How to make a fabric wallet

Learn how to make a fabric wallet with our quick and simple tutorial.

how to make a fabric wallet

Essential travel accessory for wanderers… sew up a simple fabric wallet in ten steps to store your loyalty cards, train tickets and more. The best part? You now have an excuse to use up some of your favourite fat quarters. Have fun colour matching!

You will need:

• Main outer fabric, 23x11cm (9⅛ x 4⅜”)
• Contrasting lining fabric, 23x11cm (9⅛ x 4⅜”)
• Pocket pieces in lining fabric: 1. 23x10cm (9⅛ x 4”); 2. 23x13cm (9⅛ x 5¼”); 3. 23x16cm (9⅛ x 6¾”)
• Wooden button, 2cm (¾”)
• Elastic, 7cm long (2¾”)
• Sewing machine
• Optional interfacing piece if fabric choices are light weight, 23x11cm (9⅛ x 4⅜”)

How to make a fabric wallet

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You Will Need

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine

Total time:

Step 1

how to make a fabric wallet step 1

Fold all pocket pieces in half with long sides touching. Press and sew raw edges with a ½cm (¼”) seam allowance.

Step 2

how to make a fabric wallet step 2

Place pocket 2 on top of pocket 3, aligning bottom raw edges. Measure 4cm (1⅝”) down from folded edge of pocket 2. Pin and sew a straight stitch across.

Step 3

how to make a fabric wallet step 3

Place pocket 1 on top of pocket 2, aligning bottom raw edges. Pin and sew bottom edge with a ½cm (¼”) seam allowance.

Step 4

how to make a fabric wallet step 4

Fold in half widthways to find the centre vertical fold. Pin and sew a vertical line.

Step 5

how to make a fabric wallet step 5

Now sew another vertical line on either side of centre line, spaced 1cm (⅜”) away from the stitch

Step 6

how to make a fabric wallet step 6

Place pockets on top of lining, matching bottom raw edges. Stitch along bottom edge with a ½cm (¼”) seam allowance. Pin elastic in a loop to the centre of the right hand side. Keep pins clear of sewing path, set aside.

Step 7

how to make a fabric wallet step 7

Place outer fabric on top of interfacing fabric, right side up. Now place pocket section face down on top of outer fabric, right sides together. Pin and sew with a ½cm (¼”) seam allowance, leaving gap at the bottom to turn.

Step 8

how to make a fabric wallet step 8

Turn using a knitting needle to gently push corners into points. Use a pin to coax out stubborn corners. Press.

Step 9

how to make a fabric wallet step 9

Whip stitch the opening closed.

Step 10

how to make a fabric wallet step 10

Sew the button to the front of the wallet, making sure the elastic is neatly aligned with it when closed.

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About Leanne Garrity
Leanne is a DIY blogger, writer, reviewer and designer-maker for her own indie fashion accessories label, Chi Chi Dee Handmade.