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Wallet Tutorial

See also the instructions I uploaded to BurdaStyle (they are the same, just in a different format).

Download the PDF version here: Organizer Wallet

*If you are interested in selling wallets made from this tutorial, please see the guidelines at the bottom of the page.*


  • snap tab closure
  • 6 credit card slots
  • zippered pocket
  • 2 full width inner slip pockets
  • optional: outer zipper pocket

You will need:

  • 2-3 fabric colors, about 1/2 yard total
  • interfacing, 1/4 yard
  • heavy duty snap, tools, and instructions
  • zipper (I used 7″, but you can always cut it shorter)
  • 2nd zipper if you want an outer zipper pocket
  • zipper foot
  • size 16 needle
  • a cutting mat and ruler make this much easier

Cut your fabric:

Sorry, this picture is not completely accurate

  • 2 – 8.5″ x 9″
  • 6 – 8.5″ x 4.5″
  • 1 – 8.5″ x 4″
  • 1 – 8.5″ x 3.5″ (not pictured)
  • 1 – 8.5″ x 3″
  • 2 – 2.5″ x 5″ for snap tab (not pictured)
  • 1-  8.5″ x 8″ if you would like an outer zippered pocket


The exact amounts of each fabric I used are as follows:

1 pc, 8.5 x 9
1 pc, 2.5 x 5

cotton #1 (green):
1 pc, 8.5 x 9
1 pc, 8.5 x 4.5
1 pc, 8.5 x 3
1 pc, 2.5 x 5

cotton #2 (yellow):
5 pcs, 8.5″ x 4.5″
1 pc, 8.5″ x 4″
1 pc, 8.5″ x 3.5″

heavy interfacing:
1 pc, 8.5 x 9 (if you do not use vinyl for the outside, cut a 2nd piece the same size)
I also recommend interfacing the largest credit card pocket, and the inside of the zip pocket for extra stability.

Insert zipper:

Note: For this portion, I worked off of the tutorial provided by j.caroline for her hobo bag.  If you would like more detail, feel free to visit her site.

This is the hardest part, so I like to get it out of the way!

Step 1. Take 1 of your 8.5″ x 4.5″ pieces (this one will end up on the inside of the zippered pocket).

On the wrong side, draw a line in pencil 1″ from the top.  It should end 1″ from each edge.  Draw an identical line 1/2″ below the first one, and connect them at the ends.  This will be the square into which your zipper will be inserted.


Step 2. Place another 8.5″ x 4.5″ piece (the outside of your zippered pocket) underneath the piece you just drew on, right sides facing.  Pin.

Carefully sew around the box you drew using a small stitch length (I used 1.8).  Make sure your corners are neat.  Tie the ends off to ensure the thread will not come loose.


Step 3. Cut down the middle of your rectangle to about 1/2 ” from each end.  Then cut to each corner (as close as possible) creating a triangle at the end.  Make sure this is neat.


Step 4. Flip one side right side out through the hole you just created, and press carefully around the rectangles edges.  This can be a bit fiddly, just go slow and pin it if you need to.


Step 5. Pull each end back and you will see the triangle you cut before.  Tack these down to the inside piece (marked with red).  This helps make the small ends of your rectangle neater.


Step 6. I like to sew across the open end of the zipper to make it easier to handle when inserting.


Now, measure your zipper against the opening in your fabric.  It should be just a bit long.  This is good.  I hate the metal end- if your needle ever gets stuck in there, it’s very very hard to get out- I know from experience!

Sew across the teeth of your zipper (several times) just past where it will be hidden from sight.  Cut off that darn metal piece.  You probably want the zipper to have about an extra 1/2″ or so on the end for inserting.


Step 7. Pin and sew the zipper in place (using a zipper foot).  Sew close to the edge of the fabric (less than 1/8″).  Notice the stitches from the previous step are hidden past the edge of the fabric.


*If you would like an outer zipper pocket, I recommend doing it at this point so that the first zipper is still fresh in your mind.  It can, however,  be done at any point before step #23.  See the instructions at the end of the tutorial (sorry for the lack of pictures).

Finish Zipper Pocket:

Step 8. Take 2 more 8.5″ x 4.5″ pieces and place them wrong sides together.  These will be the inside of your zipper pocket, and the inside of the slip pocket.

Pin these pieces (wrong sides together) onto the outside of the zipper pocket (so the zipper is facing these new pieces).


Step 9. Stitch only the top edge together using a 3/8″ seam allowance.


Step 10. Flip so the seam is hidden (the new pieces are behind the zipper piece).  Press the seam well.

Pin all edges of the pocket.  Topstitch the top edge that you just sewed together (marked with red).  Baste together the other sides using about a 1/4″ seam allowance (marked with blue).

Your zippered pocket is now complete!

Note: my actual stitches are much neater than my drawing skills might suggest 🙂


Credit Card Pouches:

Step 11: Take 2 more 8.5″ x 4.5″ pieces.  Place them right sides together and pin.  Sew the top edge only using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Flip so the seam is hidden, press the seam. Topstitch  about 1/8″ from the folded edge.  This will be your bottom pocket.


Step 12. Take your 8.5″ x 4″ piece.  Fold the top edge over 1/2″ and press.  Topstitch about 1/8″ from the folded edge.

Repeat for both other pieces- 8.5 x 3.5 and 8.5 x 3.


Step 13. Line the largest 2 pockets up & pin.  Make sure the top edges are parallel- this is more important than the bottom edges being exact.

Draw a line in pencil 2.5″ from the top edge.  Stitch over your line (this will be hidden from sight).


