My wallet is on its last legs. It's being held together by duct tape. I hate spending money to buy a wallet because then you have no money left to put in it. ;-) I think my wallet preferences are fairly common — I like it to be short (vs. the longer clutch styles), have an outside pocket for change so I don't have to open it up fully just to get or put a quarter, and I want plenty of interior pockets and slots for cards and receipts. So, with all of that in mind, I set out this weekend to make up my own. Of course, in USMC MARPAT (the cammie fabric) style.
I'm happy to report that I think I've hit on a final pattern. Unfortunately, the pics below are not it. I need to make it again with some changes. This one, I suppose, is my "muslin." Sheesh, can't get away from muslins even in crafty projects.I need to get Zen about muslins and just embrace them.
|That's a passport sticking out on the left side, to give you an idea of scale|
The main problem with this "muslin" is that the left side card pockets are too shallow and the cards can (and will) easily flop out. Not a good feature in a wallet. I also want to make some interfacing changes/additions.
I'm really ticked this is a muslin because I'm just about out of the prints I used on the interior and I like them. I have a lot of patriotic fat quarters from my UFO Stars & Stripes sampler quilt. I may use some of those for the next — and hopefully final — edition.
The "Semper Fi" name tape is just temporarily stuck to the outside. It's really a key ring, in case you were wondering what that metal ring is. Once I had decided this muslin wasn't going to work, I didn't bother making a custom name tape. But I will for the final.
Where the bills are sticking out above is where I'd actually put loose change. But loose change is harder to photograph "in action." I wonder how that magnetized snap will affect my credit/debit cards, but it looks so much nicer than Velcro.
I think actual sewing time is about an hour, but experimenting took 2 days. The first one was even worse than this one.
I'm also thinking of making this a pattern for sale. What do you think? And if I do, are there any volunteers for pattern/instruction testing?