A cute handmade wallet makes a great gift for kids and adults! This easy and slim wallet pattern is perfect for holding cash and credit cards. This article includes free templates to make 2 different wallet sizes, plus a step-by-step tutorial. Download the pattern templates below. This free sewing pattern is fat-quarter-friendly too!
I love a little wallet that I can slip in my back pocket and not carry a purse. This pattern fits the bill, plus there’s more. You will be surprised to see two separate compartments inside.
As you may have guessed, this wallet is a sequel to the original super-popular Fold and Stitch Wallet Pattern. Both are easy, but this second Fold and Stitch Wallet is faster and easier! For more fun projects like this, check out all my free sewing patterns.
This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing. Find it here. The free Fold and Stitch Wallet 2.0 Pattern with 2 Sizes is included in the blog post below and is free to read, print, and sew! Just hit CTRL +P on your computer to print. The Optimized for Printing PDF pattern for $3 is optional. Did you know you can get ALL the Optimized for Printing PDF files organized in a library to access anytime you want? Check it out.
You are going to have so much fun sewing, folding, and finishing a wallet that has cute curves and two pockets on the inside.
- The small size is perfect for using scraps and either size can be made from just 1 fat quarter.
- There are free templates that you can download now.
- This pattern is also great for using up smaller pieces of interfacing.
The smaller wallet is approximately 4 1/2” wide and 3 1/4” tall when finished. It can easily hold a handful of cards, plus some folded bills.
The larger wallet is approximately 5 1/2” wide and 3 3/4” tall. It can hold a lot more than the smaller wallet.
The materials list includes a link to the 2 free downloadable templates.
Tips for Choosing Fabric and Thread:
This project works best with cotton quilting fabric, but you can also use lightweight cotton canvas. These fabrics are easy to sew with and available in so many beautiful patterns. You can make this project in a single fabric or use coordinating prints for the exterior and the lining fabrics.
If you want to use fat quarters, you can make either size wallet from a single fat quarter, or mix and match to make at least 3 wallets with two different fat quarters.
Polyester thread is a good choice for this project because polyester is strong and has the tiniest bit of stretch to help it endure heavy use.
What stabilizer will I need?
A medium-weight fusible stabilizer is recommended for this project to give the fabric a little more durability. I used Pellon SF101 interfacing for 1/2 of my wallets and some fusible interfacing scraps that I have been saving forever for the rest.
You can also use fusible fleece with this pattern. In that case, only fuse the fleece to one fabric piece (either the exterior or the lining) and use a medium weight interfacing or no interfacing at all on the other fabric piece.
So let’s get started making cute wallets!
You will need:
- 1/4 yard or less cotton fabric or fabric scraps
- 1/2 yard 20” wide fusible interfacing (such as Pellon SF101)
- A plastic snap and snap setter (mine is the KAM snap variety; see lots of options here)
- Cutting tools: scissors, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and cutting mat
- A sewing machine and sewing machine needle (size 90/14 suggested)
- Wonderclips or sewing pins
- Pinking shears (optional but very handy – Kai brand are my favorite because they don’t hurt my hands)
- Chopstick or turning tool
- The downloadable pattern template:
Print the pattern templates at 100% (do not enlarge or reduce) and cut them out.
1. From cotton fabric, cut:
- 1 piece for the wallet exterior, using the template for the desired size
- 1 piece for the lining, using the template for the desired size
Be sure to fold your fabric in half and place the indicated line on the fold of the fabric.
2. Cut two pieces of medium-weight fusible interfacing the same way.
Fuse Interfacing to Both Fabric Pieces
1. Press to apply the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of both fabric pieces.
Sew the Exterior and Lining Together
Use a 1/4” seam allowance.
1. Place the wallet exterior and lining pieces right sides together and pin all the way around.
2. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew all the way around the wallet, leaving a 4” opening in the center of the bottom edge for turning. Pivot with your needle down at all of the corners.
Sew slowly around the curved edges to maintain a smooth 1/4” seam allowance.
3. Trim away the extra fabric at the lower corners.
Clip to the stitching at the upper inner corners.
Cut notches in the seam allowance around the curves, or use pinking shears to trim the curved seam, making lots of little notches.
4. Turn the wallet right side out through the opening along the bottom edge. Use a chopstick or turning tool to carefully push out the corners and edges. Press the wallet flat. Fold the raw edges at the opening to the inside and press.
5. Topstitch all the way around the wallet close to the edge, closing the opening at the same time.
Fold and Stitch The Wallet!
1. Lay the wallet piece on your workspace, lining side up. Fold the flap on the right side over towards the center.
2. Then fold the flap on the left side over. Adjust the flaps until they are precisely on top of one another. Secure with Wonderclips.
3. Begin sewing on the right side where the curved edge touches the side of the wallet. Backstitch and sew to the lower corner.
4. Pivot and sew to the bottom left corner. Backstitch and cut threads.
Attach the Snap Pieces
1. Place the wallet on your workspace with the back facing up. Use a pen or pencil to make a mark for the snap that is centered and 3/4” above the flap lower edge.
Tip: Snap placement is the same for both wallet sizes: centered and 3/4” above the lower edge of the flap.
2. Use the snap setting tool to apply one side of the snap to the wallet flap.
3. Close the flap to help you mark where the other side of the snap should be placed.
4. Apply the opposite side of the snap to the outer pocket.
Now try sewing the other size… which one is your favorite?
As always, I love to see what you make with my tutorials. Please post a picture to Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe or #sewcanshe so I can see!
Are you looking for more fast and easy patterns? Check out:
- How to sew a bowl cozy (including 3 sizes)
- Make a basket with 10” layer cake squares or from leftover pieces of fabrics and a little fusible interfacing
- Learn how to sew a pillowcase with exactly one yard of fabric and no waste!
Or see this roundup of 25 Free Sewing Patterns for Beginners.
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