The Essential Wristlet PDF Pattern

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  • 16 page full color tutorial with photos + 6 pages of *bonus feature* instructions with photos (boxed corner & back zip)
  • 6 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (two rectangular wristlet sizes, two boxed corner sizes and two pocket sizes)
  • Detailed construction and zipper instructions
  • This is a PDF Sewing Pattern. You must be able to open and print a PDF file.
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The idea for this wristlet came to me before a girl’s weekend trip to Canada, where I knew I would need to have my passport, hotel room key and phone on me at all times, even when just in the hotel. Since my passport doesn’t fit in my wallet, that meant carrying a purse everywhere.

I ended up using my wristlet all the time after my trip, in fact most of the time I use the small size AS my wallet. (The iPhone still fits in the small size, but it won’t fit in a pocket in the small size. Choose the large size if you wish to fit phone and passport.) If you’re like me and carry a huge tote everywhere, it’s nice to just pull out the wristlet for a quick trip into the store.

I’ve spent the past month and a half getting those corners *just right* so that you too can have a perfect zippered wristlet. Tabs at both ends make it difficult to open the pouch wide enough to get things in and out, and zippers in side seams give you that dented corner look. This pattern will teach you, step by step, with photos, how to fearlessly install the zipper. And once you learn the technique you can apply it to any other bag that needs a top-zip. It’s a simple rectangle so that you don’t need to spend time sewing darts or boxing corners. They will sew up quickly and I promise you’ll love the result. Learn how to install the perfect zipper and be ready to amaze your friends when they ask where you bought your wristlet!

**UPDATE 10/22 Now with bonus features!** Make a larger boxed corner wristlet for that special occasion or attempt a back zippered pocket to keep your cash & coins even more accessible!

Main fabric: Fat quarter or 1/2 yard
Lining fabric: Fat quarter or 1/4 yard
Fusible interfacing: 1/2 yard (Pellon SF101)
Sew-in interfacing: 1/4 yard (Pellon 926 or Pellon 50) Hardware: 1 Lobster Clasp & 1 D-Ring
(My favorite sizes are 1/2” or 5/8” D-Rings & Lobster Clasps)
9” or longer zipper (10″ or longer for largest boxed corner size)
Zipper foot
Size 80/12 or 90/14 Microtex/Sharp needles
Point turner
Matching Thread
Hand sewing needle

This bag has a zipper closure with an inside patch pocket.

Choose from two rectangular sizes:

Finished size: 7.75” wide x 5” tall with your choice of passport/phone pocket or card pocket
Finished size: 6.75” wide x 4.5” tall with card pocket

Choose from two boxed corner sizes:

Finished size: 7.75″ wide x 5″ tall x 1.5″ deep
Finished size: 8.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall by  2″ deep

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 8 reviews
by Robyn on

After my Two Zip Hipster turned out so well, I purchased this wristlet pattern. Love it! I finally have a use for fat eighths!

I just finished making the basic large size with a card pocket, it came out great. I will have to try out some more with the "bonus features." It fits my iPhone 6, and leaves room all around it. I also want to make another basic one of the small size because this one is a little larger than I had imagined.

by Karen on
Made every variation, more than once

Love this pattern, great instructions. Made the original in both sizes with and without the pockets, made the boxed version in both sizes, with and without pockets, made the zipped back version in the large size, with pockets. Then I made some more. I agree they are addictive and I am a junkie. Three cheers for Erin, long may she reign.

by Michele Kehler on
I get so many compliments!

I purchased this pattern and the fabric for my wristlet quite awhile ago. I finally got around to making the large wristlet and within days after finishing that one I couldn't resist starting another! The results are so professional that I get so many compliments. Thank you for your great instructions. I have two wristlets I am so proud of and I am planning to make many more.

by Michelle K on

Recently I did my second wristlet. I made a mistake on the first one, thinking, "Wow, this was harder than I thought!" When I went to do the second one I realized where I made the mistake. I didn't take my time "reading" well enough. Erin will always tell us in her directions to make sure we read the pattern through first. Well, that is definitely good advice! Once I really read the certain part I made the mistake on the first time, my second wristlet turned out like a dream! I made this one for a graduation gift, along with the Bigger on the Inside Backpack. I will fill it with college essentials!

I love Erin's patterns!

by Mariah on
Excellent Instructions

I'm new to sewing and didn't think I could make something so well-designed and finished. This pattern was so well laid out. The instructions were clear and the illustrations and photos made it super easy to understand. The bag is fantastic - it looks like a top quality product and I'm so very proud of it! Thanks for a great pattern and you can bet I will be back for more.

by Melanie on
Amazingly Detailed Pattern

Erin's patterns are so detailed and easy to follow. The photos are clear and the wording concise. This is so detailed that the novice sewist could whip this up in no time. I found the zipper insertion ingenious as well as the strap - it attaches via a clip so there is no worry of accidentally stitching it into the bag as you sew, and the clip adds an extra finishing touch.

Clever and well thought out pattern.

Thank you!

by Cathie Horne on
Dangerously Addictive Pattern

I have not done much sewing for years but due to recent retirement, I have time on my hands. I made the large boxed clutch for my daughter and she loved it and so did her friends! I have now made 3 more as well as the regular version. Requests have been made for more.

Erin's instructions are wonderfully complete and the pictures are great. I have purchased six of Erin's patterns and have not been disappointed.

Her instructions for zippers have alleviated my fears of tackling other projects. Thank you Erin for your inspiration.

by Jessica on
The Essential Wristlet is My Favorite Wristlet

I have made items from many, many patterns. Too many to count. I've even made my own patterns when I had the inspiration. The Essential Wristlet became my #1 favorite pattern the first time I made it.

The directions were clear and had an abundance of pics for anyone who is a visual learner. The finished product is a wristlet with clean lines that holds everything I need. I can fit my iPhone in the large pocket. I stick my cards, license and cash in smaller pocket and that still leave the rest of the interior my keys, gloss, hair tie and other small things.

I always make the large version with two inside pockets stacked. It's clean lines and simple shape lend it to just about any fabric design you want to use. I have also used a lot of solids and embroidered designs on them. I think The Essential Wristlet definitely looks best when you use Pellon 926. It gives it a beautiful shape and structure. I have also made several that were quilted and didn't need the Pellon. A good foundation is important for the structure of this wristlet when finished.

I feel that because the pattern is so well written and visual learning aids are provided that someone with limited sewing experience would be able to make this pattern and come out with a beautiful and professional looking wristlet. Make one to match every outfit and occasion!

Thank you Erin for a great pattern. I love it.