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Letter Wallet Tutorial and Pattern

As promised, here is the Love Letter Wallet Pattern!

This is my first attempt at creating my own pattern so bear with me and please DO let me know if you find a mistake or perhaps something missing.

Being an Aussie I work in centimetres, but I’ve included inch measurements as well.

Panels.

I’ve used a medium weight fusible interfacing. For each panel, cut interfacing to the same size and iron to the panel.

Front in White  5.5″ x 8.25″ / 14cm x 21cm

Outer in Black:            12.5” x 8.25” / 32cm x 21cm

Inner in white:  18” x 8.25” / 45cm x 21cm

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Pockets

I lined each of my pockets with a plain white fabric. For each pocket, cut white fabric to the same size.

Pocket 1, Red: 4.5” x 4.75” / 11cm x 12cm

Pocket 2, Black:        3” x 3.5” / 8cm x 9cm

Pocket 3, Black:        5.5” x 5.5” / 14cm x 14cm

Pocket 4, White:         3.5” x 3.5” / 8.5cm x 8.5cm

Pocket 5, Red:            6.25” x 5” / 16cm x 12cm

One piece of white and one piece of batting 3” x 3” / 7cm x 7cm

Two little red love hearts

Several small scrap pieces in white.

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Now that we have all our pieces cut out, lets begin!

I used a free motion foot to create the words and the little girl. I find the letters flow better if you do it out of the free hand but if you’re not confident you can write it on baking paper and stitch over the top, just remove the baking paper gently.

In my test Wallet, the black cotton could be seen through the white panel, so I used a grey in my bobbin just to lighten the effect slightly. I also used several small pieces of scrap material on the back side of the lettering.

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So…do your lettering on your front white panel and then ‘draw’ the little girl.

Take the small 3” piece of white and batting and draw another little girl. I used batting on this piece because I liked the extra dimension but it’s not necessary.

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‘Draw’ the love heart into the girls dress.

Applique one of the red love hearts into the middle of the panel.

Applique the other love heart onto Pocket #4 (White 3.5” x 3.5” / 8.5cm x 8.5cm).

Applique the little batting girl onto the middle of Pocket #5 (Red: 6.25” x 5” / 16cm x 12cm).

We can put these pieces aside and start working on the pockets.

We’ll work on our curved pocket first. Take Pocket #5 (6.25” x 5” / 16cm x 12cm). I used a plate to get a rounded edge. Line your plate against the top edge and the right side edge and mark the curve. Cut your curve and repeat with the piece of lining.

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Line your two pieces up, right side together and sew along the curved edge only. Turn it right side out. Press and top stich.

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Now the rest of the pockets!

Take your first pocket and place it, right sides together with its corresponding lining. Using a quarter inch seam sew them together leaving a few inches to turn it right side out. Turn and press.

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Top stich, but only along the edge where the opening is. This will become the top side of your pocket, so I like to double stitch for a more finished look.  You will be creating another top stich when you attach the pockets so it is unnecessary to top stitch the whole pocket.

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Repeat with all your pockets.

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We are now going to sew the smaller pockets onto the bigger ones.

Position Pocket #4 to the lower edge in the middle of Pocket #3 and sew along the three edges.

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Repeat with pocket pockets #1 and #2.

We are now going to attach our pockets to the large white inner panel.

Positioning the pockets is important to get the right folds in your wallet. I calculated the position of my pockets on the assumption that an address book and pen would live in the rounded pocket on the right hand side.

Sew….I pinned my rounded pocket right to the very edge of my panel and sewed it very close to the edge to secure it in place.

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I measured 5cm (2”) from the edge of my rounded pocket and sewed my large pocket in place. I then measured 4cm (1.5”) from the edge of that pocket and sewed the last one in place. Both pockets are 3cm (1.25”) from the bottom raw edge of the panel.

We are still working with just the inside panel, but sadly I didn’t take a photo at this point so here is a (somewhat crooked) photo of the completed wallet showing the measurements.

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At this point we need to consider how we are going to close the wallet. Given there are pockets involved it didn’t make sense to use buttons. Besides, they can be quite fiddley. I wanted something that was quick and simple to use while securing all that lovely stationary in place so I opted for a piece of elastic.

You can see in the top picture I positioned my elastic to sit right next to that last pocket. This allows for the seam without having the elastic sitting in the way of the pocket. I measured 23cm (9”) of un-stretched elastic and pinned it parallel to my pocket. I folded the ends over the back of the panel and put a few stiches right next to the raw edge.

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We’re on the home stretch now!

Take your white front panel and lay it, right sides together with the outer black panel along the 21cm edge, making sure that when you open it out the white panel is on the left hand side. Sew with a quarter inch seam.

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Then lay the inside panel against your outer panel, right sides together, making sure that when you turn it, your rounded pocket is on the left and your pockets are all the right side up J

Pin and sew!

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Turn and press.

Top stitch the whole way around, being careful not to sew over your elastic.

I sewed a few lines down the centre of each of the fold points to create a sort of book ‘spine’.

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And there she is! Fill her up with your favourite stationary and get writing!

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