Tutorial Tuesday: Laminated Kids Wallet

I’m so excited to share with you my first “tutorial tuesday”.   I am going to try my best to give you a new tutorial each week… Just because I’ve started my little shop does not mean that there will still not be  ideas here on my blog!  I’m sure I’ll miss a week or two here or there, but I’m going to try my hardest to get them for you each week.
I will be doing tutorials for all kinds of things sewing, scrapbooking, crafts, mini books, home decor etc. I will list the products I used for each item with measurements, details and tips… *note: if your a company with a product that you would like me to feature in a tutorial,  contact me I’d be glad to work with you. If I am ever asked by a company to feature a specific project, I’ll be sure to tell you upfornt in the tutorial.*
So for today’s tutorial…. Laminated Kids Wallet
My son got some money for Valentine’s day from his very sweet Grandma. He promptly put it on his dresser.  We  operate on the “bank of Mom” at our house.. we have a “ledger” listing the money that the kids earn and spend… Mom usually does the spending, then it gets subtracted from the list … they only have cash when we “cash out” for things like tithing, movies with friends, special shopping trips,  etc… I know others have different systems, but after 14 years, this is what works for us.
Anyway, my point is… Andrew does not usually have much cash on him.  So when I saw the $ sitting on the dresser I knew it was going to get lost.   I decided that he needed a wallet.. I was worried about a little one that fit in his pocket (it would get washed or lost) so I decided to make him a checkbook sized one.
He had fun picking out the fabric …
I was very excited with how it turned out… until my husband told me it looked like a girls wallet… I was a bit crushed… but the next morning Andrew woke up and saw it and LOVED it! I still think it makes a good wallet for a boy… we will just have to disagree 🙂
Okay to begin:
You will need:
-Heat N Bond Iron on Vinyl. You buy it in a package on a roll. I got mine at Joann’s… it was hanging on the wall by the other interfacings (like wonder under)
– scraps of fabric
-package of 1/2″ double fold bias tape & matching thread
– 7″ zipper
-magnetic snap
Step 1:
Cut from your fabric
2 pieces 8″x8″
1 piece 3″ x 8″
1 piece 2″ x 8″
1 piece 1.5″ x 8″
Cut the same pieces from your iron on vinyl.
Peel the vinyl off the sheet and place sticky side down onto the right side of the fabric. Lay the protective sheet over the vinyl and press.  *tip: If you ever use a big piece of vinyl, save the protective layer.. it’s much easier to iron if you have a big sheet to lay over it*
Do this will all your fabric pieces.
Take the 1.5″ x 8″ piece of fabric and pin right side down to one side of the zipper (right side of the zipper is up).  Sew.
Place the 2″ x 8″ piece of fabric on the other side of the zipper (also right side to right side) and sew. You will have to move the zipper pull as you sew to get “around” it…
Turn to the right side and using a protective sheet press.  (you never want ANY part of your iron to touch the laminated surface of the fabric).

Cut 2 pieces of bias tape 8″ long.  Place over one side of the 3″ x 8″ fabric and the 1.5″ x 8″ piece of fabric. Sew, using same color thread.

Lay your zipper piece and your pocket piece on top of one of your 8×8 pieces.  You want the right side of the 8×8 piece to face the wrong side of your zipper/pocket pieces.
Sew around all 4 sides, close to the edge (so that the stitching will not show after you apply your bias tape).
On the section with the zipper. Also stitch across the top of the bias tape to make an enclosed space for your coins.
Place your other 8×8 piece of fabric behind the piece you just sewed.  Wrongs sides together. Pin well
Place bias tape around the edge.  Stitch in place. When you get 1/4″ away from a corner, stop sewing and cut your thread.
At the corner fold over your bias tape to make a neat corner. Pin in place. Continue sewing down next side. Repeat for other corners.  When you get to the end, cut your bias tape and fold under 1/4″.  Sew down.
Attach magnetic snaps to the inside of the wallet. Make sure you ONLY go though the top layer of fabric!  Attach according to the directions on the package.
You are done!

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  1. Very cute—and it’s “boyish”! Don’t worry-my husband tells me anything that isn’t camaflage is “girly” looking! Men! Lol. Blessings, Sharon

  2. My son has a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse wallet he doesn’t use anymore because it’s for “babies”! LOL! This will be a perfect project to remedy “lost” money. I love the idea having your son pick out the fabric. Awesome!

  3. This is so cute. I just did a post about oilcloth. I love the bright colors! Thanks for the inspiration.


  4. Why do men always have to say the wrong thing? Sometimes I think they are just jealous because we thought of it first!!!

    Great tutorial which will make my son very happy some day soon.

    Thank you so very much!

  5. I just had a question. When attaching the pieces to the zipper do you sell them wrong side to right side and then fold it over? I’m just having a little trouble with this step if you could please just give me a little more information. I’m a first time sewer and I’m really excited about this project

  6. Wait isn’t there an episode of The Simpsons when Homer gets his old concert jacket out when he’s taking Bart and Milhouse to the Spinal Tap concert and he finds a can of Billy Beer in the inside pocket?

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