Step 14. Do the same with the next piece, only draw your line 3″ from the top edge.


Step 15. Place the smallest piece on top.  Pin all together, and baste the 3 unfinished edges using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Find the middle of your pockets (width-wise) and lightly mark points in pencil along that line.


Step 16. Topstitch neatly over this middle line and tie off the ends nicely.


Your inside pieces are now ready to be assembled!


Step 17. Place both your credit card slots and zippered pouches on top of the 8.5″ x 9″ piece you will use for the inside.  Pin together, baste all around the edges using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Note: I recommend interfacing this main piece before doing so.  I did not since I used home decor-weight fabric, although I wish I had.


Snap Tab:

Step 18. Place your two 2.5″ x 5″ pieces right sides together and pin.


Step 19. Stitch around the outside using 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave one end open. Make sure to backstitch at the corners so they are strong for flipping.


Step 20. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowances.  Flip right-side out and press.  Topstitch on the three sides with seams about 1/8″ from the edge.


Step 21. Make marks for inserting your snap about 1″ from the edge of your finished tab.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for inserting your snap.

Step 22. Take your main outer piece (8.5 x 9), and make a mark in the middle about 1.5″ from the top edge (one of the 8.5″ sides).  Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for inserting the other side of the snap.

Note: You may also want to interface this piece.  I used vinyl, so it was not necessary, but any other material should probably use interfacing.


Step 23. Place the inside and outside pieces right sides together and pin.  Make sure the snap edge of the outer piece matches up with the card slots on the inner piece.  Leave the opposite end (with the zippered pocket) open for flipping.


Step 24. Stitch all around using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Use a small stitch for strength. Backstitch at the corners for extra strength (they are very hard to flip).

Cut your corners and trim the seam allowances (except on open edge).

Note: Again- my stitches are much better than my computer drawing capabilities 🙂


Step 25. Flip the whole thing right side out and press it well.  Insert the snap tab in the opening and pin in place.  Make sure it closes correctly.


Step 26. Change your needle to a size 16 (or if you use vinyl like I did, a leather needle).

Slowly and carefully, topstitch all the way around.  This takes time and patience.  In the places with lots of layers, you may need to turn the wheel by hand to get through the layers.  Be especially careful around the open edge of the zipper pocket.


You are now finished!  Fill it up and enjoy!



Outer Zipper Pocket Instructions

1. Mark a rectangle as in step #1 on the wrong side of the 8.5″ x 9″ piece.  This piece will form your inner pocket.

2. Place this piece on top of the main outer piece (i.e. the large vinyl piece in this tutorial), right sides together.  Line up the top and sides and pin around the rectangle as in step #2.

3. Follow steps 2-7 to sew in the zipper.

4. Once the zipper is inserted, fold the pocket fabric in half (right sides together) so the top edges are aligned.  Pin around the 3 open edges and baste it in place.

5. Continue with the rest of the tutorial, starting at step #8.

*For my personal sanity (the fine print):

The wallet pattern and tutorial shown above is available for limited commercial use only. You may create wallets from these instructions for your personal use or to give as gifts. You may also make and sell them at craft venues such as church bazaars or in online venues such as etsy or artfire. In online venues, I would appreciate a link back to this tutorial.

You MAY NOT claim this tutorial as your own, reproduce it on your website or in any other form or reuse any of my pictures or wording without my express permission. You MAY NOT mass produce wallets made from this tutorial.

269 Comments leave one →
  1. Sherry permalink
    January 20, 2009 8:41 am

    Your instructions were great. Very clear & easy to follow. I got started & then decided to add a center compartment with a zipper too. Now mine has 2 zippered compartments. Your instructions have given it a very professional finish. I love it & will use it for years to come. Thanks.

  2. elily00 permalink*
    January 20, 2009 8:51 am

    Thank you Sherry! I’m so glad it’s helpful! And wow I can’t believe you already got started on it- I just posted it! 🙂 Good luck!

    now I want 2 zippered compartments… 🙂

    I would love to see pictures when you finish! Let me know if you post them anywhere!

  3. January 20, 2009 11:03 am

    Wow, this is fantastic! I need a new wallet, and this looks like just the ticket. Thanks so much!

  4. hannahhh permalink
    January 20, 2009 6:48 pm

    wow! i completed a wallet earlier in the month and it is nothing compared to this! i am blown away and will definitely be making one of these very soon!

  5. January 22, 2009 4:26 am

    wow!!!! this tutorial is awesome!!!! i am glad you decided to share it with us, the wallet I saw on burdastyle was great!!! One of my best friends is turning 29 (big deal, just one year till she, well we, are 30!) next month and I wanted to make something unique for her!!!! I think I am going to use this superb tutorial!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

  6. cdpquilter permalink
    January 27, 2009 3:11 pm

    Your instructions seem so clear and easy to understand. I have a couple of birthdays coming up and this will make perfect gifts. Thanks for posting.

  7. NsOmNiAc permalink
    January 29, 2009 7:33 pm

    I’m LOVING IT! Totally making a few of these for my girlfriends and mom! Thanks so much for your time and effort!


  8. carol permalink
    January 31, 2009 6:38 am

    Your instructions and photos are very clear and inspiring. Thank you, thank you for your precise and easy to follow tutorial… I will make one of your wallets soon. Carol

  9. February 3, 2009 10:18 pm

    followed your link from Burdastyle. this is a great tutorial. thanks!

  10. Tosin permalink
    February 6, 2009 3:49 am

    Kindly notify me of how tos on Dress making or anything revelant to it. Thanks

  11. February 17, 2009 2:05 pm

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just finished mine and I can tell already that I will love it!

