Several friends of mine wanted to learn to make these linen wallets, but since I’ve never taken notes while making things, I had forgotten how to make them. Duh! So I made another wallet to remind myself back, taking proper notes this time. This one is pretty much the same as my previous wallet, the same fabric with velcro closure on the tab.
Linen wallet

Once I had a decent note, I made two more wallets with more variations. I sewed a piece of cotton lace on the green one and change the closure to thin fabric tubes with elastic inside and a vintage button. The wallet with colourful houses also use vintage button and elastics (without fabric casing), and the topstitchings are intentionally wonky. I was inspired by the wonky drawings of the houses.
Green and cotton lace wallet

Wonky houses wallet

While I was at it, I also made a little wallet for my Suica (transportation fare card) and all my point cards. Almost every store here has some sort of point cards that gives you discount or bonus. In time, I’ve managed to acquire quite a bunch of them, crammed into my poor wallet. Now they have their own case, made from IKEA fabric and closed with elastic and a red vintage button. The red button is so pretty!
Mini wallet

Yeah, now I have 3 more wallets and one small wallet. But anyway, I considered myself pretty succeeded in teaching. My friends were afraid of sewing zipper and they thought these wallets were difficult. After the sewing session, each of them have their own handmade wallet, and one is crazily sewing zipper on everything she makes now!

So I’m thinking of turning my notes into a proper tutorial for this blog. Coming soon.

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  • All the wallets are really cute! Especially with the Eiffel tower and pink colour. But do you have any tutorial on how to add clear plastic wallet? Thanks for the tutorial. It really helps.. & I love purple too;-)

  • The Wabbit

    Love the wallet ! Thanks for the tutorial, I think I'm gonna try to sew one fo my mum :3

  • verypurpleperson

    I love the fabrics and colour choices, Lori!
    Thank you so much for sharing ^.^

  • lori

    great tutorial and instruction. here is my attempt

  • Salihan

    I love your wallets and I'm really looking forward to the tutorials. I've downloaded the Mini Wallet from Sew Mama Sew and have also subscibed to your blog. Coincidentally, I recently sewed a wallet using the same Ikea fabric. Here's the link to my blog post: http://salihan.com/2009/a-haunted-ikea-handmade-wallet/me@salihan.com

  • Kaith Ladios

    Thank you for being generous and sharing your knowledge with us! I love your work and the wallet tutorial you made is just wonderful, I look forward to following your blog via bloglovin!

  • CheRio

    OH PLEASE pls… Would love your tutorial to bits. Can't wait to see & learn from it.

    Kudos to you !!!

  • inoriz

    Yes, tutorial pretty please!

  • Elisabeth

    please do the tutorial.
    i so admire your ingenuity and creativity.

  • pixelhazard

    oH those wallets are so lovely! I'd love to see a tutorial too

  • Andrea

    I would love to see a tutorial as well. As someone who is getting back into sewing I am finding your blog very inspirational. You are very clever!!

  • Sunnymommie

    Yea, I agree with all gals! cant wait for your tutorial! 🙂

  • mamafox

    Oh, now those are lovely. I would love to give it a try. These would make wonderful holiday gifts. Please share a tutorial.

  • Alex

    These are wonderful! Your fabrics are always so colourful and cute!
    I would love to see a tutorial!

  • Willozza

    I love the small one that you made to put all your cards in. I have accumulated so many cards like "Buy 9 coffees, get 1 free" that I don't have any room in my wallet anymore. I'm looking forward to your tutorial.

  • Ida Nielsen

    These are so pretty!!! Can't wait for your tutorial!!!

  • Con pájaros en mi cabeza

    Yeah!!! share with us your tutorial…those wallets are so pretty!!!

  • vivatveritas

    i love them! i like the green one with a lace the best. so adorable. i would love to see the tutorial and make myself one!

  • verypurpleperson

    Glad that you like them, Cristina ^.^
    Yes, it's going to be a free tutorial. I hope I can make a clear tutorial!

  • Cristina

    Oh. Love the one with the felcro pink!! Love the colorfull one, love the little small one, oh my, they are so cute!
    Is it going to be a free tutorial????
    Thank you