I’ve been teasing you all for weeks, so I am super excited to officially introduce you to my new pattern, Get Carded!
As usual, this one has a fun little story behind the name. As I was trying to come up with a new design, I asked on the Facebook page what features you wanted. Zipper coin pouch, wrist strap, lots of card pockets, etc. Leila said she liked having a clear pocket so she could flash her ID. (Insert weeks of jokes about flashing here.) Then Bob kept insisting that because there is no flat notes pocket, it’s technically a card wallet. (Which is true, but I don’t remember the last time I used a big wallet?) At some point during this I bought wine, and got carded, and thought about all of us 30-somethings who get excited when we still get carded, and then I thought of Leila flashing her ID, and this had to be the name. So, I actually, sort-of, named one of my own patterns! And it doesn’t have Zip in the name! Woo! :D
Sidenote: The ladies at the local grocery store think I only ever buy wine and bananas… because I don’t do my regular shopping there but they are the only ones who sell my $5 Lindeman’s Pinot Grigio. So I stop in every week or so to buy a bottle, and I usually buy bananas too because I like bananas and they only stay ripe a few days. So every week I’m in there getting carded to buy my wine and bananas. Oh the stories they must go home and tell… But now I can do it with my cute little wallet!!
So, let me tell you about it:
First, the inside has five card slots. Why five? Because the side with the zip is matched with the side with only two pockets. The back pocket on that side is deeper for folded notes (Sorry Bob :P) and coupons. The front pocket is perfect for your main debit or credit card that you always need to find quickly. Keeping the bulk down on this side means you have more room in the outside zip pocket for coins. Add that to the expandability of the ruffle or pleat, and even those of you who have $1 and $2 coins should be good to go. The other side has three card slots and matched with the ID pocket on the outside, so you can fill that baby up with all of your cards.
The ID pocket is constructed to give your presser foot minimal contact with the plastic.
There is a fabric option for the outside, although I would stick to coupons or receipts as this is less secure than the plastic option. (But so pretty!)
A flat version of the zipper pocket is included. This makes it a very pocketable wallet! The pleat is a nice compromise between the two. EASY to sew if you struggle with the ruffles, and still gives a bit of expandability. You may find some fabrics just work better with different options. (For example, these would look lovely flip flopped – with the flowers flat and the green one pleated!)
Add a wrist strap (instructions included!), or a tab to add a split ring, or leave it off entirely. The whole thing is only 3.5″ x 4.5″ (thickness will depend on how much you stuff in there!)
Several prototypes helped me come up with the right amount of space in the middle to make it close well whether mostly empty or packed full. :)
And finally, you can make this from two fat quarters (one for the outside, one for the inside) and there is NO hand sewing. There is a trick to this that makes it easier to sew (ALL unnecessary bulk is eliminated) and requires no hand sewing at the end. Topstitch and done! The ruffle is the slowest part, but the pleated option takes 5 minutes. Testers are reporting about 3 hours start to finish. Once you don’t need to follow the instructions step-by-step, you can probably get that down to two. That include cutting and interfacing! It’s a lot of pieces, but print your pattern on card stock and save the pieces for next time, or just rotary cut the whole thing. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop making these until you have one in all of your favorite fabrics!