Zip Around Town Wallet Sewing Pattern
- Finished Size: 5” wide x 8” tall x 3/4” deep
- 31 pages of full-color, detailed instructions with 170+ photos
- 9 computer-generated pattern pieces that you print at home
- 41 pages total including pattern pieces and instructions
- Full enclosed with a zip around closure
- Six card slots + ID Pocket
- Zippered cash pocket + Phone slip pocket (Fits the large iPhone)
- Wristlet strap
- Requires one 22″ or longer #4.5 YKK long pull purse zipper
- Requires one 8″ or longer #3 zipper
- Requires one 1/2” D-Ring + One lobster clasp for strap
- This is a PDF Sewing Pattern.
- You must be able to save, and print a PDF file.
- Download link is provided after purchase.
- Sorry, no refunds on digital products.
This long awaited Zip Around Town Wallet is FINALLY here!
Over the years, I’ve been repeatedly asked to create a zip around wallet. And occasionally, I would have an idea, and try it out, and fail. And eventually I became an expert in how NOT to sew a zip around wallet. Earlier this year I was nearly there, and I decided it was time to become an expert in how TO sew a zip around wallet. My goal was to end up with professional, commercial looking zipper ends where the zipper pull can be tucked in and a fully topstitched exterior – two things that seemed to be incompatible with a domestic sewing machine. Basically, I needed to emulate the way these are glued and stitched on specialty commercial machines (and only a bit of basting tape and fray block!) By eliminating as much bulk as possible from all layers and adding some trickery with the pattern pieces, I’ve made it possible to turn and topstitch this wallet (which keeps the layers aligned!) without sacrificing structure or breaking a whole pack of needles!
This wallet is not a super time consuming sew and it isn’t a fabric hog either. I hope that makes up for the complexity of the zipper installation! The way the card slots are constructed only takes a few minutes to sew and the zippered cash pocket shares pieces with the phone pocket, combining those steps for a quick finish. Don’t be too intimidated, or if you are please pop into the Facebook Group and ask some questions! This isn’t a beginner bag pattern due to the level of accuracy required, but the steps are broken out in detail just like all of my other patterns so there shouldn’t be any confusion.
Check the blog for more info and tester photos. I know none of you want to wait another minute for this pattern release!
Main Fabric: 1/3 yard (or Fat Quarter) of essex linen, canvas, quilting cotton, or home dec fabric
Lining Fabric: 1/2 yard of thin quilting cotton
12 Gauge Clear Vinyl: 2 1/2” x 3 3/4” piece (For optional ID Pocket)
Woven Fusible Interfacing (Pellon SF-101 or similar, 20” wide): 1 yard
Pellon Peltex 70 Sew-in Interfacing (or similar, 20” wide): 1/4 yard
One 22” or longer nylon #4.5 YKK 1 1/4” wide long pull purse zipper
One 8” or longer nylon #3 standard 1” zipper
One 1/2” D-Ring
One 1/2”+ lobster clasp for strap
90/14 and/or 100/16 topstitch needles, or denim needles
Hand sewing needle required (for minimal but essential hand-tacking and burying threads)
Zipper foot required (NARROW zipper foot highly recommended)
Point turner, removable marking tool, pins and/or clips, and fray block are necessary
Sewable double stick basting tape highly recommended or alternatively a fabric glue stick recommended
Rotary mat & cutter highly recommended