I’m not a big coupon cutter, but I do like to use the discounts at Joann and Ralphs, the two stores at which I spent the most money, it seems. They mail me coupons which I stuff in an envelope in my handbag. But with all the other crap in there, the envelope gets torn and ratty pretty fast. So I decided to make myself a little wallet/clutch thingy, divided into two sections, for stowing these useful bits of paper.
Want to make one too? Here’s how.
You’ll need …
For the outside and lining: 2 pieces 12-1/2″ x 9″
For the divider: 1 piece 8″ x 8-1/2″
For the accordion folds: 2 pieces 8-1/2″ x 3″
You’ll also need:
Very heavy duty fusible interfacing: 1 piece 8″ x 4″ and 1 piece 12″ x 8-1/2″
About 40″ bias binding
1/4″ seams are used throughout.
Fold the divider piece in half so it measures 8″ x 4-1/4″. Using the fold line as a guide, fuse your smaller piece of interfacing to one half, butting up against the fold.
Fold the fabric right sides together, and stitch the long edge with a 1/4″ seam, right at the edge of the interfacing.
Turn right side out and press well.
Center the larger piece of interfacing on your outside piece of fabric. Fuse. Place right sides together with the lining, and stitch along one short edge.
Turn right sides out, and press well.
Take one of your accordion pieces, and fold right sides together so it measures 4-1/4″ x 3″. Stitch along short edge. Turn right sides out, and press well.
Fold in half lengthwise so it measures 4″ x 1-1/2″. Press well. Repeat with remaining accordion piece
Sandwich one end of the divider into the fold of one accordion piece.
Stitch 1/4″ from edge. Repeat at other end of divider with remaining accordion piece.
Place the outer piece with lining side up. Place the divider on top, lining up one of the loose accordion flaps with the side edge, right at the folded edge of the outer piece.
Zig zag to secure.
Measure one inch from edge of divider, and make a mark on the lining at side edge. The bottom of the other flap of this accordion piece will line up with this mark.
Line up the edges of the lining and flap as shown. Pin, then zig zag to secure. Repeat with the other side of the divider, attaching the flaps to the edge of the outer piece.
With the outside facing up, check to see if your outer fabric and lining fabric still align. If not, trim back the lining to match the outer.
Using a suitable round object (I used my lens cap), trace curves onto the corners of the flap, then cut them.
Zig zag around this edge to keep the layers together.
Starting at the front edge on the accordion side, attach the bias binding. Allow the binding to extend past the edge by 1/2″. Stitch slowly; getting round the bottom curves is tricky. When you get to the end on the other edge of the front, cut the binding about 1/2″ longer than your sewn seam.
Fold the binding to the outside; press.
Slip stitch the binding to the outside of the wallet, tucking in the start and finish ends as you go. If you want to attempt this step on the machine, go for it. I just knew I’d get a nicer finish if I hand stitched it.
Attach one or two snap fasteners, sewing only through the top layer of fabric and interfacing.