wallet wristlet


This wristlet is destined to be the most useful handbag in your wardrobe! With its built-in wallet and petite size, you can carry everything you need while still looking chic. The wallet has seven pockets - one for cash and six for cards. The optional accent fabric and piping on the front give you lots of ways to personalize your wristlet. Leave off the strap if you'd rather have a clutch! Make it in denim or canvas for day, or something silky and shiny for evening!


The wristlet stands 5" tall and 8" wide, with a 2.75" wide gusseted bottom. It closes with a 7" zipper, and includes a flat wallet built into the lining, with six pockets for credit cards and one for cash. The wrist strap is 6" long and the piping and accent fabric on the front are optional.


Medium-weight denim, canvas, corduroy, duck cloth or upholstery fabric are perfect for the body ("self fabric"). Use lightweight wovens like quilting cotton for the lining, accent fabric, and piping, if you want to make your own. Commercially made piping of any weight works well, too. For an evening version, try medium weight silk or poly blend brocade or damask for the body, and a stiff but lightweight fabric like silk or poly blend dupioni for the lining.

Avoid fabrics that are sheer, stretchy, knit, drapey, slippery, heavyweight, or with pile like velvet or faux fur.


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.


  • 9 page PDF
  • step-by-step instructions with photographs
  • US imperial measurements
  • instructions for DIY decorative piping

Materials you need at home:

  • 1/4 yard of self fabric
  • 1/2 yard of lining fabric
  • 1 yard lightweight woven fusible interfacing
  • optional: scrap of accent fabric 9" x 4"
  • optional: 8" length of 5mm cord + fabric 9" x 2.5" for piping
  • 7" zipper
  • zipper foot for your machine
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Valerie Williams

I'm a sewer and crafter who has been making handbags and accessories under the label Holland Cox since 2004, and blogging about sewing and crafting for nearly as long! I love making things, and teaching others how to make!

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