After much thought I have decided to release my original wallet design in pattern form! This wallet is near and dear to my heart. It is what got me my start as a seller on Etsy. I tried clutches before on Etsy and they didn’t really sell.
While I am sharing, I might as well share the whole story. Back when I was working as a PTA I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wanted to work from home. I had already been sewing for awhile and the thought of building a business on Etsy was very appealing. After tons of prayer and discussion with my husband, we decided I would quite my job to build a sewing business. I dove into craft shows, open houses, and of course lots of sewing. I quit my PTA job in April and we set a time limit of October that I would go back to work if I wasn’t selling anything. I tried really hard but nothing was really happening. I was so bummed as I geared up to go back to work.
During that time we were also doing the Dave Ramsey plan to pay off our second mortgage. I was really passionate about helping others pay off debt. That combined with a last minute attempt to make this sewing thing work, my first wallet was born. I wanted to create something affordable and cute that went with the Dave Ramsey plan. I sat down and made a wallet from scratch and some dividers for cash. You see, back then I was an anti pattern follower. Im glad I finally realized that patterns weren’t my enemy!!
Anyway, after a few attempts I finally had a wallet design I liked. In September I put my new creations up for sale….on sale and they began selling like crazy! From that September until now I have made more than 1,000 wallets. Crazy to look back on. I remember the stress of the holiday’s, the flopped wallets I had to start over on, the excitement of hearing that ca-ching on my phone from an order placed, and of course when my husband had to buy me a Mac because I hit my sales goal. It was great. After I had my little girl it really slowed down. I was super bummed but I really believe there is a reason for everything. I’m beginning to see that the reason was that I have found something I love doing more than wallet making. Designing patterns and empowering other women to sew too. I think my wallets were such a great thing for me to do, but I feel called to move on to design modest sewing patterns. I have a stock of ready made wallets in the shop that is dwindling. I am not sure I will restock it :0 so I want to offer that pattern in exchange for no more ready made wallets.
I am calling for about 4-6 testers. This wallet pattern comes in two versions. Version 1 features a bow beneath the clasp. Version 2 features decorative leather or pleather corners. I will notify testers Monday February 1st if they have been chosen. I will create a Facebook group where we can share our progress and ask questions. Testing will run from February 1st to February 9th. I ask that my testers complete the wallet and submit pictures along with a feedback form by the 9th. As a huge thank you for testing you will receive the Everyday Wallet pattern along with a pattern from my shop as well. I really appreciate testers and am very thankful for all their help!
The inside of both versions is the same and includes:
-Two large pockets for money or checkbooks
-6 credit card holders with the ability to hold 2-3 cards per slot
-A large zipper pouch
-A clear ID slot
Closed: 7 3/4″ wide x 4″ tall
Open: 7 3/4″ wide x 8″ tall
The pattern has fully illustrated instruction. It includes 8 full pages of instructions and 3 pages of pattern pieces. I have had one of my wallets in my purse since I started making them and I love it. It is functional, lightweight, and super cute! I can’t wait to see yours!
-3/8 yard of each interior and exterior fabric 44″-54″ wide.
Fabric suggestions: Quilting Cotton (Interior and/or exterior), or Duck, Canvas, or Twill (for exterior only)
Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing: 5/8 yard/ 50 cm
Clear Vinyl Scrap (At-least 5”x3”)
1/8 yard Medium weight sew in interfacing (optional)
Not everyone who applies will be chosen. I wish I could choose everyone, but for this particular pattern I will only need 4-6 testers. Thanks so much for your help!