You’ve seen my large girly wallet, well I had a friend ask me to make a smaller wallet. I admit mine is rather large and doesn’t fit well in your hand if you just want to carry it around, it’s better for a purse, I mean bag. So when she asked I knew why and I knew exactly which wallet I was going to make and I was super excited!! She agreed that it was the perfect wallet and off I went to crack another pattern. This time I added some some of my own touches to it. My friend wanted a place to put money so I made a money pocket in the back. She picked out a great fabric for the outside and I jumped for joy when I found a red that had all the same shades as the red flowers did. Side Note: I love the fabric store around me 45 minutes away from me (Wish Upon A Quilt). Even if you’re not in the Raleigh area you should check them out, everything is online and can be ordered from their store. Anyways, back to the wallet. It’s got a spot for 6 bank cards and cash. Simple and perfect for the person who will be receiving it.
Please ignore my not so lovely deck, it’s a better background then my dirty living room floor and sunny pictures are nicer picture.
The only thing I don’t like about the wallet right now is that I could do a sewn border all the way around, because I didn’t do it before I folded it in half, and now I wish I had. It would have looked better, at least to me it would have. Well the next wallet will get that. I love it though, don’t you? Small enough to carry around where you need to, yet big enough to fit everything.
So there you have it, let me know what you think or if you want one/the pattern for yourself. I have to go, time to find the cat that is snoring/purring while they are sleeping.
As I said I would blog about my adventures of becoming girly. Well here’s the first adventure….enjoy! Since I was 16 or 17 I’ve always carried a black guys 3 fold wallet. Never anything different, come to think of it I’ve only had 2 wallets exactly the same. It’s always been carried in my back pocket and held everything I need. That is until I got tired of not having pens or pencils when I needed them, upon many other things. So I decided that I needed something more. The first thought was a bag (I refuse to call it a purse yet), as of now my backpack acts as my bag (my husband calls it my purse). And it all my life I’ve never really owned a bag so girly change #1. It’s a pain to carry my backpack everywhere and I wanted something more girly then a dark green JanSport backpack that I’ve had for 12 years. You know something cute and fashionable! So I picked out a bag pattern and then decided I was going to make a cute wallet first. I found TONS of tutorials online but didn’t really like any of them. I finally found a picture of one I loved!! I mean the super cute and loved loved loved it wallet. However there was no tutorial for it. Bummer…
But!! The there were tons of pictures and the dimensions of the wallet opened and closed were written under the wallet pictures. Since I’m a total math geek this was right up my ally! Two hours later and BOMB…I had a pattern all written up. A few more hours later, many more hours later it all came together! So cute and perfect for everything.
I think the first draft went great, I’ve got to add a 1/2″ here and a 1/4″ there. But I love it and it works much better then my guys tri-fold. So much cuter to! If I do say so myself.
I loved making it, and will be making more. It’s large but it holds everything. For the first time I have a place to put change that’s NOT in my pocket! I finally won’t find loose change floating around my car because it fell out of my pocket. Now it’s time to make the bag to to this cute wallet in!
A little while ago my black boring laptop case broke, and there was much rejoicing on my part!! The one that said Case Logic on it and was totally free. The one that my laptop was a tad big for but it was stretchy material so it molded itself around the laptop. I guess all the stretching got to it because the zipper part just fell right off the zipper teeth. I couldn’t just use a non-closing laptop case, ESPECIALLY since it was open on the longer side and the laptop could fall out if I took it out of my backpack the wrong way. For a few weeks I used it and was just very careful to make sure my laptop didn’t spill on the floor and break into pieces. This is where my ingenious husband comes in. While I was figuring out where to get an awesome new case and how much it would cost us; he suggested making one. I thought it was a great idea and went on the hunt for a pattern to make a new case. I wasn’t confident enough to make the pattern myself, but I could follow a tutorial. So thanks to Elisabeth from Oh, Fransson! I was able to make a nice case for my laptop. You can find the tutorial here. I love it because it was simple and made me use fabric that I hadn’t before (interfacing and fleece). Not to mention a trip to the fabric store! Here’s how it turned out.
I would make one again but with some alterations. I love that the laptop fits in there quite snugly, but I don’t like that there is no place for me to put my power cord. It works great when I have it in my book bag (where it resides most of the time), but on the day I just need my laptop the cord it a hassle to carry. So the next one will have a pocket for that.
The Velcro was pretty easy to put on, next time I think I’ll something a little more decorative (I’m becoming more girly as the days go on). All in all I am very happy with how it came out. And what better way to show my school pride? Let’s Go Hokies!!! Hummm….maybe I’ll make one for my soon to be brother-in-law, he’s been accepted to Virginia Tech and needs some Hokie stuff to show his pride.
After a two and a half years of my sewing machine staying in it’s box, Ross convinced me to pull it out. And somehow that lead to me quilting. I love doing it, so relaxing and fun. Here’s some pictures of the first quilt I made after getting my machine out. I made it for Lorren’s 2nd little girl Hailey.
Since then I’ve made three others. Stay tuned for pictures of those and my venture into becoming girly.
Rugged Squares Quilt
One of The Squares
Back, I Love This Fabric!!!
You know that song by Steven Curtis Chapman? The one that goes…
“I’m diving in, I’m going deep in over
my head, I want to be
Caught in the rush, lost in the flow,
in over my head, I want to go
The river’s deep, the river’s wide,
the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim, I’m diving in”
I know he’s talking about diving in and having total faith in God, which I do. I also feel that that’s where I am now, with this blog and plans for the future. I dove in and here I am writing about my creations and thoughts. I’m so excited to be doing this. And yet, I have no clue what I’m doing. I’d love for you to join me in this journey of what this blog will hold. Let me know what you think, the great and the not so great. So here we go….I’m diving in…