My favorite thing that I've (recently) made.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of my favorite things I've recently made (not counting Liam, of course) is this wallet.
I sewed it using the Oliver + S Have It All Wallet Sewing Pattern and I can't say enough about how perfect this design is. It's plenty big to hold all the cards, coins, and receipts I gather during errands, but not too bulky. The exterior fabric is a black papyrus slub linen from Joann's. The interior fabric is Anna Maria Horner's Coordinates in Saffron. I had both fabrics in my stash, left over from other projects.

It's one of the few things I've sewn for myself that I actually use every day. I'm sure you understand, but I'm always a little critical of my own work - so it's hard to carry something that I made when I see some tiny little flaw. But for this, I made a cup of tea, took my time, chose fabrics I love, and have gotten so much use out of it already.

I'd say the pattern is good for a confident beginner or intermediate seamstress who will take the time to read it through. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is just able to thread a machine and sew a straight line. It requires putting a zipper in, but is very detailed and well explained. Also, in making a fabric wallet, I would definitely suggest a darker color on the outside as it's bound to gather dirt over time. You could also Scotchgard it, but I think a darker color is a better option.

Ok, your turn! I'd love to see something you've made that you use and love. This is the first time I've used a link up widget, so bear with me. If you'll link up to a specific blog post that you've written to show something you've made, I'd love to see! And it definitely doesn't have to be sewing-related.


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PS - I so wish I could make these for my shop, but alas, the Oliver + S license agreements make it pretty expensive to sell any items made from their patterns. I hope to have wallets in the shop someday!

11 comments:

  1. CUTE fabric picks! Did the pattern use specific interfacings?

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  2. If I remember, it did call for interfacings, but I just scrounged around and used what I had and it worked great!

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  3. What a great idea! I would buy this one if it was for sale.

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  4. Your first sentence. The best. :)

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  5. Absolutely love your wallet! Your selection of colors and matching them is brilliant! I' like to learn sewing, but I don't have a sewing machine yet.
    I've linked my crochet drawstring bag which I use for storing little things like hair clips, bracelets and so on :)

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  6. Love this!!! So cute and looks fairly easy to put together!!!

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  7. I've been wanting to try out this wallet pattern! It's nice to hear that it's not outrageously hard. ;) I love the colors you went with! And I saw those floral stamps peeking out of the wallet pocket - don't you adore those? I bought a pack and don't even want to use them. I just want to keep them forever and ever! I linked up an iPad case I made for myself. It DEFINITELY isn't perfect, but it makes me smile.

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  8. Love this! Can't wait to see more in your shop after your move!

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  9. Will you be doing this link-up every week and if you are, is there a button to go with it?

    www.thepreppylittlepolkadot.blogspot.com

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    1. I hadn't even thought of it but I love that idea! If I do, I'll be sure to add a button and let everyone know.

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