Oilcloth is a great material to sew with. It’s more affordable than many of the cottons out there today and comes in a wide variety of fun patterns and colors. Unfortunately it can be a little bit stiff to work with, but this pattern for a cute wallet is perfect for oilcloth because you don’t have to turn the pattern inside out at all.
Follow these steps to make a fabulous little wallet or oilcloth clutch complete with slots for cash and credit cards, a zippered coin section, and a hand snap enclosure.
Pattern Download: Oilcloth Wallet Pattern
Related Video: How to Make an Oilcloth Wallet
• ¼ yard oilcloth
• Magnetic snap
• 7” zipper
• Binder clips and paper clips
Tips Before You Begin:
• Before you start, put a piece of Scotch tape or masking tape on the bottom of all the feet you will be using. Otherwise, your foot will stick to the oilcloth and won’t move!
• Use binder and paper clips. Oilcloth is tough to pin through, so clipping works great.
• Use a stitch length of 3.5. Because oilcloth is heavy duty, no need to use a smaller stitch length.
• Turn your tension to a higher number to get through the thicker parts.
Assembling the Pieces
TIP: DO NOT CUT the zipper windows or snap placement from the actual oilcloth pieces unless told!
Label them with their names as well. I used a Sharpie here for photographs, but I recommend a pencil. That won’t show through on lighter colored oilcloth.
Step 4: Stack one piece B on top of piece C lining up the bottom long edges, and clip together. Stitch ¾ of an inch seam along the raw edges of these pieces. This will prevent cards from slipping down too far into this pocket!
Mark the middle line with pins, then use a sticky note to connect the two (since chalk pencils don’t work well on oilcloth). Starting at the bottom raw edges, sew right along the edge of the sticky note, stopping to backstitch at the finished edge of pocket piece B (no need to sew all the way through C to the top!). Set pocket stack aside.
Step 6: Then, take another piece A and piece B, leaving OUT the C this time, and stack them together. (By leaving out piece C, you get the perfect sized pocket for cash! If you want more credit card pockets, then follow the previous steps.)
Mark the middle line as in step 3 above, sewing to the top of pocket piece A. (No need to sew all the way through B to the top.)
Now, lay out the lining piece right side up, and lay each pocket stack on top of the lining piece, matching up the bottom raw edges of the pocket stacks with the raw edges of the lining piece. Clip together with binder clips.
Installing the Snaps
Then, insert the female part of the snap through the slits, put the metal back on, and open the legs like a brad so they lay nice and flat.
By turning them inward, there is no risk of us breaking a needle since we are going to sew very close to this snap.
Making the Strap
Step 12: Topstitch around the entire edge of strap. Notice here I had to cheat a bit with my zipper foot so the foot does not drive on top of the snap. I moved my needle as far left as it would go to sneak around.
You might find that when the needle pulls out while sewing, sometimes it takes the handle with it! Feel free to hand walk the needle around the tough parts using your machine fly wheel on the side to get this part perfect.
With the backing piece wrong side up and inner pocket lining right side up, line up the zipper windows so they match perfectly.
TIP: Don’t try to sew around the zipper head, which will make your seam wonky. Just put your needle down, lift your presser foot, unzip the zipper a little way so the head is out of the way, lower your foot, and continue!
TIP: Make sure that you are folding the backing piece out of the way so you only sew around the pocket edges!
Step 19: Fold the edges over to bind on all sides and paperclip. Feel free to make mitered corners as you go!
TIP: If you are getting a little bubble that travels along in front of your foot, just stick a pin through it and into the wallet, then sew over the pin, and it should sew the bubble down. Here is where you will need a high on your tension!
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