Friday, 7 June 2013

Camper Van Wallet

If you've been on my Facebook page over the last few days, you will have seen sneak peeks of this fabric, and my excitement at having sewn my first zip! So, now to share all...

I seriously LOVE this wallet, and I am so proud of myself!

The basic tutorial is here at All Wrapped Up, however I also followed Colour Me Domestic's modifications. These modifications included the extra flap with button closure, and extra fabric inside the zip pocket. I also made a couple of modifications myself - there are actually two buttons layered up on the closure, to help the elastic slip behind (although I'm not convinced it was necessary!), and I sewed it up leaving the pointed flap til last, and I really like this look.

I love that it has 12 sections for cards (which can each hold between 1 and 3 cards), a zip pocket for change, and 2 open sections which I can even fit my medications and my phone in, meaning it can be used as a mini bag as well as my wallet!

There was only one bit where I got super confused, and that was trying to assemble the card slots with the inner and outer fabrics... I ended up with it looking like the picture below: extra flap on the right (at about 10-12cm, I think), card slots with excess stitched down (at the same depth as the others), a gap allowing room for the wallet to bulge, and the the other card section placed with the excess fabric over the edge, again at the same depth as the other slots. The three sides I stitched up are (looking at below picture again) top, left and bottom, leaving the extra flap til last, and meaning there isn't an row of stitching on the left hand card slot at the bottom. I also did each seam with pins, then tacking, and then on the sewing machine, for a neater finish.

I managed to complete this in a week or so, which is really great for me, bearing in mind I can only do small amounts each day! But I really, really enjoyed the process, and I love using it. If you're loving this fabric as much as me, it's available on eBay here.


  1. A fabulous wallet with a place for everything. Love the fabric. I've featured your project today... Threading Your Way ~ Features

  2. Hi! I saw your wallet on Threading My Way and pinned it - you can never have enough of these and they make great gifts. I <3 your fabric!!! :)

  3. That's a really lovely and incredibly useful wallet :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  4. That fabric is just too cute! Great wallet!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Great wallet Helen - love your fabric choices and combinations. Lots of technical details and intricate manoeuvres - well executed to your usual high standard!
    Hope you continue to use it with pride!
    Ali x

  6. Awesome wallet! Love the fabric.

  7. Well done! It looks great. Quite a complex purse, but oh so useful.
    And of course I adore the fabric : )

    1. Thank you! Definitely a bit complex, but worth it :)
      Helen x

  8. Super cute wallet! Gorgeous fabric!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  9. Can't believe it's taken me so long to stumble upon this gorgeous version of the patchwork-y bifold wallet, well trifold wallet now. I'm very jealous of your stunning colour and fabric combinations. I've linked you to a page of reader versions here

    Happy Crafting,


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