  12. Jen permalink
    February 25, 2009 11:19 am

    OMG!! I love this wallet! I have made mine last night and am going to go wallet crazy if I don’t make another! Great easy to follow tute! Thanx again!

  13. mamati permalink
    February 28, 2009 11:35 pm

    WOW! Thank you so much for this tutorial, just yesterday i sewed in my first zipper and now you’ve inspired me to make a wallet.


  14. March 1, 2009 9:39 pm

    Oh boy … thanks for the detailed tutorial. Very nice.

  15. Barb permalink
    March 10, 2009 10:40 am

    This turned out gorgeous! I can’t believe how professional and neat it looks. And although I haven’t tried it yet, it looks like your tutorial is really thorough and clear. Thank you!

    I have extremely limited sewing experience, and I was just wondering if you think this is something that a beginner can do? I’ll probably try even if it’s not (not much to lose), but I’d just like to gauge if I’m going to be in waay over my head or only a little 😉

  16. elily00 permalink*
    March 10, 2009 10:51 am

    Hi Barb! I definitely think you should try it! You may want to make a practice one with cheap fabric first, though. Really, the hardest parts for a beginner will be: sewing straight lines in your topstitching ;-), sewing around the zipper, and the hardest- topstitching at the very end (patience!). I think once you do one for “practice” you will do just fine!

    Also, you should definitely let me know if the instructions are clear to you! I tried not to make too many assumptions when I was writing them. If there is anything you think I should add/change, the feedback would be very much appreciated, especially coming from a beginner!

  17. March 12, 2009 10:31 am

    I’ve been eyeing this tutorial forever and I finally tackled it! I learnt a few things…about that darned zipper! I wasn’t able to do the top stitching at the very end because the little metal part was right on the edge of the wallet, so next time, I will be snipping it off like you suggested.

  18. March 29, 2009 3:20 pm

    I made another! I tried a zigzag stitch(first time ever using anything other than a straight!!!!!) around the edges of the closure!

    Wallet Snap Closure
  19. beth permalink
    March 31, 2009 7:18 pm

    What a great tutorial! I can’t believe I did that zipper with so little trouble. I usually mess the zipper up completely, but the step by step instructions with clear pics were so easy to follow. Great job, thank you soooooo much!

  20. April 1, 2009 10:17 am

    I love it!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  21. Viola permalink
    April 6, 2009 3:32 am

    I just want to thank you for a gorgeous weekend! It started with the arriving of my new (and first!) sewing machine on friday- a Singer Confidence 7470 like yours! It was real luck that I crossed your Blog on my search for a handmade project as my best friends birthday present in a time where I was also looking for a machine fitting my requirements for a good price – it turned out that this one was exactly what I was looking for! And what was the first project? Of course your great wallet! I am a real beginner, but the instructions where so good that I finished my first wallet in one day and could do a second one yesterday. Even my mom liked it so much that she did another one (I am sure that she only wanted to try my new machine 😉 ) – so we finished three wallets in only two days 🙂 One with japanese flowers and butterflies, combined with lemon dots on light blue background for my best friend, one in different brown and rose shades with dots, stripes and roses for my countrystyle-loving sister and one with dark blue and wine red ornaments and stripes for my mom – everysingle one is so, so, so great!!!! I really thank you!!!!

    Regards from Germany!

  22. April 16, 2009 11:45 pm

    excelente, thank you

  23. April 17, 2009 2:16 pm

    Just finished my first (of many – how addictive is this pattern?!) and am so pleased with myself… Thank you thank you thank you for sharing.

  24. April 22, 2009 5:26 pm

    Hi Liz…I wanted to let you know I made your wallet and LOVE it…this tutorial was excellent. Truly I was worried about doing it but you made the process so easy…thanking so much. I have it on my blog with a link back here if you are interested in seeing the pic of mine…hugs Khris

  25. Gloria Brown Bates permalink
    May 25, 2009 7:56 am

    This is just pure amazing to me that you can make a purse so beautifully in your home! I
    am inspired to do such a thing. Thank-you from such an inexperienced seamtress for all of your special photos …. I am just happy to see ‘how’ you did this. Amazing!

  26. June 18, 2009 2:10 am

    Thanks for sharing
    I love it!


  27. Mags permalink
    June 23, 2009 8:36 pm

    Perfect! It’s really exactly what I’ve been looking for. A wallet with enough spaces to hold my huge number of cards, an outer zippered pocket for change (I hate leaving my wallet open well I wait for the ten cents they owe me…) a way to keep my money from getting bent (it just bothers me!) and an inner zipper pocket for, well, absolutely anything! Thanks again, and I can’t wait to make this.

  28. June 28, 2009 5:23 pm

    This is a great tutorial! I just made a wallet last night and now wished that I hadn’t found this first.. Your directions are so clear and the end product looks amazing! My friend’s birthday is coming up and I think this’ll be a great present. And I may have to make one for myself as well.. =) Thanks for sharing!

  29. June 28, 2009 5:24 pm

    (correction, sorry)

    …wished I *HAD* found this first.

  30. June 29, 2009 1:25 pm

    I love it! thank

  31. Bravoclone permalink
    July 14, 2009 11:11 am

    This is exactly EXACTLY what I was looking for!
    Thanks for the incrediblely clear directions!
    Jeez, now Ima have to make like a dozen for family members! What a great idea for Christmas pressies!!!!

