Someone recently emailed me and asked if my Deluxe wallet pattern came with details for adding a wrist strap. I told them no, but good idea! It is a very simple add on so I thought it would be perfect to write a blog post on how to do it! Before I had my daughter, not have a wrist strap was no big deal. Since having her, I hardly ever carry a purse since I always have the diaper bag. When I run in places, I never want to take her huge diaper bag. Having a wrist strap is so convenient with not having a purse or diaper bag to throw the wallet in! Follow along below to find out how to add this simple step!
What you will need:
Swivel Snap like this one. If you don’t need your wrist strap to be removable, you really don’t even need this. I do like the option of having it removable so I will walk you through how to do that.
1.5″ x 12″ rectangle of fabric
1.5″x2″ rectangle of fabric.
Take your big rectangle of fabric and press the short edges in 1/4″. Next press the whole strip in half lengthwise (keeping the short edges folded. Unfold and press each raw edge in to the crease line. Fold one more time so both raw edges are encased. Topstitch the open three edges. You can topstitch the folded long edge for looks if you desire.
Next thread the wrist strap through the bottom of your swivel snap. You will keep the snap on one open edge. Fold the strap in half, bringing the opposite edge up toward snap. Fold extra fabric above snap down on top of bottom you just folded up. Topstitch both in place multiple times to secure.
Before going to the next step fold your tiny piece in half and lay it on the left side of the wallet in the middle between the two pockets. Leave about 1/4″ hanging over the edge. You may baste it in place to secure it, or pin it to the body pieces when moving onto the next step. Continue with the wallet steps as laid out in the pattern. When you stitch over the wrist strap tab, I would stitch it multiple times to secure.
Once your wallet is all sewn up, simply clip the wrist strap onto the tab you made and you are done! Easy removable wrist strap!!
Don’t forget to share your creations and use #deluxewallet or #theeverydaywallet and tag me so I can see them! I would also love to have you in my Facebook group where you can share you finished products and inspire others!