Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wallets and Purses, OH MY!!!

Oh, my goodness! I am so happy. I've been trying my hand at sewing lately and I'm not so good at it. I get my thread bunched up, my lines are crooked, and I have the most difficult time reading a pattern. BUT, I went ahead and challenged myself and now I want to show you what this novice did (as my confidence slowly builds):


I got the pattern for this from Vibrant Designs.  She had all levels of seamstresses try out her Hannah purse pattern.  Me, being at the beginners level.  I struggled with some steps along the way, but in the end, it all worked out and I learned a ton.

Now take a look inside:


Plenty of space. Following the directions, I even sewed pockets. POCKETS! I felt so very accomplished. I didn't attempt to make a clasp. I figured it was better to skip that headache and save it for next time.

If I were to grade this small wallet, I might give it a D. A D+ maybe (not the actual wallet, but my interpretation of it). I would also make it bigger. But, it works to hold my money and so far nothing has fallen out.  I can't remember where I got this pattern but it was on a recent blog.  If you know where to find it, let me know.  I want to give credit where credit is due and let you try making your own.


My first attempt at making a ruffle. I love it. Next time, I'll sew it on lower.


It's "poofing" cause I have SO much change in there.

It's not everyday I actually have cash to show off the wallet's usability. You guys are lucky. We'll see how long it last (the money, not your luck).

My next wallet is now my pride and joy. I got the pattern from Nancy's Couture.  I am SOOOOOOO excited with how it turned out.


I even sewed on a clasp.  First time for me.


Filled it with cards:


And clasped it shut.


And there you have my wallets and purse, OH MY!!!


Jerri Neddermeyer said...

Great job! Learning new stuff is always a rush! I love the card holder best. But actually, I love that you share your best tries and imperfections and learning with us!

family of 4 on the move! said...

Wow fabulous job!! I love the bright colors and you are so much more talented and patient then I am. I would have ended up with a pile of material and a few soaked tissues! lol

Tiffany said...

Lyndee, great job! I love the fabrics used on the card wallet.
I too am horrible at using a pattern, I get a little impatient and just want to skip to the end and have it done, lol!

Rebecca said...

Good for you for trying and learning new things! I've been sewing for a while, still consider myself a novice {beginnerish} and am intimidated to try a purse or wallet. I love the last wallet but like the ruffle on the first one too.

Katy said...

great job! i'm a self taught sewer too. i conquered to zipper a few months back. keep up the good work!

Mao Mao said...

Well done, love the slot card wallet! I made a similar one to carry teabags...

Nancy's Couture said...

You did an awesome job on your card wallet! LOVE the fabric you used! The purse looks really good too!

Amy said...

Good job! Love the wallet!

I sew sporadically and am not great either ... crooked lines, imperfect tension and all that follows. But I find it fun and challenging, especially since I never follow a pattern! I just finished making a quilt style dog bed cover from fabric scraps and decided in this project my sewing style... Adventure Sewing!

Come have a peek if you like - I linked up to Sassy Sites!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

So fun and bright, love the fabric! Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

Amanda said...

I think you did a great job!! I haven't been sewing that long - it can be a challenge sometimes --- but so rewarding when you get a final project you love! :)

Thanks for linking up at Today's Top 20!


Tanya said...

I saw that same wallet on her blog. I want to make it so bad but I am still quite new at sewing. Thank you for showing that it can be done!

Maggie said...


I just recently began sewing, and see tutorials for adorable wallets/purses EVERYWHERE. You give me confidence to maybe actually try one! Great job :)

Quilted Cupcake said...

Well done! Sewing is very addictive, let me tell you. Stick with it!

Charmaine said...

Wow, you've done such a great job. Stick with it, sewing is so much fun and you've proved you can do it.

abeachcottage said...

Well done. You did a wonderful job with the purses and wallets. Love your designs.

Lori said...

Consider me extremely impressed!! I don't sew at all so these were HUGE accomplishments in my book and the fabric is all super cute!

~The Bargain Babe said...

Your ruffle looks great! I made a ruffled pillowcase last month and the darn ruffle tried to kill me.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.