  32. Aimee permalink
    July 16, 2009 2:10 pm

    Thankyou so much for sharing this! Have been wondering what to do with some old sarong material for ages – this surprisingly took less time than I thought it would to make (learnt loads about my new machine too!) I used a big button because I didnt have a snap thingy – looks pretty good!

    Just thinking the fabric from my curtains would look nice as a wallet too……!

    Thanks again
    Will definitely check your blog again

  33. August 17, 2009 12:40 am

    i made mine today. i can’t believe how well it came out! when i read through the instructions (i am a newbie), I didn’t have a clue what you were talking about, but once i had my fabric in front of me, it all made perfect sense! Thanks for such a great tutorial! i will be linking to you over the next couple of days!

  34. September 6, 2009 7:38 pm

    Hey, I’m really glad you’ve posted this tutorial. I’ve been starring at your tutorial for a while now, but I’ve finally decided to try it out. My end result turned out rather nicely, it was my first major project which I followed the tutorial, so I really like it.

    My fabric wasn’t as strong as the one you used in your tutorial even though I’d interfaced everything.

    Anyway thanks a lot for posting your tutorial

  35. Jen Hays permalink
    September 9, 2009 8:31 pm

    Thank you so much! ive been searching for a good wallet tute for FOREVER! The instructions are very clear and helpful.

  36. Jenny permalink
    September 27, 2009 10:24 pm

    Hi – I love this pattern. I’m just trying to understand the outer zipper pocket. Your instructions say that the pocket piece is 8.5 x 8 (the inner pocket is 8.5 x 4.5). I’m a little confused as to what you mean when you say:

    4. Once the zipper is inserted, fold the pocket fabric in half (right sides together) so the top edges are aligned. Pin around the 3 open edges and baste it in place.

    Do you have any pics that help explain this? Thanks Kindly!

  37. October 19, 2009 9:31 pm

    I’ve just posted the pics of the wallet I made with your tute. You can find them here –

    Scroll right to the bottom.

    Thanks again for sharing and being so generous with your talents!

  38. Sandra permalink
    November 1, 2009 10:12 pm

    This is the perfect wallet pattern for me. I have enjoyed making it tremendously.

    I had some trouble with understanding that the first two credit card pieces sewn together in steps 8 – 10 are the first of the “2 large” in step 13 and that bottom pocket (step 11) meant back pocket. The smallest piece is the one that is on top and shows the most. I ended up making a draft of the credit card part and it turned out to be an awesome idea so I could adjust the measures exactly to my needs.

    I will say I heavily recommend putting the snap on the tab before sewing it together! Otherwise you can’t buttonhole the slits. You can’t crimp the snap prongs or add the padding you need in there without a whole lot of extra time. Then again, it could certainly just be me.

    I think it’s a wonderful tutorial and took so much patience to make to share with us. And, I do so admire the exact pattern matching on the wallet.
    Thank you so much for doing all of this for the rest of us to use and enjoy!

  39. December 28, 2009 3:21 am

    I’ve just made this up for the second time. The first one wore out after almost a year of use. I used velcro on the snap tab for this one. Hopefully, it won’t wear through like the magnetic snap did.

    Great tutorial with nice clear instructions!

  40. January 3, 2010 1:11 am

    Question: Is this pattern for personal use only or would it be okay to use it for limited commercial use (i.e. okay to make and sell on etsy or artfire (with a link back to your tutorial) or other craft venues)?

    By the way.. here’s my new wallet made from your tutorial and the matching purse…

  41. January 3, 2010 11:21 am

    Thank you for coming by my blog and checking out the new wallet. I get a lot of compliments on it.

    Thank you for giving your permission, Elily. You do absolutely have rights to the tutorial as presented on your website. That is your intellectual property. As a fellow artist, I always ask first before I assume that it’s okay to benefit from someone else’s hard work.

    If you want to allow this pattern/tutorial for limited commercial use, here is an example of the wording you can add:

    The wallet pattern and tutorial shown above is available for limited commercial use only. You may create wallets from these instructions for your personal use or to give as gifts. You may also make and sell them at craft venues such as church bazaars or in online venues such as etsy or artfire. In online venues, I would appreciate a link back to this tutorial.

    You MAY NOT claim this tutorial as your own, reproduce it on your website or in any other form or reuse any of my pictures or wording without my express permission. You MAY NOT mass produce wallets made from this tutorial.

  42. January 24, 2010 8:04 pm

    This was a great tutorial – i made one that turned out well. However for those ‘perfectionists’ the following changes might be useful:

    – keep the fabric interfacing away from hems (a whole inch less than in some cases) as this makes the end top stitch possible

    – make the inside main (largest) fabric piece a cm smaller than the outer vynl (or outer fabric). The reason for this is at the end when you turn everything right side out, the inside can be a little ‘baggy’.

    – if using vynl put some tissue paper between the machine foot and the vynl to prevent sticking.

    Good luck.

  43. Patricia Garcia permalink
    February 23, 2010 1:44 pm

    Love your tutorial.

  44. March 9, 2010 10:39 am


    I wanted to thank you for this GREAT tutorial!!!
    I’ve made two wallets 5 months ago (one for myself…) and 3 more last month, as gifts for friends and family…
    I love this wallet, I love making it, and people are just asking for more… (but let’s be honest, it’s not like I can make so much of it… then it won’t be that special!!!).
    I wanted to invite you to see those wallets on my Flickr {under… hmm… wallets… :-)}

    Thanks again for this great tutorial!!


  45. May 26, 2010 12:36 am

    Hi Liz
    Just wanted to let you know that this tutorial has been voted a favorite on my sew a long called Sew It and we will be sewing it this week!

