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So I set out to make a new wallet.

I didn’t have a pattern, but had an old wallet that my friend Rebecca loaned to me. It was very much like this one except it wasn’t …


This is a sewing blog, and things don’t always turn out like we planned. I’m going to show you just how that happens, so sit back and get ready for the good, the bad and the pathetic.


I love this Amy Butler fabric and I had just enough scraps left over from another project to make this wallet. The zipper was one of many in a thrift store bag. So the cost of the wallet is less than $1.


People, I should be ashamed. What was I thinking? I have to confess here… I was a bit agitated the night I put this together. I think it was the wallet that was agitating me… that and the fact that somehow I completely sewed the dollar bill compartment shut.

The raw edges around the coin pouch are B A D. Bad, as in, why-didn’t-I-just-go-buy-a-stinkin’-wallet-bad. Bad, as in, I-can’t-believe-I’m-gonna-blog-this-bad. But you deserve to see the good, and yes, the bad. So here it is:


And now, so as not to disappoint:

The Pathetic:

I made a wallet last year… or longer… I have no concept of months… from an old Vera Bradley placemat (the blue one with the dorky flowers). It was ugly when I made it and it is ugly now. What it isn’t is pathetic. Like the one I just finished:

The zipper is sticking out too far on the right (and it will continue to do so, as I had to sew up the hole I left in it!) and that snap? Ok, I admit that my “snap” skills are right on par, but just like in real estate: location, location, location!

I put the stinkin’ thing too far up on the tab and put its connector too far up on the wallet. The result is a short snapper… is that a word? Snapper? Well, considering the fact that I’m having some wallet drama, it is now.

I should be ashamed to even share this but here it is: it looks like a tongue sticking out. “Help meee!” It says. And check out that curvey zipper! Just in case you think this is a “designer” effect, zippers aren’t really supposed to do that.

So what to do with my Most Pathetic Wallet. Ever.? Move in, of course! I wanted to use on a trip this weekend because of its size. It is Mostly Pathetic but it is also mostly perfectly sized!

So I moved in and will test drive it this weekend. If I like the location of the compartments (there are 7!) then I’ll incorporate those in the next version.

All moved in (yeah, my license is backwards behind that clear vinyl (and too short) window). My cards are all there, but the cash? Well, there’s not much of it, but it’s tucked inside a deep pocket just behind the green and yellow discount cards. You can just see the edge of the bills. In a perfect wallet world, they would be folded into the side like all self respecting bills should be, but I digress.

And I will now close up my Most Pathetic Wallet. Ever., stash it in my purse and enjoy what I can of it this weekend! Stay tuned: a new improved (OR a more pathetic) version is sure to make an appearance soon!


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