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A PDF sewing pattern for a compact leather wallet with front pocket, zipper pocket, intermediate card pocket and room for bills
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The wallet itself is a fairly simple sewing project, suitable for the adventurous beginner with a regular domestic sewing machine.
No adventure is without a few challenges, so keep the following points in mind:
The patten and tutorial is written with real leather in mind. This leather should be of medium thickness. Not too floppy or stretchy, but not too firm either. As a rule of thumb, I recommend 1.5 to 2mm (4-5 oz.) thickness. Not only does the thickness matter, but so does the surface. The smoother, the easier the leather will slide under your presser foot.
Two layers of leather does require a bit of "power" from your sewing machine. You don't need a high-end machine, but I don't recommend a light beginner sewing machine.
Tip: Test your machine with 3 to 4 layers of sturdy jeans fabric. Can you feed them through your machine, perhaps with a little help from your handwheel? Then there is a good chance that you will be able to complete this project successfully as well!
Q: Can you also use faux or cork leather to make this wallet?
A: In principle, all non-fraying materials can be used BUT
Q: Can you make the wallet in (cotton) fabric?
A: The method is intended for non-fraying, sturdy materials BUT
You can hack the pattern in a variety of ways. By doubling the pattern pieces from fabric, reinforcing and then turning them, you can definitely achieve a cool result with lighter materials too!
Want to know what materials you need? Take a look at our DIY kits, everything is nicely listed there!