really proud of myself for making it in the first place (*coughthreetimescough*)
Originating link: Bi-fold Wallet Tutorial