X-Actly What You Need Wallet – Lesson 3

Our last lesson includes finishing up the zipper pocket! This is great and I do hope you are having as much fun making this wallet as I did! I love this project and Primitive Pennies!!! You will need to purchase the kit from Connecting Threads #6383 for $7.45 (not including shipping) to make the wallet.

Fold each E in half with right sides together so they measure 4-1/4″ x 5″. Using a ½” seam allowance stitch along the 5″ edge.

Center e between the stitch line, and the fold on both Es.

Turn Es right side out and press with the seam at the bottom. Fold so the raw edges are together and press in half along the 5″ edge. It should measure 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″.

From the folded edge, measure 7/8″ and mark. Repeat on the other side.

This is Jac. Jac is very tired of me sewing so he left my side (after waiting for some time) to go take a nap in his happy place. Poor Jac. Mom is over-focused!

Fold the raw edge back along the marked line (line is inside the fold) and pin and press. Repeat for the other side. You now have two folds facing out and one fold tucked inside.

Repeat for the other E.

Top stitch along the two outside folds just created. Do not sew the inside fold. We have plans for that!

Trim down the sides of the zipper pocket edges so it measures 6″ across.

Pull the zipper head to the center of the pocket. Tuck and center the zipper pocket into the center fold.

 Stitch the zipper pocket in place using a ¼” seam allowance. The folds that are topstitched are pulled back and free of the unit.

Cut a binding strip in half and bind the two 7″ edges of the A/D unit.

Lay the zipper pocket on D, matching the bottom edge of the pocket to the 4″ stitched line. Baste E to A/D pushing the rest of the zipper pocket out of the way.

Repeat for the other side.

Now, we need to sew the rest of this unit to the bottom of the A/D unit. This is the tricky part so take your time.

Fold A/D around the zipper pocket and match the remaining E section to the edge of A/D, aligning the bottom edge of the zipper pocket with the 5″ stitch line on D.

Baste the edges together.

It is much easier to sew the binding to the inside of the wallet first. Prepare the binding. To begin, wrap the binding around the end of the wallet and then begin sewing it to the wallet with a ¼” seam allowance.

It’s a little difficult to maneuver around the bottom curve, however, feel free to push aside the rest of the wallet or even crush it to get that seam sewn. The wallet will pop back in shape with ease. I scooched off the ¼” seam allowance a bit, but went back and re-sewed it. It feels a bit intimidating but you can do it!

Pull the binding away from the wallet and carefully press along the seam.

Wrap the binding around the sides and stitch down.

At this point I decided to quilt just the top of the wallet. It looked and behaved as though there was too much bulk so I stitched four 7/8″ lines just on the flap and that was just enough to flatten out the bulk and give a good fold when the wallet was closed. Congratulations! You are finished!!!


  1. Ceil - December 7, 2013

    thank you for such an easy-looking, step by step tutorial! Just love this wallet but not so much the fabric. Will there be other fabric choices?

  2. Mari - December 7, 2013

    I’m sure there will be in the future Ceil. This is a new pattern so I’m sure it will be shown again in another collection. It’s very inexpensive though.

  3. Ceil - December 7, 2013

    Yes, it is very reasonably priced but not when you consider shipping costs added to it and the fact that I’d probably never use those 5 fat quarters. 🙂 I’m not really wild about any of the present fabric lines except for Spring Terrace (not a great choice for this wallet) and the batiks (which probably would make a super wallet). I’ll just have to wait as It’s too dear for just the pattern.

  4. Joy Gross - December 17, 2013

    I love your tutorial Mari, and I love the wallet.

  5. Mari - December 17, 2013

    Thank you Joy 🙂 I love the pattern. It’s very well thought out and executed which is why I did the tutorial. It is so easy to make but looks so complicated.