Wallet tutorial

Wallet tutorial
Here’s the tutorial for these wallets!

The tutorial includes two variation of the closure, one with tab and velcro and the other with fabric loop and button.

For the tutorial, I made a pair of wallets from pink Japanese cotton fabrics, one in polkadot and the other one in floral pattern. The beige linings are Indian cotton fabrics. I hope the colours of the fabrics are not too muted in the pictures.

The tutorial can be downloaded below, it’s a 7 pages of PDF file. Please contact me if you have any difficulty downloading it, or if anything is not clear.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and make your own version. Instead of velcro or fabric loop, you can also use snap-on button, magnetic closure, or plain elastics without the fabric loop.

Disclaimer: You may use the finished products for both personal and commercial use (craft shops or markets only – no mass production). Please do not pass off the pattern and tutorial as your own. Thank you!

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  • In this tutorial, there at two 5cm marks on piece A1 …. which one do you mean to top stitch…….



  • Thanks for sharing this tutorial! The instructions were so clear and very easy to follow. Mine came out looking so professional with all the finishing details!

  • Thank you for the tutorial!!
    I just made a wallet for my daughter. She liked it alot and I was very happy to see her smiling. 🙂

  • Hi, I just made a wallet from your tutorial the other day, but now the link is broken. Could you fix it? I would love to make more wallets for my girlfriends… =) Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Laura! Thank you for telling me about it otherwise I wouldn’t notice. It is fixed now, glad that the tutorial is useful for you! 🙂

  • Bridgette

    Thanks so much for posting these tutorials. They are easy to understand and have great pictures!

  • lina

    hi, your blog is very interesting .. Your name as the name of Indonesia,,, Greetings from Indonesia _LINA

  • Sam

    Thank you! I am now the proud owner of a much needed new wallet. The tutorial was really easy to follow. I have posted about it here http://elephantandwalrus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-replacement.html

  • mel

    Hi. This tutorial is amazing – it has very clear pictures and instructions. I have linked you on my blog: http://mel-allwrappedup.blogspot.com.au/p/link-love-to-amazing-free-craft.html.


  • Haruhi

    Hi there! 😀
    Thank you really much for the free tutorials!
    They are awesome!!! \(^o^)/
    I wish you to continue to be this creative and skillful this year as well!
    Best wishes and Happy New Year! (^_^)

  • Elnora

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I’m pinning it on Pinterest.

  • Duari

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!!! I was searching online for a wallet pattern and just didn’t like any of them (most didn’t include a zipper section for change) or were just too small. Your directions were very clear and easy to follow. The only problem I had was converting the cm to inches! This was very challenging. I used online converter but it would only convert to tenths of an inch and I wasn’t sure how to translate that into 1/8th of an inch??? So I just guestimated! I had a bit of difficulty with the binding as well (I had never used this to finish an edge…but will from now on!) but just read the post below where you suggest sewing one side then useing fusable tape to hold the other side to topstich. Will use this method next time. Thanks so much. I hope one day to have your skill level!

  • Susie

    Well, after all I made it work. I hadn’t put the zipper in when I previously wrote, but was just fitting it together to figure it out. After putting the zipper in and adjusting the 1.5mm fold to accomodate, it worked out beautifully. Now just have to finish with the binding. Thank you for all your hard work in building the tutorial!

  • Susie

    I am in the middle of making your beautiful wallet! but I am stuck. I can’t figure out how to place the (B3)lining which is
    9cm into the space for the pocket. It seems too wide as the overlapping piece is only 6.5cm. When I fold it at the 6.5 mark, the lining just doesn’t work. Help!

  • NennyS

    Senang deh nemu tutorial ini, makasih udah sharing yaaa… Love love love your wallet! ^_^

  • I made a wallet from your tutorial (with little changes) these week.
    If you want, you can have a look there : http://aiguillesduherisson.over-blog.com/article-quand-a-devient-de-l-acharnement-73743790.html

    Thank you for sharing!


  • Rin

    Hi, I really love ur wallet and the tutorial^^ it is awesome =) Can I know what type of the fabric did you use for this? And will it be too soft since you just use fabric to make it? Thanks.

    • verypurpleperson

      I use Japanese cotton fabric with fusible interfacing so it is not too soft.

      • Rin

        Okay, thanks. Can i know can the iron on batting replace with fusible interfacing?

        • verypurpleperson

          I’ve never tried it before, but I assume it can be used depending on the thickness of the batting and/or the effect that you’re trying to achieve.

  • Stephanie

    Hi! First thank you so much! I LOVE the tutorial and the wallets! I did have a quick question…
    Do you have any suggestions on how to sew the binding on nice and straight? I seem to be having troubles and I’m not sure what I need to do to make this easier.

    • verypurpleperson

      Hi Stephanie, I usually sew one side of bias tape first then use fusible tape for the other side and topstitch. Using topstitching foot on the machine can help too. But fusible tape is really helpful! I use it for sewing binding, installing zipper, sewing hem etc. Hope that helps!

  • Alicia

    Hi, I love your tutorial. How would you add stabilizer to this wallet?

    • verypurpleperson

      If the fabric is thin, I use fusible interfacing on them.

  • hi novita,

    tqsm for this tutorial, at last i’ve made it. pls take a look here if u’re free –

    ~ terima kasih !

  • Molly

    Your wallets are super cute. I’m trying to get ideas together for Christmas presents this year.. I love making them so much! And it’s always much more personal to give gifts from the heart that are handmade.. Can’t wait to make a few of these for stocking stuffers. Kudos.

    Antique Jewelry

  • Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Gal

    oh, I’m glad found this tutorial. I was plannin to make a wallet for my sister bec she asked me. And thinking which kind of wallet suits for her. I know now, I’ll use this pattern to make wallet for her. I’ll tell you if I make it 🙂 and will post it on my blog.

    see ya 🙂

  • tee

    hi there, tq so much for your tutorial.i would like to make is as my personal wallet and maybe sell if anyone interested.thank you for sharing this beautiful wallet. i love it so much.thank you so much!

  • Sandy Stephens

    Thank you for the tutorial! Would it be possible to chane the milimeters into inches for those of us that don’t use mm? I sure would appreciate a translation! Love the pattern though and will try to make one w/o sizes!

    • verypurpleperson

      Glad that you like it!
      Unfortunately I’m only familiar with metric system. I’ve tried making a tutorial with inches but that was just too confusing for me, so I gave up. The best I can do is just suggesting to use online converter to change them. That is the way I usually do when facing pattern/tutorial that use inches. I’m sorry….

  • kaka

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made this over the weekend and I was very happy with the results. I modified it slightly as I wanted to fit two passports inside and use it as a travel wallet.