How to sew a button-up wallet!

In this sewing class we are making a cute ‘button-up wallet’ with a huge button from my friends at Hobbycraft.

Watch the video here and check out the written instructions below.

 

1st things first… gather up your materials:

2 x fat quarter pieces (clashy or matchy) one for lining and one for outside

Hand sewing needle and thread

1 x Button – i have used these cool extra large buttons from Hobbycraft https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/hobbycraft-jumbo-button-jar-brights-assorted/585421-1000

sewing machine

scissors

one-step button hole foot

stitch ripper

chopstick!

Take 2 x fat quarter pieces and cut length-ways any size and width you like as long as they are the same size

Lay with right sides together and sew with a 0.5 seam allowance the top and bottom smallest edges

now you have a tube – lay the 2 sewn edges with right sides together

Pull up the top layer of the top fat quarter as shown in the video making sure the flap is at least as wide as the button.

Sew around the squares up to the seam line, again as shown in the video, leaving a 1-2″ gap on the side you are using for the lining.

Lastly sew around the top flap.

Pull the whole piece through to the right side using the whole you left in the lining, push out your corners using the chop stick and push the lining into the outer fabric.

Press and sew on your button and button-hole as shown in the video.

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How to make a fabric pencil case with velcro

You will need:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 x fat quarter pieces cut into piece  16cm x 22cm
2 x fat quarter pieces cut into piece  22cm x 22cm
2cm wide velcro cut into 2 x 20cm strips
Sewing machineThreadPinsScissorsTape measure or ruler

Marker pen or chalk

Iron

Step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take 1 x large and 1 x small piece of fabric
The small piece is the one you will see on the outside
Large piece is the lining that will go onto this smaller piece
Place velcro on the RIGHT side of the smaller piece 1.5 cm down from the top and equidistant from the raw side edgesPin the velcro in place by placing pins vertically to the horizontal piece of velcroSew around the velcro in a box shape. sewing as close to the edge of the velcro as you can but making sure you catch it all!Apply the velcro in the same way to the large square piece.
Step 2

 

 

 

 

 

Now the velcro is in place, take the two small rectangle shapes (one with and one without velcro) and place them with the right sides together.

Pin and sew the top edges together (the 22cm line) by placing the fabrics right sides together with the velcro at the top.

Sew one line 0.5cm seam allowance so you are not sewing over the velcro.

Open up the seam so both fabrics are on opposite sides of each other fold and press, do not iron over the velcro! (you can iron on the back of it though..)

Step 3

 

 

 

 

Take 1 x large piece with the velcro on and pop it on the square without the velcro on with right sides together, pin down the side edges and sew the 3 SIDES ONLY with a small 0.5 seam allowance.

** leave a gap in the centre bottom 5 cm wide**

Take the other large piece and lay it on top of the small rectangle with the velcro on. Sew the 3 sides up, up to the stitch line.

Step 4 Sew up the top box – the final 3 sides remaining.
Step 5

 

 

 

Trim your corners!
Turn the whole piece through using the small gap and press it all nice and flat. Push the lining inside the outer fabric.Press, press press!
(Tip: Do not press over velcro – using a pressing cloth or scrap of fabric if you need to do that!)
Sew up the small hole inside!
VIOLA! you are done!

How to make a fabric phone case

You will need:
2 x fat quarter pieces cut into strips 45.5cm x 11.5cm
(this is the small side length of the fat quarter x 11.5cm)
2cm wide velcro cut into 2 x 10.5cm strips
keyring
10cm of ribbon or webbing
Sewing machine
Thread
Pins
Scissors
Tape measure or ruler
Marker pen or chalk
Iron
Step 1 Place and pin the velcro to the right sides of both fabrics 1.5cm down from the raw edge of the smaller sides (top) and equidistant from the raw side edges

Step 2 Sew around the velcro in a box shape. sewing as close to the edge of the velcro as you can but making sure you catch it all!

Step 3 Sew the top edges together by placing the fabrics right sides together.
The fabric that will be on the outside of the bag (not the lining) to have the velcro side to the top. The lining has its velcro to the other end.
Sew a seam with a 0.5 seam allowance across this top raw edge.
Step 4 Open up the seam so both fabrics are on opposite sides of each other.
With right sides together, fold up each fabric side 22cm to meet the seam leaving the overlay at the top (there is a flap overlay at the top and that’s correct!).
Pin down the side edges and sew with a small 0.5 seam allowance.

Step 5 Sew up the top box now, again with right sides together and leaving a small gap 3 – 4 cm close to the original seam.
Step 6 Turn the whole piece through using the small gap and press it all nice and flat. Push the lining inside the outer fabric.
Press, press press!
(Tip: Do not press over velcro – using a pressing cloth or scrap of fabric if you need to do that!)
Step 7 Take your key-ring and slide the ribbon through the small fastening hole to create a loop. Slide the raw edges of the ribbon loop into the hole you used to turn it through and sew it all up as neatly as you can! (Hand-stitch it if you are worried about your machine stitching here..)

VIOLA! you are done, now you can size this up or down to suit your phone and devices!