How to Make a Grab and Go No-Sew Wallet
Sometimes I don’t need or want to carry a large wallet. A little something to hold my I.D. and a credit card, maybe a few bucks is enough. I thought I’d make one such grab and go wallet using the Panasonic Cordless Iron (model NI-L70SR). To give the iron a real workout, I decided to make the wallet no-sew.
This project takes about an hour to complete, if that. Also, it’s a great way to get rid of leftovers!
What you need:
- 1 – 5″ x 12″ piece of (blue) fabric for outside of wallet (I had some left over fat-quarters that worked perfectly)
- 1 – 4″ x 11″ piece of (polka dot) fabric for lining.
- 1 – 4″ x 11 piece of Heat n’ Bond
- 1/4″ Steam-A-Seam
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- 1 snap (hammer & wooden spool)
- An iron. Yes, I used the Panasonic Cordless Iron for the entire project
What you do:
Center the Heat n’ Bond on the wrong side of the 4″ x 11″ fabric. Iron in place, using instructions on package. Let cool and trim edges if necessary.
Peal off the paper on the Heat n’ Bond and center on the 5″ x 12″ fabric–wrong sides together. Press in place.
Fold over the edges of the 5″ x 12″ fabric 1/4″.
Trim corners to mitre; fold over 1/4″ one more time. Press well.
Cut two lengths of Steam-A-Seam (about 2″ long each) and position them under the hem at the middle of the long sides. Press as directed.
Fold both sides of the piece 2 & 1/4″ toward the center; press.
Cut 4 lengths of 2 1/4″ Steam-A-Seam.
Open up wallet; place one at each fold as shown; press.
Now find the center of the outside fold. It should be at 2″. Mark.
Slip the pokey side of the snap inside one of the sides of the wallet.
Set one of the sides of the snaps onto the pokies; center a wooden spool over the snap and smack on it with a hammer.
Slip another pokey bit into the other side of the wallet; push it through and fold the wallet in half, just to make sure both sides of the snap will line up.
If they do, go ahead and smack on that side too.
When both sides of the snaps are in place, fold the wallet in half, snap the snap and then iron well.
Perfection! And just the right size for the necessities.