Hello from America, Lacey!! Before Lacey took off for a new country, I wanted to give her something to keep her organized. It’s really important to keep all of your important documents at hand, so I thought it would be really useful to make her a custom wallet with a pocket for her passport and that would be big enough to hold boarding passes.
I headed to one of my favorite fabric stores in Portland, Cool Cottons on Hawthorne and poured over all of the adorable fabrics for like 20 minutes before making my decision.
For this project, you need 2 fat quarters of fabric, one for the outside and one for the lining. You will also need about 1/4 yard of extra heavy fusible interfacing and some sew-on velcro.
You can create a pattern with 2 sheets of printer paper. The first piece will be the outside structure of your wallet. You want to cut the second piece to create the pockets and the sides of your wallet.
Divide the first piece of paper into 3 sections, from top to bottom: 2 inches, 3 inches, and 3 inches. Cut just the two 3 inch sections out of the interfacing. Trace the full sheet of paper with 1/4 inch seam allowance around both the lining and the outside fabric.
Next, cut the piece of paper at 2 inches tall and one inch tall. Cut 4 pieces of your outside fabric using the 2 inch piece with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Cut 4 pieces of your lining fabric using the 1 inch piece with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Now create an equilateral triangle that is 2 inches and cut 2 pieces of both the lining and outside fabric with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Fold the top of each pocket piece and your triangles over 1/4 inch and press. Place your pocket pieces together, wrong sides facing, and pin the tops. Sew as close to the top as possible. Face the wrong side of your lining fabric to the wrong side of your outside fabric with the triangles and do the same.
Now, you want to create your pockets. Place your small pocket on top of your big pocket along with anything you would like to fit within the pockets and pin where you need the seam to go. Sew from the hem of your small pocket to the bottom.
Measure 3 inches from the end of your lining fabric and mark a faint line with a pencil. Place the bottom of each pocket about 1/8 inch from the line and pin in place. Sew along the bottom of each pocket.
Now, take 7 1/2 inches of velcro and sew one side about 1/2 inch from the end that doesn’t have the pockets and 2 1/2 inches from the end of your outside fabric.
Press all sides of your remaining pieces. Now it’s time to fuse the interfacing to your fabric. Sandwich the interfacing between your 2 large pieces so that it is supporting your pocket pieces. Make sure the Velcro on your outside piece is on the same side as your pockets. Pin into place.
Pin your triangles in between your lining fabric and interfacing as shown above. Press everything according to your interfacing instructions.
Fold the wallet up where the interfacing breaks and pin the other side of the triangle to the inside of the other side of the wallet. Flip inside out to sew.
Press the triangles in half so the easily fold in when you close the wallet and the fold of the to flap.
Keep your travel wallet within easy reach for less stress at the airport!