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celebrate the boy tutorial: basic boys wallet

I first want to say thank you to Dana and Rae for hosting such an awesome event.  If you haven’t been indulging in all the fun already, go check out both of their blogs for lots of great inspiration.  There has already been so many great ideas!

Today I’m sharing a basic boys wallet tutorial because…
every boy
needs a place
to keep his stuff!

So I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘What? She has two girls, how’d she get in the mix?!’  Well, I pretty much slipped Dana a twenty and told her I just had to join in on the fun.  But really, I think there’s a part of me that really clicks with all things boy. So here I am, onward with the tutorial…

It’s a great time of year to make these wallets.  All the fall suiting fabrics are on sale this time of year, and you’ll only need a 1/4 yard of your main fabric (and have plenty leftover to make more).
  • 1/4 yard fall suiting fabric (tweed, plaids, etc., usually made from wool and/or synthetic materials)
  • 1/4 yard lining fabric
  • scrap of leather (optional)
  • rivets, grommet (optional)
  • scrap of medium weight fusible interfacing

{1/4″ seam allowance throughout unless otherwise noted}

Cutting the pieces:
From the exterior wallet fabric cut one piece 8.5″ wide by 4″ tall.
From the lining fabric cut 2 pieces 8.5″ wide by 4″ tall (this is the money pocket lining and the wallet lining piece)

Also from the lining fabric, cut one piece 8.5″ wide by 10.5″ tall (this is for the card holder slots)
Assembling lining:
To create the card holder pockets, take the 10.5″ tall lining piece:
This is kind of tricky to put into words, but you’ll be folding it like an accordion (as you can see in the side view of this picture).  Measuring starting from the top, fold the fabric up at the 3″ mark, fold fabric down after 1.5″, up after 2″, down after 1.5″.  The finished piece will measure 4″ tall by 8.5″ wide.  Press (and starch if desired).
Next, sew 2 rows of stitching down either side of the middle of the card holder fabric spaced about 3/4″ apart.
Align top edges of  one 8.5″ by 4″  piece with top edge of card holder piece, right sides facing.
 Sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. 
Flip around and press so that WRONG sides are facing.
Topstitch along top edge. You should now have four card slots.
Baste this assembled piece to the RIGHT side of the wallet lining piece with the card slots facing you, aligning raw edges at bottom.
Assembling wallet:
Fuse interfacing to WRONG side of exterior fabric.
Place lining assembly and exterior piece RIGHT sides facing.
Sew around all edges using 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening for turning.  Clip corners.  Press.
Topstitch around entire wallet, I use a chopstick to get really close around the corners, it helps grab onto the feed dogs of your sewing machine.  You’ll be sewing close to the top of the pocket, but be sure not to catch the pocket (with wallet slots) when topstitching. Press.
Add any embellishment, grommets, leather, rivets. Follow my pictorial grommet directions:
That’s it.  It’s a pretty basic wallet, so mix up your fabrics, try something new, and get creative!  Enjoy.

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131 Responses to celebrate the boy tutorial: basic boys wallet

  1. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 03.04.2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Love love love it! These are so adorable, Anna!

  2. dana 03.04.2011 at 2:02 pm #

    This is fabulous! It’s even easier than I thought! You are always brilliant. Thanks Anna for sharing.

  3. Gabrielle 03.04.2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Thanks! I have actually been meaning to make myself a little wallet just for holding the cards I have from all the local craft shops I frequent. My “real” wallet is looking less like a fold and more like a roll! I think I am going to adapt your design to be a little more girl and less boy, but that accordion fold technique is something I was struggling to come up with on my own.

  4. alayne 03.04.2011 at 2:11 pm #

    So absolutely cute!! I can’t wait to make one for my lil boy.

  5. Canadian Kristin 03.04.2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to make these for my boys!

  6. Creative Mom 03.04.2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Love the grommet piece of the design. I can’t wait to make one for my son and maybe a girled up version for my daughter.

  7. lyndyjo 03.04.2011 at 2:44 pm #

    This is awesome! How many times has my son emptied my wallet or my husbands? I think I’ll make him his own complete with old cards that he can empty and lose as much as he wants. Then maybe he’ll leave ours alone (or not)

  8. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 03.04.2011 at 2:53 pm #

    ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with the way these turned out. Fabulous!!! Every child, buy & Man would want one!!!

  9. Marisa 03.04.2011 at 3:05 pm #

    That looks much easier than I would have imagined. Nice job!

  10. Emily 03.04.2011 at 3:06 pm #

    LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. bethanndodd 03.04.2011 at 3:08 pm #

    My 8-year son has been asking me to make him a wallet for over a month…this is perfect (and I already have some that orange suiting!) Thanks!!

  12. Vanessa 03.04.2011 at 3:09 pm #

    These really are cool! Love the fabrics you chose and the neat embellishments.

  13. aneela 03.04.2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Perfectly done as always!
    Love it!

  14. florzinha Tá 03.04.2011 at 3:32 pm #

    menina vocÊ é incrivel..
    Ficou linda e super pratica..
    Muito facil de fazer e entender..

  15. Heather 03.04.2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Love the leather and grommet details! And it’s the first project in the series that you could actually do for older boys. I’ve got a 15 and a 12 year old and I think they’d go for this! Thank you so much!

  16. Ione 03.04.2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Carla 03.04.2011 at 3:59 pm #

    So cool! My husband is going to want one too!

  18. Emily 03.04.2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Anna, those are SO cool! Love the hardware. My son is sitting next me and is insisting that I get started making one right NOW! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Ashley 03.04.2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Oh. I LOVE this! I will have to move it to the top of my list for my 5 year old that is all things money right now.