  46. June 2, 2010 11:11 am

    I made the wallet and i am loving it!

    Great tutorial thank you so much for it 🙂

  47. Lolly permalink
    June 18, 2010 9:55 am

    Good Day,

    I just wanted to let you know that I have linked to this lovely tutorial hope to make one in the near future.

  48. Elaine permalink
    July 12, 2010 2:25 am

    Love your Tutorial that I downloaded from Tip Nut. Thank you very much. Now I have to make it!

  49. Lisa Leavitt permalink
    July 20, 2010 2:08 pm

    I have a couple of questions, but first let me say I love this tutorial! It’s EXACTLY what I was looking for! I got some great upholstery fabric-do you think it’s ok to use this for the whole wallet? And would you still interface it? Thanks for your help!

  50. July 25, 2010 7:44 am

    Thank you so much.

  51. September 5, 2010 6:00 pm

    Hope it’s ok, but I also linked to this tutorial from my blog. I also put pics of my finished wallet on the blog! Love how it turned out, thanks for the tutorial!

  52. September 28, 2010 7:37 am

    This tutorial’s fantastic! My wallet got stolen a week ago, and I got it in my head to make myself a replacement. I’m so thankful that this was here! Thanks so much!

  53. October 6, 2010 8:41 am

    Thank you so much for making this pattern freely available – I have been searching for a while for a good wallet pattern like this. I usually make my own patterns but couldn’t get my head around wallets!
    Just finished my first one – it was much easier than I thought (thanks to excellent description and photos) and didn’t take as long as I’d expected.
    Would you mind if I make some for sale on Folksy (and maybe Etsy)? I will credit the pattern to you and link back to this site. The wallet will go nicely with some of my bags and also uses up the leftover fabrics after making the bags.
    Please let me know if this is OK.
    Kinds regard, Jane

  54. Melissa permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:07 pm

    HI Liz,

    Thanks for this amazing tutorial – it’s very comprehensive. Well done.

    As a fellow sewer I love to sew stuff and and really appreciate that people like you share your hard work so freely. So I have a requrest: may I use your tutorial in PDF to teach my students at the local community college where I work (in Sydney, Australia)? I teach a course on making Handbags and would love to share this amazing Wallet Tutorial you wrote. Of course I will give you the credit for your work and direct my students to your blog. Thanks so much for your blog, Melissa

  55. October 6, 2010 7:08 pm

    Hi all! Thank you for all the lovely comments!

    I’m trying to reply individually to each request, but if I don’t get to you, the guidelines for selling are listed right at the end of the tutorial. They’re pretty loose, just give me a heads up if you can.

    As for using the tutorial to teach a class, absolutely! I hope that it is good enough to use as a learning tool, and would love to see any finished results of course! Have fun with it!


  56. October 6, 2010 8:44 pm

    Hi Liz,

    I spent last Friday night making my third wallet from this tutorial. Just wanted to thank you again for sharing 🙂

  57. October 28, 2010 10:15 pm

    wallets with the zip are always an interesting idea.

  58. November 9, 2010 9:47 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I’ve been wallet challenged for a while, and after my grandmother expressed interest in the yummy, candy red, vintage yard sale wallet I found, I’ve decided to take a leap and make myself a new wallet out of the loads and loads of fabric I won’t throw away.

  59. December 1, 2010 10:57 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing about to learning this is wallet..

    I need make to clear step by step it..

  60. December 2, 2010 8:58 pm

    I absolutely loved this tutorial! I would be lost without creative people like you who share their wonderful talent with the rest of us! I made my first ever wallet tonight (zipper included) and it turned out great! It took less than 3 fat quarters to make, which is always a plus in my book! The only thing I did differently was use fusible fleece and decor bond in the snap flap. I love it! Thank you!!!

  61. culdesacmom permalink
    December 29, 2010 5:38 pm

    I posted a picture of my finished product along with a post to this tutorial on my blog.

    Thank you for the great tutorial!

  62. January 14, 2011 4:08 pm

    What a brilliant tutorial!

    I have been on the search for the perfect wallet for a while now, and am in the process of making one for my brother, but after that I am going to try yours for a wallet for myself! (my brother wants a smaller one that will fit into his pocket).

  63. January 20, 2011 10:00 am

    Thanks for the pattern! I made one last night with some leftover fabric from making a sewing machine cover. Your instruction and images were very clear and precise.

  64. February 23, 2011 3:08 pm

    Thanks so much for this tutorial I’m making a few as gifts for friends.

  65. February 27, 2011 2:02 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial.!
    Just wanted to let you know I made one of these for a birthday gift and it was a huge hit! You can see the post about it here

    I made a minor change of adding a swivel clip and wrist strap and adding more interfacing.

    Thanks again

  66. Peggy Blake permalink
    February 28, 2011 4:07 am

    Am I seeing this weird? It looks like, to me, that the inside zipper pocket..that the zipper should be on the other end of the pocket for easier use. hmm

  67. February 28, 2011 4:14 am


    You can make it however you like. This is the way I prefer. Since there is a slip pocket underneath the zipper, I like them to be the same way, so basically both ends of the wallet will be opposite eachother.

  68. Béatrice permalink
    March 16, 2011 4:58 am

    Besoin de faire un cadeau, j’étais à la recherche d’un portefeuille et là, j’ai découvert un tutoriel génial pour un résultat superbe. Un grand merci. Je vais tenter un extérieur cuir.
    Excelente journée

  69. Vickie permalink
    March 17, 2011 1:01 pm

    This is my first ever do-it-yourself project. It turned out good! Your instructions were awesome. Thank you, Thank you!

