Whip up these easy-make velcro wallets using just a few supplies and no previous experience of sewing. They’re perfect for young crafters to try or if you’re on the hunt for a fast-make DIY accessory either for yourself or to give as a gift. Switch up the fabrics to change the style easily.
You will need
- 1 fat quarter
- Felt square
- Velcro: 8cm (31⁄8in)
- Ribbon: 1.5cm (5⁄8in) width x 30cm (12in)
- Basic sewing kit
How to make a velcro wallet
You Will Need
- Felt (1 fat quarter)
- Velcro (8cm (3 1/8 in))
- Ribbon width (1.5cm (5⁄8in) x 30cm (12in))
- Basic sewing kit
Cutting out the pieces
Cut out the fat quarter to 15x27cm (6×105⁄8in).
Cut the felt to 11x23cm (43⁄8x91⁄8in).
Cut the ribbon to:
- Front strip: 15cm (6in).
- Bow: 9cm (35⁄8in).
- Bow knot: 3cm (1¼in).
Attaching the ribbon and bow
Take the fabric and fold all the sides under by 2cm (¾in) to the wrong side (WS) and press.
Fold the bow piece in half widthways and crease to make a fold.
Place the two raw ends touching on this fold to make a loop and pin.
Wrap the bow knot length of ribbon around the centre of this bow loop so the raw ends meet at the back.
Stitch the bow knot into place using small invisible stitches.
Place the ribbon front strip across the short edge of the fabric just 5mm (¼in) in from the folded-under edge and wrap the ends underneath to the WS of the fabric. Slip stitch into place using small stitches.
Place the bow you’ve just made on top of the ribbon and stitch into place. We positioned ours off centre to the right hand side, but place yours wherever you prefer.
Adding the velcro closure
Pin the hook part of the velcro across one of the short ends of the felt 1cm (3⁄8in) in from the edge.
Stitch the velcro into place all the way around. This will be the flap fastening of the wallet.
Pin the felt to the WS of the fabric on top of the folded-under edges so that the velcro strip you have stitched on the felt is right side (RS) up but directly beneath the ribbon sewn onto the fabric. The felt is a little larger than the fabric for a decorative look.
Fold the fabric and felt into a wallet shape and mark where the sewn-on velcro touches the fabric.
Pin the loop part of the velcro into this position.
Unfold the felt then stitch the velcro strip into place.
Stitch the fabric to the felt across the top short edge above the loop velcro strip you’ve just sewn on.
Assembling the wallet
Fold the bottom section up to make the wallet shape.
Stitch the felt and fabric layers together up the sides and across the top of the flap section.
Fold the flap over to complete.
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