Do It Yourself: Leather Wallet

Hey Everyone! This DIY is a little complicated and does have a lot of steps but it turned out exactly as I hoped it would. This is a simple leather wallet, that can be used when you're travelling and want to carry light or you're going to the beach or even for everyday use. I have a little bit too many membership cards myself to make this everyday use, but it's definitely possible. It can also be a men's or women's wallet, with a simple fabric change the possibilities are endless! Now let's get started.

What you will need:
• Leather of your choice
• Fabric of your choice (pockets)
• Interfacing (optional)
• Thread to match your fabrics
• Fabric Scissors and Rotary
• Fasteners (with guide)
• Fabric Tape Measure
• Sewing Machine
• Hem Guide (optional)
• Iron and Ironing Board

1. Start by measuring out your pattern. You can either print out this pattern I created HERE. Or you can simply use the measurements and draw out your own. If you would like to make it completely custom you can change any measurements you desire. The pattern is made on 11x17 (tabloid)  paper so you will need to print it off on that size of paper.

Back: 11" x 5 ½" (you will have a fold line 3" in with a ½" for the hem)
Front: 8" x 5 ½"
Pocket Base: 4 ½" x 5"
Pockets: 3" x 5"

**measurements include hem additions

2. Cut out your pattern so you have all the pieces ready to go so you can begin to piece them together.

3. If you would like to make one pocket thicker as I did with the bottom pocket simply iron on interfacing to your bottom pocket piece. Leave ¼" for the hem uncovered by the interfacing. This makes it easier to have a clean and non-bulky hem.

4. Hem all your pockets (¼") and pin. To help the hem stay in place iron the fabric. This will make sewing your hem a breeze.

5. Hem all your pockets so they're all even. Do not sew the sides yet. This will be done when we attach the piece to the leather backing.

6. Hem your pocket base just as you hemmed the pockets. The base is also going to act as a pocket when completed.

7. Sew the bottoms of each pocket to the base. Start with the top pocket and work down, doing one pocket at a time. Leave about ½" showing of each pocket top. This will allow your cards to sit nicely and to slightly show through so you can use them with ease.

8. Set your pockets aside for now, and grab your leather back. Pin the leather about ¼" down. Leather is not easy to pin or to iron. So be careful and make sure your iron is set to an appropriate setting. I also recommend putting a piece of fabric or brown paper in between and do not hold the iron on long. You don't want to burn or melt anything.

9. Attach your fasteners to the back and front piece of fabric. Making sure they line up and are centred. I placed mine about an inch from the bottom, but position is completely up to you.

Quick Tip: How to attach a fastener

• Your guide will have labeled slots on it and your fasteners should be labeled on the package.
• For me part "A" is the sharp end that goes on the back of the fabric. Insert this end into the "A" slot on your guide.
• Take part "D or C" which depending on which end you are doing will either be the male or female end of the fastener. And insert that into the opposite end.
• Make sure part "A" is on the wrong side of your fabric and sandwich the fabric in between and hammer the fastener together,

Make sure when doing the top fastener "male end" to do it before you sew the pieces together. This will make it so you can't see part "A" of the fastener.

10. Grab your pockets with base again and pin them to the front leather piece. Line up the bottom of the fabric with the bottom of the leather. Fold the edges of your pocket each about ¼" under and pin. This will make a clean edge. Don't bother doing this will the bottom of the fabric as it will be covered. Sew along the edges and bottom, leaving the top open.

11. Fold over the bottom piece to create the final pocket. Pin along the edges, joining the front and back together. Like before, use the iron to aid in the fold.

12. Sew along the edges to seal the seam together. Do this on both side. Always remember to back-stitch in the beginning and end of each line to ensure the thread won't come loose.

13. Finally sew the top of your wallet closed. You can create a hem here if you want, but with the unfinished edges I wanted it to be unfinished here too.

14. Cut off any loose edges to clean up your wallet and you're finished!

If you would like a little more guidance feel free to watch the video or ask me any questions and I'll be sure to answer them quickly.

Enjoy and thanks for reading!