Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek at today's pattern. I really like my little bag! Before we get started, I'll briefly tell you how this all came about. You may remember that I showcased Lisa of www.poldapop.blogspot.com in this Wednesday Showcase, http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-wednesday-showcase_26.html. She found out that we live relatively close to each other, so she emailed and asked if we could get together for coffee some time. It took a while, but finally over the Christmas holiday she was able to get away and we met. She is delightful. We talked about her business and I told her that she needed to get her PodaPop Swatch Purse made into a pattern. She put her pattern together, sent it to me and I gave it a test run. I gave her a few ideas for fine tuning. It's always a good idea to have someone else take a look at your pattern. My little version is below.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/123643702/sewing-pattern-zippered-scrap-wallet?. The introductory price of the pattern is a mere $5.00. After February 28th, the pattern will be $7.50. So you can make the pattern using the dimensions that are included with this post, save a little time and order the pattern, or, if you would rather not be bothered, she also has finished bags available in her Esty shop. Lots of options!!
I hope you enjoy the post!
The PoldaPop Swatch Purse
This wallet features a zippered coin pocket, a detachable wristlet, 10 credit card pockets, and three cash/coupon pockets. It closes with a zipper and is large enough to fit a phone in addition to all your other wallet items. I like that I can take mine out of my purse for a quick trip to the store – I even attach my keys to the lobster claw hook when I don’t have a spare pocket!
Fabric scraps I use upholstery swatches from upholstery swatch books* or loose swatches (see note at end). You could also use home dec scraps and even quilting weight cottons
Interfacing (I use Pellon 911FF)
Fusible fleece interfacing (you will need this if using quilting cottons)
Invisible thread (optional)
All purpose thread
Double-fold extra wide bias tape (one package or make your own with 2” bias strips and a 1” bias tape maker)
7" all-purpose zipper
18-22” all-purpose zipper (needs to be good quality)
Swivel lobster claw hook (1.5”) and D-ring (3/4”) (I usually buy in bulk on Etsy)
Small binder clips (to hold together layers of fabric)
Exterior: 8.5" x 10.25" w/ rounded corners(1 fabric, 1 interfacing)
Background: 8.5" x 5.5" (2 fabric, 2 interfacing)
Coin pocket: 7" x 6.5" (1 fabric, 1 interfacing)
Wristlet: 2.5" x 14" (1 fabric)
Credit card pockets: 8.5" x 5" (5 fabric, 5 interfacing if needed)
Cash/coupon pockets: 8.5" x 6.5" (3 fabric, 3 interfacing) (omit step 1 of tutorial if you are making your own pattern pieces)
Step 1: Print pattern pieces
Print out all pattern pieces making sure that the “auto fit” and “auto rotate” features are turned off on your printer. I have included a 2” x 2” test square so that you can make sure the pieces have printed correctly. Cut out pattern pieces. Trim background piece so that one side has rounded corners. You should have the following pieces: exterior, interior background, coin pocket, credit card pocket, cash/coupon pocket, and wristlet. The coin pocket, credit card pocket, and cash/coupon pocket pieces have notch marks to show where the fold should be placed.
Step 2: Plan what goes where.
Before cutting the fabric pieces, lay them out in different combinations to see what looks best where. Once you are satisfied with the layout you can cut the fabric to size.
Now you can cut the pieces to size. As you are doing so, figure out which ones will need interfacing and cut that, too. I always use interfacing on the cash/coupon pockets, and often for the background pieces unless they are very thick. You only need to apply interfacing to the thinnest credit card holders (interfacing can sometimes make it difficult to put multiple credit cards in a pocket). Do apply interfacing to the zipper pocket fabric and the wallet exterior. Remember, if you are using quilting cottons as your fabric, you will need to cut and apply fusible fleece interfacing to the exterior piece. Fold credit card, coin pocket, and cash/coupon pockets in half (wrong sides together) using the notch marks for placement. Press.
Step 4: Sew wristlet
Fold the wristlet in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Open it up and fold one side to the middle (wrong sides together) and press. Fold the other side in to meet it in the middle and press. Fold it one more time in half so that the raw edges are sandwiched on the inside. Pin and topstitch at 1/8" on both long sides. Insert wristlet through the swivel lobster class ring. Place one raw edge of wristlet about ½” away from lobster claw ring and sew, using a tight zig-zag stitch. Bring second raw edge to meet it and sew this raw edge down with a zig-zag stitch.
Step 5: Sew credit card pockets
I like to have my credit card pockets and cash/coupon pockets open in the same direction. If this is also your preference, sew top edge of the cash pocket background to the bottom edge of the credit card holder background, right sides together with a 3/8" seam allowance. If you prefer to open your wallet like a book, sew the bottom edge of the cash pocket background to the bottom edge of the credit card background (RST with 3/8” seam allowance). Open it up and make sure all layers and stitch lines are included. If it looks good, sew 2-3 along the stitch line again for reinforcement. Trim off excess seam allowance. The inside of the wallet is now complete. Look at it and admire how the fabrics blend and contrast with one another. So lovely! Then set it aside so that you can tackle the exterior.
Step 8: Sew zippered change pocket into exterior fabric
Fold pocket in half, wrong sides together. Place fold of pocket 1.25" from the top raw edge of right side of the exterior. Open up the pocket so that the wrong side faces up and pin in place.
Fold the pocket fabric in half and pin. Before removing your zipper foot, sew across the top of the zipper window one last time to hold the pocket fabric in place (so as to prevent it getting caught in the zipper). Change back to your regular foot and sew around the sides of the pocket with a 1/4" seam allowance. You may want to sew around the edge 2-3 times for reinforcement.
Use binder clips to "pin" exterior to interior wrong sides together. If the edges don't quite match up, do a bit of trimming. Make sure that the credit card pockets are at the top, matched with the zippered coin pocket. Sew around edge with ¼ seam allowance. Sew across the wallet where the credit card pockets meet the cash/coupon pockets to create a fold line for the wallet.
Get out your good quality zipper (seriously, don’t use the thrift store zipper for this. I’ve made this mistake for you. You’re welcome.) Trim top of zipper to just above the zipper stop and apply Fray Check so that the ends don’t fray. Open zipper and place right side up on wallet interior. The top zipper stop should be placed ½” away from the center fold line. The zipper teeth should be placed 5/8” from the edge of the wallet. Pin the zipper tape to the wallet.
NOTE ON USING UPHOLSTERY SWATCHES