February 22, 2011

Dia de los Wallet

I'm coming down with a cold and being sick makes me grumpy and lazy. I finished this wallet two days ago but I haven't shared it because I had hoped to make a pattern for it. I still intend to draft the pattern (it's pretty simple, mostly rectangles) but it is difficult to find the motivation when you're hacking up your right lung. For now I'll just show it to you.


Remember this fabric I bought? Well I decided to make a wallet out of it - something I needed badly as my old one is crumbling to pieces.


I trimmed the wallet with some red pom pom ribbon (is that what you would call it? I don't know.), added a pocket in the back for change and sewed on an old vintage for a closure.


Unfortunately with this wallet you can't appreciate this awesome Dia de los Muertos skull pattern fabric. But even in small doses the pattern is still beautiful and it isn't until you take a closer look at the back all spread out can you really understand the pattern. It is almost like a little secret and only those who pay attention will notice.


Inside are three card pockets and two bigger pockets, one for money and one for a checkbook. Cute and functional!



Well, now instead of working on things like I ought to I think I'll just chug a few more Zicam, cuddle up with Peanut in bed and play some video games or take a nap. Being sick is lame.

6 comments:

  1. LOVE! I think this is one of my favorite things you've made so far. This and that felt/fabric wreath around Christmas.

    Hope you feel better!

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  2. wow! It's really prety!

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  3. Hi

    I made this wallet from your pattern and have put it on my blog - here is a link if you would like to see...
    http://karen-lifeasweknowit.blogspot.com/2011/04/next-project-finished.html
    I am new to sewing and I have found your blog very interesting. I read your post about taking lessons but there is nowhere near me that do lessons so can you recommend anything else? How did you start out learning?

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  4. Karen, your wallet looks great! I like the fabric :)

    If you can't take a class I'd recommend going to the library and checking out some books on sewing. A library or book store is good because you can go through and preview what is inside the book and pick the right one for you. Find a pure beginner's book for review and pick a book with some projects that interest you for practice.

    Also, read and re-read your sewing machine's manual and practice using all of the different presser feet and stitches.

    If there is a sewing technique you don't understand, burdastyle.com has lots of helpful tutorials and also watching you tube videos on sewing subjects is a good way to learn, too.

    Knowing sewing terms is really helpful. There are a few sewing term glossaries on the web like this one: http://www.sewingweb.com/dictionary/

    It's a good reference when you can't remember what something means.

    I started learning by myself by hand sewing and later when I bought a machine I transferred what I knew to machine sewing and what I didn't know how to do I researched.

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