SMALL WALLET MADE FROM OLY*FUN Tutorial by SanjBDesigns

small wallet

Hi All!

small wallet

This is my wallet tutorial using Oly*fun and a secondary fabric. I tend to use cork as a liner when sewing these. This pattern is one of my favorite makes. It’s a bit addictive because I can whip one up quickly and it always comes out looking so nice and chic. I sell a similar style which I made for myself and I seriously use it every single day.

Have fun!

MATERIAL and TOOLS:

  • Oly*fun
  • Cork fabric
  • Soft fusible interfacing (Pellon 987F or similar)
  • Polyester thread (I like to use Coats & Clark Dual Duty)
  • Snap closure with setting tools
  • Measuring tool
  • Ironing cloth (I use an old cotton pillowcase)
  • Hand needle

RECOMMENDED TOOLS (Optional):

  • 1 ¾” (outside diameter) flat washer – for marking curved corners
  • Centering ruler – for marking snap position
  • Small cutting mat – for protection when punching holes
  • Pinking shears – for clipping corners
  • Seam creaser for forming curved edges

TEMPLATES

  • Outer and inner panels (Oly*fun and cork), 7.5” x 11”
  • Interfacing, 7” x 10”

INSTRUCTIONS

PREP:

1. Cut out material for the outer panel, inner panel, and interfacing.

On the “wrong side” of one piece of fabric (it doesn’t matter which), mark an opening approximately 4” wide (or large enough for your hand to fit in) as shown in the photo below. This opening will be needed when pulling your material right side out.

Draw lines for the seam allowances on this same piece of fabric as a guide to help prevent errors. This also helps if it is hard for you to sew curved edges. You can just sew directly on the lines you have drawn.

  • Bottom seam allowance – ½”
  • Sides and top seam allowances – ¼”

Clip together the inner and outer material with “right sides” facing.

 

SEW / TRIM / TURN RIGHT-SIDE OUT:

2. Sew one continuous seam. Begin at the bottom left side opening you marked in the previous step. Remember, the bottom will not be completely sewn yet. Be sure to backstitch a couple of times so the seam does not unravel when you pull the material through the opening.

Trim corner edges and cut divots (I like to use pinking shears) as shown in photo below being very careful not to cut into your seams. These divots will take the bulkiness away from your corners when the material is turned right side out.

Fuse interfacing to the Oly*fun fabric (adhesive side facing down) using an iron and ironing cloth.

*Caution must be taken and ironing cloth must be used when applying heat to Oly*fun as it can melt*

Tip:

When fusing the interfacing, firmly press (do not rub) the iron, holding for about 5 seconds until all sections have been covered and fused well.

Carefully pull material through the 4″ opening to bring the “right sides” facing outward. Gently use your fingers or the rounded side of a seam creaser to help form the curved shape at the four corners.

ADD HOLES FOR SNAPS:

3. Fold sewn panels as shown. The amount of inner lining seen should be approximately 2 ¼” above the edge as shown. This section will become your flap.

Find the center of the panel and mark approximately 1/2” down from the top edge.

Punch hole where marked.

Fold your flap over as shown. Be sure it is not pulled too tight. Using the hole you just punched and a marker or pen, mark through the hole onto the fabric where the mating snap will end up at. Open up the panels, lay flat, and punch out your second hole

ADD TOP STITCHING:

4. Clip all around the edges of the material to ensure material is even before the topstitching is added. Check front and back. Smooth and adjust material and clips as needed.

Topstitch one continuous seam using an 1/8″ seam allowance. Tie off and hide the loose thread ends.

Iron using an ironing cloth.

*Caution must be taken and ironing cloth must be used when applying heat to Oly*fun as it can melt*

Top edge INSTALL SNAP FASTENERS:

5. Install snaps in holes previously created at step 3. The setting tools shown normally come with the snaps.

Note: The measuring tool and clips in the picture are not needed for these steps.

HAND STITCH SIDE EDGES:

6. Secure the snap and clip the side edges in place to ensure correct placement of your panels.

Hand stitch edges (inner lining only) on both sides using a hand needle and thread. Whatever stitch you feel most comfortable with will do, as long as there are no gaps for items to fall through.

Tie off, then hide the excess thread within the two layers of material.

Note: I prefer to hand stitch the side edges rather than machine them. I feel it gives a nice, personal vibe to the wallet.

Enjoy your new wallet!

Have fun mixing it up and making it your own

Change up the hardware, use contrasting thread, add an inner pocket,

add a wrist strap, make it larger or smaller…the possibilities go on and on!

~ SanjBDesigns

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