Oilcloth Wallet Pattern

glamour shot 1 - oilcloth wallet patternOilcloth 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 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

Supply List:

• ¼ yard oilcloth

• Magnetic snap

• 7” zipper

• Binder clips and paper clips

Hints 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

step 1 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 1: Cut out the pieces of your pattern. Cut the zipper windows and the snap placements from the pattern.

TIP: DO NOT CUT the zipper windows or snap placement from the actual oilcloth pieces unless told!

step 2 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 2: Trace all of the pieces onto the back of your oilcloth. Remember not to cut out the zipper windows or snap placements!

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 3 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 3: Fold one long edge of each A, B, and C pocket pieces over ½ inch. Press the crease with your fingers, paper clip, and top stitch close to the folded edge.

step 4 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 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!

step 5 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 5: Now stack piece A on top of sewn pieces B and C, lining up the bottom raw edges, and clip them at the sides.

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 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 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.)

step 7 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 7: Take the C piece that is left and stack the stitched A and B on top of it, matching up the bottom raw edges, and clip it on the sides to hold them all together.

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.

step 8 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 8: Baste around the edges with a long stitch length VERY close to the raw edges to hold everything together as one entire piece.

Installing the Snaps

step 9 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 9: On the backing piece, you will have traced a circle where the snap should go. Using the metal piece that came with it, trace the two lines onto the fabric and seam rip them.

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.

step 10 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 10: Repeat this process on the handle with the male side of the snap. This time, turn the legs of the brad inward instead of outward, as shown.

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 11a - oilcloth wallet patternStep 11: Fold down each long edge of the strap ½”, fingerpress, and clip edges.

step 11b - oilcloth wallet patternThen fold in half and secure with a binder clip.

step 12 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 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.

step 13 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 13: Cut out the zipper windows that you traced onto the backing and inner pocket pieces.

With the backing piece wrong side up and inner pocket lining right side up, line up the zipper windows so they match perfectly.

step 14 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 14: Put your zipper face up on the table, flip your backing piece over so it is right side up, and lay it on top of the zipper so the zipper is centered in the little window. Pin into place.

step 15 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 15: Lining up the raw edge of your strap with the top raw edge of the zipper window (snap face down), center the strap on the zipper window, and pin into place.

step 16a - oilcloth wallet patternStep 16: Topstitch around the zipper window, which will also sew the strap into place.

step 16 - oilcloth wallet patternTIP: 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!

step 17 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 17: Place the outer pocket lining on the inner pocket lining, right sides together (trim the zipper tape if needed). Pin on all four sides, and sew into place.

TIP: Make sure that you are folding the backing piece out of the way so you only sew around the pocket edges!

step 18 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 18: Lay the backing piece wrong side up. Center the pocket panel on the top, right side facing up.

step 19 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 19: Fold the edges over to bind on all sides and paperclip. Feel free to make mitered corners as you go!

step 20 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 20: Topstitch all the way around the binding. As you are going, be sure to leave the strap in the path of the needle (as shown) so you stitch it to the wallet a second time.

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!

step 21 - oilcloth wallet patternStep 21: Now fill up your new wallet with all the essentials, and you are done!

Happy sewing!

Related Video: How to Make an Oilcloth Wallet

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82 Responses to “Oilcloth Wallet Pattern”
  1. Unrivaled Results

    The link to the Oil Cloth Wallet Pattern is not valid so where (as a premium member) do I get this pattern and also the pattern for measurements for the Oil Cloth Beach Bag

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      • National Sewing Circle

        Hi Santa. We are sorry to hear you are having trouble with the download. We have sent a link to your email for this pattern.

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  2. BQuinn1234

    I would be more inclined to use chintz material due to stiffness & not have to be so trobled with slippery use of oilcloth.

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  3. Adekemi

    I look forward to baby bag project but would definitely try the wallet project tnx. sure to have great sewing fun with you.

