Easy Fold over Wallet Pattern & Sewing Tutorial

diy wallet sewing pattern

This is a sewing pattern to make a 7 inch by 4 inch fold over wallet with 2 zippered pockets, card slots and a snap fastener. It can be made of any thick fabric including vinyl, leather, or any fabric suitable for bag making

How to sew this simple wallet


Step 1 Cut the pattern pieces.

You need to cut the following pieces from the main fabric –

  • One 8″ by 4 1/2″ piece for pocket;
  • 8″ by 4 1/4″ piece and 8″ by 5 1/4″ piece for outer layer of the wallet;
  • 8″ by 7″ piece and 8″ by 2 1/2″ piece for inner layer of the wallet.
wallet sewing pattern - cut out all the pattern pieces 5 of them from your material

You also need 2 zippers and one magnetic snap ( if snaps are not available use Velcro).

Take 2 zippers and a magnetic snap

Cut two lining pieces – 10″ by 8″.

You may want to interface all the fabric pieces or just the lining or none at all.

INterface the lining pieces 10 inches by 8 inches - 2 pieces

Step 2 Join the outer pieces

Stitch the two inner layer pieces together with the zipper in between.

Join the zipper between the two fabric pieces

Keep the fabric piece right side up and keep the zipper rightsize down along the top edge.

Keep zipper face down on the bigger piece

Stitch the zipper edge on the fabric with a zipper foot on your sewing machine – with a zipper foot you can then sew very close to the zipper teeth – don’t be lazy to change the foot.

sew the zipper in place

When the joining is done, turn it right side up and top stitch along the edge.

bring the zipper up

Now as the next step to joining the other piece, Keep the other piece right side down on the zipper edge of the first piece.

Keep the smaller piece on top and sew to the zipper
Keep the smaller piece on top and sew to the zipper

Stitch in place and then flip rightside up and then top stitch along the zipper teeth, as you did earlier.

The zipper is sewn in between the two pieces

Step 3 Join the outer layer pieces.

You should join the outer pieces same way as you did earlier for the inner pieces.

wallet sewing tutorial

 

sewing a wallet

Using a hand sewing needle and thread ( in a contrasting colour) close the zipper teeth together at the edge with basting stitches. You do not want the zipper coming open

Step 4 Prepare and stitch the pockets.

Take the 8″ by 4 1/2″ piece and turn under and stitch one long edge.

Turn the long edge of the piece to the inside
Pocket piece – finish the top edge

Keep this on the bottom of the front layer piece.

Keep the pocket piece on the bottom edge of the other piece

Top stitch along the middle of the pocket piece joining the pocket to the front layer piece.

Top stitch the pocket piece by the middle

Step 5 Attach the fastening

Attach a magnetic snap
The projecting part of the snap fastener on the top edge and the other part on the bottom edge

You have to attach the fasteners on the inner layer piece of your wallet. You can either use magnetic snap fasteners or velcro. If using magnetic snap fasteners do not forget to interface the area to prevent the fabric coming apart.

Attach the projecting part of the snap fastener on the top edge ( 1 1/4 inch down from top edge) and the other part of the snap fastener on the bottom edge of the inner layer piece ( 1 1/4 inch up from the bottom edge).

Step 6 Join everything.

Keep the inner layer piece together with the two lining pieces. If you are using interfacing for the lining keep them to the inside.

Now onwards treat these layers as one.

 

Sew all of these together

Keep the front layer piece right side down on the inner layer piece (rightside up).

Keep the outer and innder right side to the inside and keep the lining as the last layer
Keep the outer and innder right side to the inside and keep the lining as the last layer

Sew along the outer edge, joining all the fabric pieces together. Before you sew, keep the zipper open (otherwise you would not be able to turn the wallet right side out)

sew all the edges
Keep the zipper open; Sew all the edges of the pieces together

Trim the seam allowance – especially the corners. You have to be really aggressive in this step for neat sharp corners. 

Step 7 Turn the wallet right side out through the zipper opening.

The Outer side of the wallet.

The inner side of the wallet.

sewing a wallet with magnetic snaps and 2 zippered opening

The wallet when folded by the middle.

Fold the wallet

The wallet after the front is top stitched (though imperfectly, it is finally done).

wallet sewing pattern

 

Updated on October 18, 2022 by Sarina Tariq

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10 thoughts on “Easy Fold over Wallet Pattern & Sewing Tutorial”

  1. Cork fabric is so popular now, sustainable, easy to sew, available in lovely prints. I will try this as my first cork project. I also really like the idea of reusing older used leather. I have machine-embroidered and sewn (with teflon foot as you suggest) on vinyl very similar to leather with great success. Thank you so much for your constant supply of projects and wisdom.

  2. Thank you for this tutorial. It looks like a good first sewing project. I think if I can do the zippers, then I can do it! And what a great use for old leather items with rips or stains or just out of fashion. I see them at thrift stores and wonder what I could do with that! And just in time for Christmas!

  3. Hi Gail
    The lining fabric is simply stacked along with the wallet fabric piece as shown in the picture /instructions – no separate sewing as such . When you turn the wallet inside out through the open zipper it forms the lining automatically.

  4. Hi Joy
    This project uses vinyl and as you must know vinyl (and faux leather) is ok to sew with home sewing machine -especially if you use a teflon presser feet. If using leather to sew you will need to buy leather sewing needle and at least a teflon presser feet or at best walking feet and use thicker thread than you normally use.

  5. Hi Voss
    Yes, You can add some fabric flowers or some such decorations on the front and gift them in different looks to others. Nice idea. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  6. Thank you for this tutorial. It looks like a good first sewing project. I think if I can do the zippers, then I can do it! And what a great use for old leather items with rips or stains or just out of fashion. I see them at thrift stores and wonder what I could do with that! And just in time for Christmas!

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