I’m sure no one’s managed to avoid noticing the Fashion Revolution campaign on social media this week. Such a brilliant campaign, and I hope it reaches a lot of people. I don’t think us sewers are necessarily the main target audience (that would kind of be preaching to the converted), but I think we’re good ambassadors in terms of communicating the value of sewing skills, and also emphasising the hard work behind, and also the value of a piece of clothing.
Although we can still try to pull our weight in terms of choosing fabric that’s been ethically produced, and also avoid waste. In the spirit of this, I’ve decided to work through my massive pile of scraps, starting with the fabric I had left over from my latest Inari dress. I used to make loads of zipper pouches and make-up bags for my now closed (not sure if it’s temporary or not) Etsy shop, and they are great as a smaller scrap busting project to do in-between making clothes. My favourite tutorial is this open wide zipper pouch from Noodlehead.
This time I decided to make a new wallet for myself, as my old one had been dying slow death for some time. Here is the result.
I hate big clunky wallets and carrying too much crap with me, so this is a very small one. I actually don’t even carry a handbag, and prefer to just keep all I need in my jacket pocket.
I used this tutorial from the blog ‘Japanese Sewing Blogs’. I like the design because it has an outside pocket perfect for coins. In order to turn it into a wallet I made the following changes:
- I changed the size and dimensions of the pouch (the end result is ca 18cm by 10.5cm). To achieve this, I cut out pieces A and B at 20cm by 23cm, and the lining piece at 20cm by 26.5cm. The wallet could do with being a little less wide perhaps, but that’s a matter of preference. The zippers were quite a bit longer than needed, so I just cut them off.
- I added three credit card holders (see image below) to the right side of the lining, about 3cm from the top of the fabric. If you have loads of cards, you can just add holders to the opposite side of the lining as well.
It’s a bit mind boggling how this wallet comes together, but just trust the tutorial, and you’ll figure it out as you go along.
Because I keep a load of cards in the wallet, I didn’t bother adding any interfacing to it. The cards add all the structure you need.
In terms of scrap busting projects, there is such a wealth of inspiration online. I’ve also got a Pinterest board for fun and free kids clothing projects that require very little fabric.
What’s your favourite scrap busting project? I’ve been savings loads of teeny tiny scraps with the plan of making a small cushion or foot stool with. Know of any good tutorials or patterns for this?