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Sep 20

Making a Wallet from Spoonflower

I’ve been intrigued with Spoonflower.com ever since I first encountered them. I decided I wanted to order and make some of their cut and sew patterns, as I am thinking about creating some of my own. Tuesday an envelope appeared in the mail:

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With a bunch of fun stuff inside:

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After discussion with David, I decided to start with the Dr. Who wallet by risarocksit, which is a present for Zachary:

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The pattern directions are printed on the fabric, which was convenient. I cleverly decided I could skip the ironing part and move straight on to the cutting:

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Which, after I was into it, I admitted to myself had not been the wisest course, and I was going to need to iron everything before I could sew it up anyway. Onward! 

The pattern pieces were not exactly aligned, which made cutting a bit fussy. Overall they were nicely created, though, and easy to work with. The only thing that appeared a bit off was an outline gapping around a fill, but of course this was well within the seam allowance:

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Cut pile of pieces!

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I next stacked the pieces stacked in the way they will be assembled.

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After playing with this a bit I decided it wasn’t thick enough and didn’t have the heft I would like it to have, so I added some interfacing:

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I cut it so that it was 3/4 inch from all edges, since there will eventually be 1/2″ seams around. I wanted to avoid having lumpy edges:

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And ironed it on to attach. This piece will line the outside of the wallet, where I want the stiffness, leaving the inside a bit soft.

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I also decided to try out some new thread; 100% recycled Polyester from Gutermann:

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Then I started reviewing the instructions in detail. The instructions were definitely written for someone with sewing experience, as they were terse and assumed some basic skills, such as  creating a double folded hem.

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I do have that skill, and in fact since this edge will take some wear I decided to reinforce it further by zigzagging the edges:

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Then folding the first fold and ironing it: 

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Ironing in the second fold:

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And finally sewing:

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Note that I started between 1/4″ and 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric. If I had started at the corner the needle would have pushed it into the machine. If I had needed to sew all the way to the edge I could have backed up and then reset, but in fact since the edge will be in the seam allowance, I can just leave them unsewn.

Next I deviated from the pattern a bit.  She called for velcro, but I have some sewable magnet strip, which seemed much more like the Doctor’s wallet. 

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Though as David pointed out, this might spell doom for magnetic strips. Also, the magnet dulled my needle to the point of unusability:

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But, hey. Small price to pay for awesome!

Next I assembled the inner pockets and lining, mostly as outlined in the instructions. The changes I made were basting the pockets down to the inner fabric before sewing, and topstitching the top edge after turning the tube:

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I did the same with the outer part. Note that the interfacing is on the lining of the outer part of the wallet.

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Next I turned them right sides together to seam:

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Sewed them up:

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Clipped the corners, which again wasn’t mentioned in the instructions:

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Turned the wallet right side out, topstitched the other three sides, and was done!

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I think this will be appreciated. 🙂

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The only nit I have to pick with the final object is that I should have made the inner part slightly smaller than the outer part so it didn’t pucker when folded. 

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All in all, however, an awesome project and a great experience! Thanks to RisaRocksIt!!

2 comments

  1. Bonnie

    VERY nice work…love the magnet AND you did a great job on the post (composition, grammar, spelling, great photos). I’ll bet you are also a wonderful teacher. Your decision to collect vintage slant Singers is awesomely (that’s probably not a word but it is what I mean) wise and I envy your students. Keep us posted!! Bonnie

    1. Jennifer Leigh

      Thanks for your kind comment! Zachary loves the wallet. It was quite a hit!

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