Cute Keychain Wallet

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, I’ve found I’m using cash less often and am opting for contactless payment using my phone.  As a result, I rarely take my purse with me, and certainly not when I don’t take my handbag.  This has caused an issue for me when what I want to purchase is more than the contactless limit of £45.  My purse is quite large so I decided I needed a small wallet that would fit in my jeans pocket, to put in a couple of credit cards and maybe a banknote, in case of emergency.  Now I realise I could just have purchased one but I saw this video on YouTube and thought it fit the bill perfectly.  The video is called Dainty Keychain Wallet by Yoan Sewing Studio.  Yoan’s directions are really clear and she gives all dimensions for the fabric needed. 

This pattern doesn’t use a lot of fabric and is perfect for bits of fabric that you can mix and match for a truly unique item.  I’m using an old fabric collection call Flight from my stash.  First, I cut out all the fabric and interfacing pieces and adhered the interfacing in place.

The next job was to make the two card pockets sections.  They hold 2 credit cards in each side.

These two pieces were then sewn onto the inside lining piece, adding a lobster claw clasp.  Yoan adds a ring here instead but I didn’t have any of those.  I figure I can use this to clip the wallet onto the inside of my handbag so I can find it easily!

Next, I prepared the outside.  A small fastening was added to a small flap to form the closure.  The reciprocal part of the fastening was secured to the opposite edge of the front.

I then made the wallet sandwich, putting the front and back sections right side together and sewing all around the outside, leaving a small gap for turning.  The seam allowances and corners were trimmed before turning to reduce bulk.

After turning right side out, I have it a good press and top stitched around the edge, closing up the turning gap.  So here is the finished wallet. 

It’s the perfect size to slip into my back pocket and holds all the essentials I’ll need.  And it took less than a couple of hours to make!

Twist ‘n’ Pop

I’ve been binge watching fancy fold card videos on YouTube lately.  A fancy fold definitely adds a bit of WOW! to a card.  They usually take a little longer to make but are worth the effort.  This card was made using Sam Calcott’s (of Mixed Up Craft fame) tutorial.  Her instructions are really clear and easy to follow.

My theme for this week’s card was a 60th birthday for my friend.  She’s a fun, bubbly and stylish lady so I wanted the same kind of feel for her card.  

To begin, I wanted a black and white striped background.  I only had skinny striped paper so I drew some deliberately wonky lines with my black marker pen and coloured them in, several times, to give a rich black colour.

Next, using my Cricut, I cut my sentiment from black and gold vinyl and stuck it onto the panel.  I added some gold dots in the corners where I would later add the decorative elements.

For the decorative elements, I used Stampin’ Up! Dressed To Impress stamps.  I added a layer of Glossy Accents to the perfume bottle to resemble glass.

Now for the inside.  First, I added some decorative panels to the card base.

Then it was time for the mechanism.  It looks really complicated and would be tricky to explain on paper (screen?!) but Sam explains it really well in her video so I urge you to watch that.  I couldn’t decide what to put on the 4 panels inside until I realised that BIRTHDAY has 8 letters!  There wasn’t room for ‘Happy’ so I added in some small panels to the top of the 1st panel and bottom of the 4th panel for the ‘Happy’ and ‘Katie’ to personalise the card.  I trialled about 4 small panels until I got ones that were the right size and didn’t drag on card as it opened and closed.

The final job was to glue the front panel into the card base and add some gold-coloured gems for extra pizzazz.

This was such a fun card to make and I think it definitely has the WOW! factor I was after. Here’s a short clip of my card in action.

Meow Wiper

This week’s card is inspired by a card made by Therese Calvird from www.lostinpaper.com – I really loved the repeat stamping of the kitties!  To make the card my own, I wanted to make the upside-down kitty into a wiper element on a Z-fold wiper card.

First, I repeat stamped the kitty by using masks to protect the lower line of cats.  I used MFT’s I Knead You stamp set.

Next, I adhered these panels onto my card base, which is 3” longer than my standard card front and scored at 1½” and 3” from one end.  The Z-fold section is 1¾” wide and the same length as the base and scored in the same places.  The extra panels were decorated using the Meow stencil from Newton’s Nook.

The wiper element was next.  I coloured one of the kitties in greys (like my tabby cats) and cut out a small rectangle for the wiper mechanism.

Now, I watched many YouTube videos to try to get my head around the wiper mechanism!  This way seemed the easiest.  I glued the Z-fold card together and then made a 45˚ score line at one end of the wiper mechanism, folding it back and forth a few times to loosen it up.   After putting glue only onto the underside of the triangle, I held the piece underneath the Z-fold with the point up the the fold line (it’s shown in the collect position but on the top in the photo) and then folded the card flat so that the triangle was glued to the side of the Z-fold.

The next job was to attach the wiper element.  I attached it with Blue-Tack to begin so I could check the position and ensure that it would be covered by the front when the card is closed.

Finally, I stamped a piece for the back of the card, decorated the envelope and added a sentiment onto the front.

Here’s the card when it’s closed…

And when it’s opened…

Here’s the card in action.

I love a fancy fold but a kinetic fun fold is even better!