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!

Messy Eaters!

Do you have a messy eater in your family? I can ask this as I am one myself! This is largely borne by our slovenly ways of eating our tea from lap trays in front of the TV rather than sitting at the table.  To resolve this problem, instead of making us eat at the table, I made myself a bib.  I got my pattern from the website shown at the end however, since Craftsy ceased a few months ago, it’s no longer available.  The shape is fairly simple though so it’d be easy to draught yourself.  This is my original.

I made this one for my sister (we’re a family of messy eaters, apart from my Mum!) for a funny birthday gift – she had asked for one so I was confident she wouldn’t be offended.  Like me, she is a big cat fan so cat-themed fabric had to be used.   After washing and drying the fabrics to pre-shrink them, I started by cutting out a front, some quilt wadding (extra absorbency!) and a backing (cut out the opposite was to the front).

After attaching the wadding to the back piece, I sewed the front and back together, leaving a gap at the bottom.  I graded the seam allowance and snipped the curves before turning the right way out through the gap and pressing the edges.

Next, I top stitched all around the edge of the bib before marking up quilting lines.  This step is entirely optional but I think it looks nice.  I use a heat erasable pen called Pilot Frixion (from Amazon, of course!) to draw my lines.  After sewing the quilting lines, I ran the iron over the bib and all the pen marks disappeared, like magic!

The last job was to attach some Velcro for fastening, although snaps or press studs would work equally well.

And here’s the finished article!

To make it look a bit nicer as a gift, I folded it and wrapped with a ribbon and a fun tag. Have I given you a top Christmas gift idea??!

 

 

http://www.hemmein.com/upcycled-grown-up-bibs/