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Boys Bi-fold Wallet

Always love having Crystal from Stitched by Crystal here, sharing her adorable fabric creations! And today is no different…because this darling Boy Bifold Wallet is so darn clever!  Yep, added it to my sewing list!  Thanks Crystal!

-Ashley
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Hello Make it & Love it readers! I am Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, and today I have a little something for you to sew for your boy!
Sometimes I feel like my son gets ignored a bit in my sewing room.  I sew for my daughter all.the.time. Girly stuff is just so fun to sew and girly fabric prints are so much easier to find than fun boyish prints.  But, boy sewing can be really fun, too!  And for me it is incredibly rewarding; my boy just loves every single thing I sew for him and showers me with hugs.  So, I have been making an effort to sew for him more…because I love those hugs!
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I made this little wallet with boys in mind, but it works for both boys and girls.  Both my kids love it!

 

 

 

This little bifold wallet has a spot for your little one to stash his dollar bills and also has a zipper pocket to store a bit of change.  And on the other side, it has two card pockets, which is a perfect spot for his library card!  And he can even put a few more cards behind the zipper pocket and the card pockets.

 

 

 

Now your little guy (or girl!) can have a wallet just like daddy!

 

 

 

Want to make a wallet?  Keep reading for the tutorial!

 

To make a wallet for your boy (or girl!) you will need…

  • Fabric scraps for outer wallet and interior binding.
  • 1 fat quarter for wallet interior (something lightweight works great so it doesn’t add too much bulk to the wallet, try a thin quilting cotton or a broadcloth)
  • 1 zipper, any size works!
  • Small scraps of medium weight fusible interfacing (you can skip the interfacing if you use a heavier weight exterior fabric).

Cut your fabric according to the chart below:

 

Exterior walletCut 14.5″ x 10″
Wallet liningCut 14.5″ x 10″
Money pocketCut 13.5″ x 10″
Inner pocketsCut 23.5″ x 4.5″
Card pocketsCut 22.75″ x 4.5″
Zipper pocketCut 1 of each1″ x 4.5″ and 3.5″ x 4.5″
Interior pocket bindingCut 21.5″ x 3.5″
Money pocket bindingCut 11.5″ x 10″
Fusible interfacingCut 23.5″ x 4.25″

***measurements are in inches

 

 

Start by fusing the two interfacing pieces to the wrong side of your main wallet piece.  You want to position them 1/2″ from the edge on all sides, there should also be a space between the interfacing in the middle when positioned correctly as shown below.  Set this piece aside.

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Hem the top of both the card pocket pieces (the 2.75″ x 4.5″ pieces) by folding them down 1/4″ then another 1/4″ and stitching along the fold.

Position one of the hemmed card pockets on top of one of the inner pocket pieces (a 3.5″ x 4.5″ piece).  You want the bottom edge of the card pocket to be 1/2″ from the bottom of the inner pocket.  Top-stitch it in place 1/4″ from the bottom of the card pocket.

Place the other card pocket on top of the first one, this time lining up the bottom raw edges.  Stitch along the bottom 1/4″ from the edge.

 

Next you will bind one of the raw edges of the card pockets with one of your short binding strips.  Start with the card pocket right side down.  Line up the binding strip right side down on the right edge of the card pocket and sew it in place with a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Press the binding strip away from the pocket.  Flip the pocket over and press the raw edge of the binding strip in to meet the raw edge of the card pocket.  Press the binding strip in half encasing the raw edge and top-stitch along the folded edge.  Put the card pocket aside.

 

Place your zipper right side down along the 4.5″ side of the 3.5″ x 4.5″ zipper pocket piece.  Line the bottom edge of the zipper up with the left side of the pocket and sew it in place.  Press the seam away from the zipper.

 

Lay the 1″ x 4.5″ piece on top of the zipper and stitch in place.  Press the seam away from the zipper.  Open the zipper and trim off the excess zipper.

 

Place the zipper pocket on top of the remaining inner pocket piece, lining up the top edges, the zipper pocket will be slightly longer.  Baste along the right side, making sure the zipper ends are touching. Trim off the extra length on the bottom of the zipper pocket.

 

Bind the right edge of the zipper pocket with the same technique you used for the card pocket.

 

Position your zipper and card pockets on top of your money pocket, lining up the raw edges with the bound sides in the middle.  Baste along the top edge.

 

Bind the top of the money pocket.

 

Position the money pocket on top of the wallet lining, line up the raw edges on the bottom and sides.  Baste the pocket in place along the bottom and sides.

 

Lay your outer wallet piece on top of the lining and pockets do they are right sides together.  Sew around the edges, leaving a 2″-3″ opening at the top of the wallet.

 

Clip the corners to reduce the bulk when the wallet is turned.

 

Turn the wallet right side out through the hole you left in the top.  Use a pointed object, like a chopstick to push the corners out.  Press well then top-stitch around the outside, making sure to stitch the opening closed.

 

Your wallet is done!  Make sure you stash a dollar in it before giving it away, they say it is bad luck to give an empty wallet!

Thanks for reading!  Stop by my blog sometime and say hi!

‘Til next time!

-Crystal

Check out Crystal’s blog here.  Her darling shop here.  Follow her on Instagram here.  And her Pinterest page here.

 

***ALL contributor posts by Crystal, can be found HERE.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sarah J says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. Found this link via Pinterest. Surely I have enough scraps to make my own! :)

  2. Sarah says:

    Just finish one! Just so easyyy! What a great way to use scraps! Thank you!

  3. Katie says:

    Thank You for this great tutorial. I just made one for my oldest and now am making on for my youngest.

  4. Sara says:

    I love this! I was able to make this last night after my son went to bed. I modified and put a velcro pocket because I didn’t have a zipper. Also painted his initial on the front with acrylic paint. Thanks so much for an easy to follow tutorial!

  5. Seibert Estelle says:

    Thank you for the very clear tutorial. I have had a lot of fun to realize this wallet for my son.
    See the picture on my Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com\LatelierdeLauBaine

  6. Rachelle says:

    I just made one this morning!!! love it, I looked all over for a wallet pattern that had a zipper pouch. Thanks for sharing this one.

    https://www.facebook.com/ThatsSewVenice/photos/pcb.773990906051162/773990346051218/?type=1&theater

  7. Maria says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! We just started a work/earn system with our three boys to teach them how to manage money and this will be great to make for them to put their spending money in. Much better than the canning jars we’ve been using!

    1. Maria says:

      I just made the first wallet. It feels so good to finish a project in one afternoon and make it all from fabric scraps I already had!

    2. Ashley says:

      Ooooh, you’re fast Maria……..and no extra cost is even better! :)

  8. Amy Miller says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. My daughter is so excited to have a wallet for her Pokemon cards. (Are these things really still around?!) Just an FYI, the card pocket measurements on the cutting chart are wrong. Thanks again!

    1. Crystal says:

      Thanks for catching that! Looks like I have it wrong in there twice! They should measure 2.75″ x 4.5″. I will get that fixed in the post!

  9. lindsey s says:

    that’s my sewing project for today sorted then – great idea my son will be a happy bunny – thank you xx

  10. Robin says:

    Wow this is very awesome, Crystal. Thanks for a fun project.

  11. Emily says:

    That is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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