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Simple wallet sewing video tutorial with free pattern – Sew-along Day #2

February 19, 2014

Welcome to Day#2 of our sewing video tutorial. Do you have all your materials ready? Let’s start!

To begin with, please refer to the layout diagram below, for the positioning of the different parts of the wallet. You will need to mark the position of the velcro strips on the outer and inner fabrics. Note the orientation of the inner (on top) and outer fabric (below). This is because the two pieces will be sewn with their wrong sides facing.



Layout and positioning of pockets and velcro. Click on image to zoom in.

How to make

– Apply fusible interfacing (if you are not using laminates or thick fabrics)

  1. Make coin compartment – Sew front piece of coin compartment to the bottom edge of the zip. Sew backing piece for coin compartment to the top edge of the zip. Open up the two fabric pieces so that right sides are facing up. Topstitch the fabric onto the zip. Foldover the backing piece so that the short edges are aligned. Set aside.
  2. Make ID holder – Clip the two strips of bias in place to the longer sides of the plastic sheet. Sew down one side, with the bias sandwiching the plastic sheet. Set aside.
  3. Assembling the inner fabric piece. Place coin compartment, right sides aligned (as referred to in top diagram), clip in place. Baste the coin compartment to the inner fabric on the right and left sides, with a 0.5cm seam allowance. Next, place the plastic sheet 1cm away from the coin compartment, clip in place to the inner fabric. Sew the other side of the bias (the side that has not been sewn) so that the bias sandwiching the plastic sheet is sewn down to the inner fabric all in one stitch.
  4. Position Velcro pieces – using the layout diagram above, mark with a washable fabric marker/chalk, the velcro hook and loop tape positions  respectively on the outer and inner fabric pieces. Sew the velcro pieces on.
  5. Attach labels (optional step)
  6. Finish top edge of inner fabric – using the cotton twill tape, cover the edge of the inner fabric and sew down with a 0.7-0.8cm seam allowance.
  7. Assembling the wallet – Place outer fabric with right sides facing down (note orientation of velcro), place billfold lining fabric on top (wrong sides of fabric facing each other), and stack the inner fabric with the sewn on ID holder and coin compartment on top of it. Align the bottom edge of all pieces (the bottom edge is the one nearest to you).
  8. Important! Check the position of the velcro strips. Now fold up the wallet to check the orientation of the velcro. If it is correct, sew a 0.5cm seam allowance basting stitch around all 4 sides to hold all the layers in place.
  9. Finish – Using the cotton twill tape, sew all around the raw edges of the wallet, making sure to sew through all the layers.

I feel a headache reading what I just wrote 😛 It’s hard to imagine orientation and right sides and wrong sides without actually seeing it! So please watch the video, it will make things so much clearer. If you have a fast internet connection, watch in HD!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy sewing video tutorial. Even if you did not sew along, bookmark the page for you might want to make this one day. Happy sewing and stay tuned for my next sewing video tutorial next month. I will be sewing using a pattern from one of my Japanese sewing books!

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  • Reply sheri February 20, 2014 at 7:09 am

    aaaah you are such a kind person to not only take the time and trouble to post the instructions but post a video too thank you kind person i will definitely save this for later as i made a similar wallet before christmas as a present and it was like pulling teeth some of the instructions were really difficult to follow so having a video is perfect thank you again xxx

  • Reply Jocelyn Alfaro March 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

    hello, i like what you have posted at facebook. I just love dainty colors and fabrics. keep on posting , i appreciate your passion to teach and that you share your talent to us.

  • Reply Theresa Koh January 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm


    Thanks for the video. Very informative and its nice of you to take the effort to make a video to share your knowledge.

    I’m a beginner and wish to start by getting a machine. What machine are you using and what machine would u recommend for a beginner? Many thanks!

    Warmest regards,

    • Reply Japanese Sewing Books January 5, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Theresa,
      I am using a basic Janome mechanical machine. It’s quite an old model so I’m not sure if it’s still on the market. Basically I chose not to get one of the computerized ones because I didn’t feel the need for all the extra stitches and fancy features. I used a Brother machine for years, that was my starting machine. It is definitely cheaper but could not really handle thick layers well. However, it did serve me for many years without breaking down so if you are on a budget, it’s worth considering. When you get better at sewing and want to do more advanced projects, you can upgrade then.

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