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billfold style wallet - sewing pattern

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    • 8 page PDF
    • step-by-step instructions with photographs
    • US imperial measurements
    • suitable for beginners
    • suitable for unisex adults or teens

    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    the wallet

    This pattern is for a slim fabric wallet with seven pockets, one for cash and six for cards. View A is a billfold style, and view B has a button and elastic closure.

    This wallet is a great way to showcase different types of fabric, and use up leftovers from other projects. Try upcycling pants, jackets or neckties for the outside or the pockets of this wallet for a customized look!

    finished dimensions

    The wallet stands 3.5” tall, and is 4.25” wide closed and 10.5” wide open.

    skill level

    The wallet is an easy and fun project for new and experienced sewers! The pattern includes instructions for applying bias binding, which is a great skill to have and can be applied to many other projects.f

    suggested fabrics

    Use medium weight woven fabric like denim, canvas, or corduroy for the outside, and lightweight woven fabric like quilting cotton or necktie silk for the lining. Avoid fabrics that are heavyweight, sheer, stretchy, drapey, or with pile.


    Sewing patterns by Valerie Williams under the label Holland Cox, The Syndicate, or handmade classics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License, and are for personal use only.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • 1 fat quarter (18” x 22”) fabric for outside (e.g. denim, canvas, corduroy)
    • 1 fat quarter fabric for lining (e.g. quilting cotton)
    • 1 fat quarter medium weight fusible interfacing (like Pellon décor bond or craft fuse)
    • 10” length of double fold bias tape (regular or extra-wide)
    • 1/2” button for view B
    • 3.5” length of narrow elastic for view B (I like to cut up an elastic hair tie)
    • basic sewing supplies (including thread, pins, scissors, iron & ironing surface, and sewing machine)