  70. April 28, 2011 4:02 pm

    I have just finished making two lovely wallets using your tutorial, thank you so much for sharing! I have posted one of the wallets, along with a link to your tutorail, on my blog. Thanks again for the great turorial!

  71. Jennifer permalink
    May 4, 2011 11:16 pm

    What kind of interfacing should I use on the inside?

  72. May 7, 2011 10:47 am

    I’ve just made another one of these wallets, so that’s three so far! Thank you, they make perfect presents for people!

  73. May 31, 2011 10:33 am

    I made it!!!!!!!!
    I have posted my wallet, along with a link to your tutorail, on my blog. Thanks for the great turorial!

  74. June 18, 2011 5:07 am

    Excellent tutorial, thought you might like to see designers we promote at raw dice, Justin Oh creates beautiful cloth card holders that are also hand made…


  75. Anonymous permalink
    June 24, 2011 12:42 am

    thank you for this tutorial
    i will try it sooner…

  76. July 3, 2011 7:09 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I didn’t have as much trouble topstitching the edges as I thought I would, although the seams were pretty bulky. I love all the pockets! 🙂

    Here are some photos of my version:

  77. July 19, 2011 1:48 pm

    Hi Liz, just wanted to thank you for this excellent tutorial!! I used it and loved it — thanks SO MUCH for sharing it with us!!!
    Here’s a link to my project if you interested:

  78. July 23, 2011 8:34 am

    as everyone has commented – wonderful tutorial! i had a go, and am now a proud owner of a very personalised new wallet! ( (although i did change a few things to my preference). thanks for sharing!!

  79. beejaye permalink
    August 4, 2011 9:08 am

    Thank you for a very easy tutorial – one that I could actually understand! The wallet turned out larger that I wanted – a bit too big for my handbag (purse), but I really enjoyed making it and think I will make more for gifts.

  80. August 16, 2011 5:23 pm

    This is a wonderful tutorial, thank you so much!!! My mom is going to love it, although so do I so now I’m going to get started on mine. Very easy instructions to follow, I added a loop/tab in the center to hold a pen.
    Inside of wallet

  81. Pam permalink
    September 5, 2011 3:10 pm

    I would love to make this with a second zippered pocket on the inside, but can’t fathom how. Any and all help with this is appreciated. Great pattern!!!!

  82. September 7, 2011 4:04 pm

    I made a wallet using your tutorial 😀
    thank you for the amazing tutorial!

  83. Alicia permalink
    September 24, 2011 2:00 pm

    Hi, great tutorial. I would like to make a wallet but I don’t know what type of thread to use. What type of thread did you use to make your wallet?

  84. October 12, 2011 9:41 pm

    I just wanted to say a big thanks to you for sharing this tutorial. I love this wallet and have made three so far. Have a look:


  85. Julia permalink
    November 9, 2011 11:59 am

    I really love your detailed tutorial, the wallet looks great! I was thinking about using a zipper to close the wallet, in stead of the tab, but I can’t figure out what’s the best way to do that. Can someone help me?

  86. Karna permalink
    November 10, 2011 1:02 pm

    I looked and looked for a wallet I could put my checkbook in and now I found one. I make purses and wanted to make a wallet to match. This is a GREAT pattern. I used Denim fabric so it took a while to do but it turned out great! Even my husband likes it, lol. THANKS!!!

  87. Salma Glez permalink
    November 11, 2011 2:18 pm

    Hi Liz
    Thank you very much,
    I really love your detailed wallet tutorial
    I’ll try it
    Thankssss 🙂

  88. November 23, 2011 5:17 am

    My english is too bad to say anything but : Wahoo !! ;D

  89. November 29, 2011 11:47 am

    Just wanted to thank you so much for sharing this pattern.
    I’ve been trying to put one like this together but it was going very well…
    I am going to make one or two to sell at my Etsy shop.
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    Thanks again! Have a nice day ❤

  90. Anonymous permalink
    December 28, 2011 9:35 pm

    Ct follow u… thanks for the great info..

  91. January 11, 2012 2:27 pm

    Just finished my wallet – thank you very much for the tutorial!

  92. Anonymous permalink
    January 21, 2012 10:11 pm

    I have been looking for two days for the perfect wallet pattern. This is the one! Thank you so much! I will be making mine tomorrow.

  93. January 24, 2012 6:49 am

    This is a great tutorial!!! I am so excited to give it a shot 🙂 Thank you!

  94. Jane Black permalink
    February 7, 2012 2:22 pm

    Could you please post pictures for the outside pocket? I’m having a hard time figuring the outside pocket out.
    Otherwise, it’s a brilliant design, thanks so much!!!

  95. Courtney permalink
    March 1, 2012 1:16 am

    Thank you for the great tutorial. My wallet came out great! 🙂

  96. March 8, 2012 6:50 am

    Hi. This tutorial is amazing – it has very clear pictures and instructions. I have linked you on my blog:


  97. Anonymous permalink
    March 10, 2012 3:22 pm

    Great tutorial! I’m a beginner, but this made it easy! Thanks again!

  98. April 3, 2012 7:40 am

    That is such a wonderfull tutorial!
    I linked this in a post on my blog,

    Thanks for sharing this! 😀


  99. April 13, 2012 1:18 pm

    This is great! I’ll definitely try to make this! Thank you for sharing.

  100. Jenny permalink
    May 11, 2012 6:36 pm

    thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial, so very generous of you to share this!

  101. Anonymous permalink
    May 25, 2012 1:36 pm

    great tutorial! thanx a lot!