  20. Jeannie 03.04.2011 at 4:22 pm #

    These are just about the cutest things ever!
    I really love these!

  21. Leila 03.04.2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Super cool! I’ll have to wait untill my son gets interested in paper money, right now it’s all about the coins ha ha!
    Thanks for sharing.

  22. Corinne 03.04.2011 at 4:27 pm #

    This is exactly what I needed! My son has been keeping his money in a tupperware container :). It’s pretty hard to find cool wallets for boys in stores so this is a perfect solution – thank you so much for sharing!

  23. One Flew Over 03.04.2011 at 4:29 pm #

    SO fabulous!

  24. the momma 03.04.2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I LOVE the way you did the card pockets!! I’ve made a couple of wallets in the past & your way is much easier (and less bulky!) than any other method I’ve seen ~ pure genius!! thanks for sharing!!

  25. Chris 03.04.2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Another fabulous tutorial, Anna. I think I need to make some for my boys!

  26. Kris @ 03.04.2011 at 4:34 pm #

    YES!!!! i was just about to search for a pattern for a wallet!! i cant wait to make this! i love your tutorials and patterns, they are so clear and easy to follow. thank you so much!!!

  27. trish 03.04.2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I think I make one for my husband! Love it!

  28. Scattered Brain 03.04.2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Oh my goodness I good totally do that. Thank you for your wonderful tutorial. I am so excited, my boys have been bugging me for a while for wallet. Thank you

  29. Kristie 03.04.2011 at 6:39 pm #

    So super-ly cute, and your embelishments make it!

  30. Meg 03.04.2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Love it, Anna! I am going to make one for my teenage brother!

  31. JuneBug 03.04.2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Nice! I love that wallet – might make one for myself first! Who’d you borrow the boy from :)?

  32. Sara vs. Sarah 03.04.2011 at 7:31 pm #

    These wallets are REALLY cute. They look so classy & sophisticated. Thanks for the tutorial (I too have 2 girls (and 3 nieces), but am always on the hunt for good boy projects for gifts!)

  33. Jamie 03.04.2011 at 8:38 pm #

    How fantastic is this! You amaze me once again!

  34. I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar 03.04.2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Well done Anna! The wallets are super stylish and the pictures are great and the tutorial is so easy to follow. You rock! A wallet is something I never thought to sew. Great idea!


  35. Delia 03.04.2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Anna! I love this tutorial. I just bought a huge ugly leather jacket from the thrift store yesterday and I am hoping it will make a cute boys wallet…among other things.

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  36. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 03.04.2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Really cool, Anna. Any boy would love this. Especially love the grommet.

  37. CraftCrave 03.04.2011 at 9:51 pm #

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  38. ~april 03.04.2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Dude, I may need to make one of these for myself…until my son is old enough at least!

  39. Sheridan 03.04.2011 at 10:22 pm #

    I love these!! They are so cute!! :)


  40. casserole 03.04.2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I love love LOVE these wallets!! The suiting, the grommets, the everything! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  41. Екатерина Смирнова 03.04.2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Oh my!! Cool wallet! Hello from Russia!!

  42. MICHELLE 03.04.2011 at 11:40 pm #


  43. Nancy's Couture 03.05.2011 at 12:44 am #

    Anna, These are AWESOME!!! I must make some. I know a couple of OLDER boys who would like these too!!!

  44. Jess 03.05.2011 at 2:07 am #

    I bow down to your awesomeness Anna!

  45. schmidt1016 03.05.2011 at 3:09 am #

    Is it wrong to want one of these for myself? Maybe even my 33 year old “boy” would want one, and my husband, too. Neat!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

  46. HOMEmomMADE 03.05.2011 at 6:02 am #

    super cute! I’ll def have to try my hand at this. Thanks for the step-by-step! .)


  47. make it perfect 03.05.2011 at 6:31 am #

    super duper cool anna!
    toni x

  48. 03.05.2011 at 11:21 am #

    yay! I was waiting for you to do something for the boy- awesome wallets… LOVE them! -Erin

  49. jayayceeblog 03.05.2011 at 6:07 pm #

    You know, my nieces are sooooo easy to make gifts for but I never know what to do for the nephews. Really, how many knitted watch caps can they wear at once? These wallets are very cute and your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing.

  50. 03.05.2011 at 6:32 pm #

    these are darling and will make GREAT birthday gifts for all my daughter’s friends that are boys that are turning 5!

  51. lindsay 03.05.2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Superly cute, love the details.

  52. Brittany 03.05.2011 at 10:04 pm #

    How brilliant! Super manly, too. Gotta make me a couple of these. *Bookmark!*

  53. Devon 03.05.2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I just saw this linked up on homepodge. You’re so talented! Would you mind making me a herringbone wallet with rivets? 😉

  54. Terry 03.06.2011 at 2:19 pm #

    What a great idea!!
    My daughter would love one…to hold her AARP card (she’s 10!!!!). For some reason that’s her most prized possession in her wallet!

  55. pedilu 03.06.2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Coooooooool wallet!
    I wish we had a currency without coins in Europe …

  56. Irina 03.06.2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I don’t have any boys… but I love your tutorials!

  57. Jessica 03.07.2011 at 1:12 am #

    I’m always so impressed with the precision in your sewing. I am a total slob in comparison. Awesome tutorial! I love the grommets

  58. Jenny 03.07.2011 at 1:42 am #

    This is great Anna! I’m so afraid of grommets and rivets though… Yikes!

  59. MajaMarci 03.07.2011 at 8:44 am #

    love this tutorial! thank you!

  60. Kelly O. 03.07.2011 at 10:01 am #

    anna! you’ve got to stop inspiring me! I can’t get it all accomplished