Clothing · sewing

Jeans: Part 2

The tiny little baby shoes used a very small piece of the pants. I had been wanting a new wallet for a while since mine had been slowly deteriorating so I decided to try making one out of denim. It was not the most successful, but I am using it, so that has to count for somthing.

I have sewn a wallet-like object before, but I freehanded this and spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to make it work. I used my old, worn out wallet for some dimensions and I also wanted to use some of the features that were already made like the zipper and pockets of the jeans.

Level of difficulty: Hard, there isn’t a pattern to follow

Time needed: 30 minutes

Supplies needed:

  • Old jeans
  • Cotton for lining
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
1. Choose what features you want.

I knew that I wanted a zipper pocket for coins and I also wanted to use the pockets of the jeans to hold my cards. I would have used the back pockets, but I had already used that for the shoes. The waistband button and button hole idea came to me a bit later, but works like a charm to keep the wallet closed.

2. Measure and cut your material.

I got some measurements from my old wallet and used these to cut out rectangles for each piece. My measurements were 9″ by 6″. I had two different peices for both the outside and inside, so the goal in the end was to have two 9×6″ rectangles to sew together.

3. Put it all together

First I assembled all of the pieces to create the pockets in the middle. Then I sewed the zipper over the outside layer. After sewing together two slightly smaller pieces for the lining, I sewed that in and finished it up with some top stitching.

Like many of my ‘brilliant’ ideas, it didn’t take long for me to realize why more people didn’t make wallets from these handy ready-made pockets and zippers. Denim is thick. Many sewing machines can’t handle 5 layers of it. Mine did fairly well, but i had to leave the bottom of the zipper without topstitching because it was too thick and awkward.

I think if I hadn’t use this crotch zipper in the design, I would be happier overall with the finished wallet.

Check out part 3


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