  102. Chris permalink
    July 5, 2012 10:07 am

    Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial! I just finished my wallet with the addition of a clear vinyl ID window in the first credit card slot, and I love it!

  103. Anonymous permalink
    July 8, 2012 8:45 am

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve been trying to create something to hold my Avon samples and I think this wallet with a few tweaks will do just the trick.

  104. July 23, 2012 12:43 pm

    on “to do list”! lovely wallet 🙂

  105. July 24, 2012 12:31 pm

    hi, fabricaholic! i’ve just blogged about some wallets i made using your pattern, and now even more people are discovering your tutorial. yay! thank you for taking the time to pull this tute together for all of us 🙂

  106. Jane Black permalink
    July 31, 2012 8:17 am

    I’m halfway through this amazing tutorial, thanks so much for the amazing pictures! Just wanted to say the only confusing bit is length and width. You don’t explicitly say the zipper should be inserted along the 8.5 inch side of fabric for the outside pocket. Besides confusing myself over that, amazing tutorial and thanks so much!

  107. Angie permalink
    September 3, 2012 4:36 pm

    Hello, I started making this wallet and got a little confused… (I’m a beginner!) In step 2 we sew the pieces of fabric together – then you say to flip one side out through the hole we just made…. but the pieces are sewn together…. Can you please help me with what I missed?! Thank you!

  108. marsha permalink
    September 21, 2012 5:48 am

    woww i made one following this tutorial and it looks great 😀

  109. Denise permalink
    December 12, 2012 1:44 pm

    Hi I am trying to use this pattern but i am really confused on the zipper part…i understand cutting the square but i dont get how u turned the material…please help!

  110. Amber permalink
    December 17, 2012 11:27 pm

    I know this post is really old but I just wanted to let you know I made this wallet over 3 years ago and still use it everyday and get compliments on it all the time. I was so glad I was able to find your post again after all this time so I can make some for last minute christmas gifts.

  111. December 20, 2012 8:44 am

    wow.. its look great.. like a expensive one.. I will try it.. Thanks for your tutorial sharing..

  112. Anonymous permalink
    December 20, 2012 5:32 pm

    I have made a few of these wallets. Cant find anything better. On my latest wallet, I made the outside with leather and the inside pink. Love this Tute!!!

  113. Anonymous permalink
    December 30, 2012 3:36 am

    It’s 12:30 am and I just finished this wallet for my daughter. LOL at your comment about not being allowed to mass produce it. Are you kidding me?! Who the heck would want to go thru that more than once in a lifetime!!! (ha ha) It turned out great but boy oh boy that was a time consuming and fussy project. I made a wallet for my son recently which was also fussy but a lot less involved than this one. One thing I did differently was narrow the credit card slots at the sides so the cards were more snug in the pockets and wouldn’t slide out. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

  114. January 5, 2013 9:37 am

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  115. Anonymous permalink
    January 5, 2013 11:47 am

    Hi. I’ve made this wallet using cotton fabric, Denim fabric and Leather. This wallets perfect!! Thanks for the Tute!!!!

  116. Jessica permalink
    January 13, 2013 3:42 pm

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks. Can you tell me what the dimensions are of the final product? I’m trying to convert this to a checkbook cover & just want to make sure. It seems, with .5 in seam allowances it’d be 7.5 in wide, so about 1.5 in too wide for US Checks. Do I have that right?

  117. Karna permalink
    January 13, 2013 3:56 pm

    Jessica, Ive made this wallet out of denim and out of leather. After all the layers and the fold, the wallet fits my checkbook perfectly with no adjustments.

  118. Kimberley permalink
    January 16, 2013 6:19 pm

    Thankyou, it was very easy to follow – and a great way to end my uni-break boredom.. Considering I had to google how to re-thread the machine and I was still able to follow it thats saying something 🙂
    Its beautiful, I used a woven heavy grey material on the outside and it looks devine.

  119. Little Brown Tomato (LBT) permalink
    January 21, 2013 3:04 pm

    Great tutorial! Great wallet!

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  121. February 21, 2013 12:53 am

    Hi I realy wanted to make a wallet that could hold my phone also bc I don’t like purses and I don’t always have pockets and I hate having to carry all my stuff in my hands. Do you think an iPhone 4S will fit into a conpartment and where do you think it is best to add a strap so I can hang it on my wrist?
    Thank you!’ Really excited to hopefully make one of these… When someone teaches me how to use a sewing machine haha :p

  122. Monika permalink
    February 24, 2013 11:09 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I just finished my wallet and it’s really nice 😀 Thank you once again!

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  125. BrownEyedAimee permalink
    April 1, 2013 12:36 pm

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  130. Anonymous permalink
    May 14, 2013 12:18 am

    I cannot figure out this zipper 😦 What hole is created that you can pull one side through? If you sew the box on all sides, there isn’t a hole anywhere! Please help!

  131. elily00 permalink*
    May 14, 2013 10:02 am

    That’s the most confusing part. Just start stuffing one of the pieces of fabric into the hole you cut in the middle of the square. You’ll see once you try it what I’m talking about. The only other way to describe it is with a video which I just don’t have time for 🙂

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  135. geraldine permalink
    July 3, 2013 2:20 pm

    Great tutorial just finished my first was feeling pretty smug until I realised I’ve missed out steps 13 and 14! Hey ho it’s not the end of the world!

