How to Sew a Leather Wallet: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners.
Sewing a leather wallet is a fun and rewarding craft, perfect for beginners or anyone who’s looking for an easy project. It also offers the opportunity to make something one-of-a-kind, which can be especially valuable when you want to stand out in the sea of mass-produced goods. If you’re considering giving it a try, take this step-by-step guide to help you through the process.
Sewing a leather wallet is not difficult; it just takes time and patience. Keep in mind that your wallet will require some time to fully dry, so plan accordingly.
What you’ll need
1 piece of material (fabric), 12″ x 6″ – this will be your wallet’s outer layer
1 piece of material (fabric), 4″ x 6″ – this will be your wallet’s lining
2 pieces of fabric, 1/4″ x 7″- these will.
Cutting out your pieces
1. Cut out the outer layer of fabric, 12″ x 6″.
2. Cut out the lining fabric, 4″ x 6″.
3. Cut two pieces of fabric, 1/4″ x 7″, for button loops.
4. Position your wallet pattern right side up on your cutting mat and cut out the corresponding shape with sharp scissors.
5. Cut a strip of fabric to serve as your pocket’s card slot, 20″ by 1.”
6. Measure 2” from one end of the card slot strip and mark it with a pen or pencil .
7. Sew across the width of the card slot strip at this point ½” from either edge, making sure not to sew all the way through to the other side.
Sewing the wallet
1. Cut your outer layer of fabric to 12″ x 6″.
2. Sew two pieces of fabric together to create the liner, 4″ x 6″. You will be sewing these pieces right side out, with the inside lining together.
3. Fold your outer piece in half, with the right sides facing each other.
4. Lay your liner on top of the outer piece, again with the right sides facing each of them and line up the edges.
5. Pin around three sides then sew up one side, flip it over and sew down that same side, then pivot and pivot again to complete the seam on both ends of the wallet.
6. Sew a strip across one end of your liner making sure not to get too close to the edge where you’ll be flipping it up later on in this step- by-step guide. This will serve as a closure for your wallet later on in this project when you’re finished sewing it together 7.–10).
8.–9). Flip over your liner and fold up about 1/2 of an inch from one end (10). Tuck that end end into itself and sew it shut with a running stitch (11). Repeat with the other end if necessary to ensure a tight seam on both ends (12).
11.). Flip back over so that it’s right side out and lay flat once more on top of your outer piece so that they are aligned, wrong sides
Finishing and drying
When you’ve finished sewing your wallet, you’ll want to finish the edges. You can do this with a zigzag stitch, a grosgrain zipper, or a piece of fabric.
After sewing and finishing your wallet, you’ll need to let it dry. A quick way for this is to place it inside of an oven set at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. This will help ensure that any glue has enough time to dry before its final use. Leave your wallet in the oven until it reaches room temperature (about one hour) and then take it out and let it cool completely.
Finally, when you are ready to use your leather wallet, make sure to condition the outside with leather oil or lotion every six months (twice per year).
In this guide, we will show you how to sew a leather wallet. You will need a sewing machine, a piece of scrap leather, a cutting mat, a ruler and a pen.
You will need to cut out the six pieces of the wallet: the outer fabric, the inner fabric, and four pieces of leather for the pockets and stitching.
When you’re ready to start sewing, place the wrong-side of your outer fabric and your pocket pieces right-side up. Place your inner fabric on top, then place your other pocket pieces on top of that.
Sew along the edges of all the pieces, then fold the wallet in half and sew up the sides. Finally, sew the edges of the pockets to secure them in place and you’re done!