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  4. Kikki

    Is it possible to get the instructions in pdf so I don’t have to be on internet while doing the wallet?

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  5. Dawn

    It would be really nice if we could download a PDF of the instructions; is that possible???
    Many thanks for the pattern, Dawn

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    • National Sewing Circle

      Hi Dawn, At this time we do not have step by step instructions to download. We do appreciate your feedback and will forward your comment to the proper department. Thanks!

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  6. Peggy

    This project was awesome. I have the instructions on DVD and so easy to follow. I made one and turned out perfect. It was a little hard to find pattern piece on internet but found it. Is there an easier way to find the patterns to your DVDs.

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  7. Rosemary King

    First project seen as a new sign up, really impressed, I may not want to make a wallet, but the techniques are there for other projects with this fabric.

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  8. Sharon

    Terrific project, especially for oilcloth. Really great video instructions with lots of helpful encouragement and tips along the way. Thanks!

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  9. Emelyn Matawaran

    It’s clear and easy to follow I think I can make this project by my self

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  10. VERA

    thank you for the tutorial, I loved this wallet and most important the oilcloth you used on this project.

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  11. Jennie

    I was hoping to sew along with the video, but the video only is 1 min. and doesn’t show how to stich the wallet. When I go into the video it says 37 mins. What am I doing wrong?

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      Hi Jennie, Be sure to log into your account with your username and password to see the full length video.

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  12. Kathryn

    May I also get the wallet instructions in pdf? My next step would be to find oilcloth in my local fabric store. Thanks.

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  13. Linda

    Is it possible to get the instructions in pdf so I don’t have to be on internet while doing the wallet?

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  14. Tracy

    I really want to make this, but the link to the pattern is broken, and the pictures do not load either. Please fix this!!

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  15. LindaFl

    Re printing the instructions— I selected and copied the text/photos. Then I pasted it into a Word document that I had set up in landscape orientation with 2 columns. Then I pasted the selection into the Word doc. It automatically pasted itself in the right order, column by column and page by page. Works like a charm! (check out YouTube if you have trouble figuring out the pagination).

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  16. Rehana

    Fits great in my pocket thakns to how slim they’ve gotten it, I’ve been carrying it for two weeks now and have no complaints, even in slim jeans.Picture taking is great too, comfortable and easy, and I’d say even more secure since the leather is so grippy. I feel a lot more safe taking pictures with this case on than I do without it.

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  17. Catherine J

    I can’t download the Oilcloth wallet pattern measurements, I just get the instructions. I am a premium member.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Catherine. We are sorry you aren’t able to download the pattern measurements. We have sent you an email with the link to this.

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  18. Bea

    Hello, this sounds like a wonderful project but it would be easier for me in a pdf file. Is this still possible? Thank you again, the video was very well done and easy to understand.

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  19. Francisca

    Wonderful tutorials on Oil cloth Wallet. How do i get to see the full video as what i can see is about 1min

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      Hi Francisca. When you log into your premium membership with your username and password you will be able to view the premium video.

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  20. Florence

    Hi, I, too, would like to try the wallet, but need pattern pieces. I’ve already sewn with oilcloth. I made some purses, altering a pattern that was designed for double faced quilted fabric. The many compliments I received inspired me to do more. Thank you.

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    • Florence

      I was finally able to download the pdf pattern pieces. Thank you so much.

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  21. Lenora

    I would love to make this cute wallet, but there are no instructions as to what size to cut each pattern piece. Did I miss something?