  136. geraldine permalink
    July 3, 2013 2:58 pm

    Forgot to say that the depth was also less important as I only made 4 card slots as I wanted to have more full width pockets

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  149. Anonymous permalink
    November 2, 2013 12:07 pm

    is anybody herer?
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    i really don’t understand this part step1:
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    how do i flip out if it is sewed??.. 😦

  150. Gelene permalink
    November 13, 2013 3:55 pm

    I love this pattern!! I have made two of them and everyone loves them. I plan on making more for Christmas presents.

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  153. February 9, 2014 10:54 am

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  154. March 22, 2014 7:43 pm

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  155. Anonymous permalink
    April 26, 2014 7:39 am

    Thank you for the wallet pattern. I made 5 of them for Christmas gifts for my daughters and daughter-in-laws. They all loved them and use them.

  156. May 7, 2014 6:45 pm

    Thank you. I made one to match a hipster bag I made for myself from another tutorial. Anyway, it turned out great. I wish I could attach a picture. Thanks.

  157. May 24, 2014 12:54 pm

    Bought a Singer just so I could make one of these! Having some trouble with the instructions, though… For Step 4: How can you flip out the fabric if you sewed the box?? I must be missing something – can anyone clarify, please?

  158. June 15, 2014 7:57 pm

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  167. September 19, 2014 6:40 pm

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  170. Pam McCabe permalink
    October 17, 2014 4:35 am

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  173. Elisha permalink
    March 31, 2015 10:38 pm

    Is there a tutorial on Youtube?

  174. Tori permalink
    May 6, 2015 2:40 pm

    Just wondering what tools you all use for the snap??

  175. Melody Goggin permalink
    July 25, 2015 7:36 pm

    Thank you for an amazing pattern. Instructions are so easy to follow.

  176. Anonymous permalink
    August 11, 2015 7:36 am

    Thank you so much

  177. November 8, 2015 2:59 pm

    Excelente, lo entendí todo por las fotos!! Muchas gracias!

  178. Dawn permalink
    December 1, 2015 10:26 pm

    Just finished making this wallet. I am really going to enjoy it! Easy to follow instructions.

  179. January 14, 2016 12:24 pm

    Thank you for your tutorial. It was very helpful. I am not very good at sewing but this helped me make the wallet that I needed.

  180. Carol permalink
    February 11, 2016 11:41 pm

    I love this wallet tutorial! i would love to sell to my facebook friends. Can i do that please?

  181. karen alger permalink
    March 29, 2016 12:09 pm

    This is just the right size for my iphone 6. Just slip it into the pocket behind the credit cards and off I go!

  182. Emily permalink
    April 10, 2016 11:58 am

    Amazing tutorial! I am having trouble with the credit part though. Trust me I read and re-read before posting on here lol To me it looks as though the bottom pocket (the 2 8.5×4 sewn together) is included in the back portion of the credit card area. Am I correct? Thank you for any help suggested 🙂

  183. Roxane permalink
    April 30, 2016 9:14 pm

    Thank u so so much for this tutorial as I am a beginner and found this so simple thanks to u:))was gonna send a pic but no idea how lol
    Thanks again..u rock:))
    Ps my first time doing a zipper and actually found it super simple..

  184. Anonymous permalink
    May 11, 2016 8:22 am


  185. Laine permalink
    May 16, 2016 4:47 pm

    Question about the outer pocket. In the “cut your fabric” portion, you have the outer pocket at 8.5″ x 8″. Then in the directions you state 8.5″ x 9″. Which one is it? Also in the directions, you have the outer pocket shorter (because it is folded in half). Do you stitch down the bottom to the main outer fabric?

  186. Amy Budd permalink
    October 8, 2016 10:47 pm

    I was so excited about this project but now my hopes are down as I’m not as good as I thought ahah
    Can you please tell me. It is so hard to turn the wallet at the end and sew it as the edges are so thick.
    Seems like its the interfacing but the wallet isn’t even that hard.
    Can you help?

  187. Mak Franklin permalink
    October 10, 2016 3:38 pm

    I want a wallet but have absolutely no creativity
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  188. Lisa permalink
    January 12, 2017 7:30 am

    Hi, just wondering if I want the outer zipper when and how do I attach it? I probably missed it on the tutorial! Just let me know what step it is in, please! I’m just reading instructions before I attempt this and hope I can handle it!

  189. Suzy'sLittleBlog permalink
    March 11, 2017 9:46 am

    Fantastic tutorial, I plan on using it to hel me make my design of wallet (struggled with card slots, it went horrifically wrong).

    I’m just wondering though, to get the edges so neat do they all need folding over before the final stitching?

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  191. Anonymous permalink
    May 22, 2017 8:52 pm

    Reading and re-reading instructions on the dang zippered pouch took me hours lol,i hope assembling will not take ages….sorry but i really love it and probably make some for friends and family so i need to keep repeating the procedure in my brain.

  192. December 11, 2017 1:24 am

    Thank you I work with rural women and have been looking for patterns to reach them to make bags for different use. Can I use the pattern? it’s easy and the wallet is lovely.

  193. Anonymous permalink
    December 20, 2017 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Super clear and really helpful to have all the measurements.

  194. Andrejek permalink
    May 25, 2018 8:13 pm

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  195. Rebecca Albert permalink
    January 31, 2019 11:59 am

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  197. Sofia permalink
    May 19, 2020 3:07 am

    Beautiful work and great and easy to follow instructions:-)
    I made a smiliar one but I used a sew in magnet,, in the flap, because I don’t like the buttons:-)
    Thank yiu for sharing:-)

  198. Alison Winfree permalink
    February 4, 2023 8:00 pm

    I’ve easily made a dozen of these wallets over the past 10 or so years. Thank you so much for the pattern.


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