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  22. Kathleen

    I just love how easy and how nice the wallet came out. I am very new at sewing, but I do understand the concept. When I was laid up with the shingles for weeks I watched sewing videos all day long for about 5 weeks, and this is the best sewing video I have watched ever. I have had some top of the ling Embroidery/Sewing machines and never had a interest in learning how to sew. (I did machine embroidery from 1991-2014) I purchase a very basic machine recently and I have not taken it out of the box yet, but after seeing this video I feel confident that I if I take my time I can make this wallet. I just hope i can find oilcloth in my area as nice as the one in this video. I love the design on the oilcloth.
    I am in my second year of the National Sewing Circle yearly subscription and it is well worth it and plan on continuing with it.
    Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful pattern (the wallet) and doing it with such a beautiful pattern on the oilcloth.
    Kathleen

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  23. Cindi

    Is there a PDF of the instructions that can be emailed to me? I’m purchasing the project now. Also, can other material be used in place of oilcloth? Thank you.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Cindi. To get the PDF of the pattern, simply click on ‘oilcloth wallet pattern’ next to ‘pattern download’ and it will be available for you to either open and print out or save to your computer. And yes, you can use another fabric, like cotton, for this project.

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  24. Zoe

    Following this tutorial and it’s wonderful, got to the second sewing of the pocket and hadn’t cut a piece out as it doesnt say on the print out copy to cut two of pocket B. Have I read the tutorial wrong? Or is it a pattern error?

    Thanks
    Zoe

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  25. rugrat65

    I clicked on “several patterns” that my membership says I should have no problem downloading – NEVER WORKED! I can download from other sites but not here! I feel like I paid for your premium membership for nothing – I’d like a
    a total refund as I’m sure not getting what I paid for!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Dorothy,

      I am sorry that you are having problems getting patterns to download. I have emailed you with instructions.

      Happy Sewing!
      Kate

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  26. Kate

    I can’t download the Oilcloth wallet pattern measurements. Can you please email them to me. Thank you

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      Hello Diana,

      We have tested the link successfully. Try refreshing your page and accessing the link again. If you are still not able to access the download, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-208-7187 and they will assist you with troubleshooting over the phone.

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  27. dieurie

    Hi, thanks for the pattern! Just one question: on the pattern piece Pocket B there is no information about how much pieces should be cut. I guess it should be 2 of them? Thanks.

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  28. PHYLLIS

    Do you have a PDF for the instructions of putting the Oilcloth Wallet Pattern together? Thank you!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Phyllis,

      There is not a PDF of the instructions but you could print of the article. There is a PDF of the pattern that you can print off located within the article.

      Thanks,
      Becky NSC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Cindercrulla,

      Click on the Pattern download located within the article. You will be able to print off a copy of the pattern to use.

      Thanks,
      Becky NSC Video Membership

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          Hi Ariella, please make sure you are logged into your Premium membership, you can do so by clicking the LOGIN button in the upper right-hand corner of the site. If you need any assistance with logging in please contact our Customer Service team at 1-855-208-7187.
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  29. DENISE

    The last comment was January 2015, it is now October 2017 and I can’t download the pattern. You b said the issue was fixed.

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      Hello Denis,

      We were able to download the pattern successfully. Please try using a different browser and downloading it again. If you are still not able to download the pattern, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-208-7187, and they will troubleshoot the problem with you over the phone.

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      Becky NSC Video Membership

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  30. Christa

    where are the Mesurements for the wallet I did ask once bevor
    Kate could you send them to me I was trying to make some for Christmas
    Thank you in advance
    Chrs

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Christa, please click on the pattern download located within the article, you will be able to print and cut the pattern to make your own oilcloth wallet!
      Thank you, Hallie NSC Video Membership

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  31. Angie

    Super video. I got the PDF of the pattern and I Pinned the instructions (haha see what I did there?)

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Becky, we are sorry to hear you are having issues downloading our pattern; we have tested this PDF successfully. Please refresh your browser and trying accessing the pattern download again. If you continue to have issues please call our customer service team at 1-855-208-7187.
      Thank you! Hallie NSC Video Membership

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  32. Christy

    I don’t have a printer and your pattern layout doesn’t have the measurements of everything. Can you please give them to me for all the pieces?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,
      Yes, you can use faux leather for this pattern, however, you may find that you need to use a heavier needle such as a leather or denim needle.
      Cheers,
      Ashley

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