Downloadable Wallet Pattern

***Note: I updated the instructions on the coin pocket (3-21-11) here on the blog. I will upload a revised version of the PDF pattern soon. After re-reading the instructions I found a better and easier to understand method of inserting the pocket. Also Rachel at The Titus 2 Homemaker has a great photo filled tutorial on inserting the pocket. Thanks Rachel!

I intended on posting a pattern for this wallet sooner after I shared it but stress at work and complicated instructions got the best of me and it took me an extra couple days to finish. But now it is up and read to download!

Click to Download the PDF Pattern! As always, print without scaling and match up the lines and notches of each sheet. Included is a mini diagram of what all the pieces should look like together.

I designed this wallet on the fly with a ruler and hoped for the best. I used the finished measurements to make the pattern pieces.

If you’ve never made a wallet before here are a few tips:

– It seems like a lot of work but it isn’t. Really, it’s just a lot of folding, layering and top stitching. But to be safe read and reread the instructions until you can picture making the wallet in your mind. That will help keep you from getting confused in the midst of sewing.
– I thought I could get away with using minimal interfacing but the resulting wallet isn’t stiff enough for my tastes. I recommend (and the pattern calls for) fusing interfacing to the wrong sides of all pattern pieces.
– Obviously this wallet is meant to hold American dollars – you people with the Euros and all those different sized currencies… well, sorry. Perhaps you could adjust your measurements or just fold your bills if they are too big for the pockets.

Also: Because I’m all about using scraps and/or minimal amounts of fabric I made this pattern so as not to waste fabric. If you fuse interfacing to the wrong sides of the interior pockets then that interfacing will be exposed *inside* the pockets. You won’t see the interfacing by looking at the wallet but if you pull back the money pocket, for example, and look underneath you can see it. If this sort of unfinished-ness bothers you, just cut an extra piece for those pockets and instead of folding under and topstitching the edges of the fabric, sew the two fabric pieces you cut together by folding the edges down 1/2 in and matching the pieces with wrong sides facing and top stitch together.

1. Cut out all pieces and apply interfacing. On the Outside, cut along the dotted line in the center of the piece. Fold back the opening underneath to the wrong side of fabric. This will be where we insert the zipped pocket.

Note: After making this pocket I realized there was a better way to do it so I changed the pattern pieces and instructions to match the better way. The pictures depicting the pocket may not look exactly like yours but you can get the idea.

2. Pin the top edge of the Coin Pocket Lower right side to the top edge of the zipper wrong side, matching long edge. Stitch 1/8 in seam along the edge.

Note: since I originally made my wallet’s pocket a different size my pocket piece is smaller than yours will be but this image still helps you put the idea into perspective.

3. Pin the top edge of the Coin Pocket Upper right side to the bottom edge o the zipper wrong side. Stitch 1/8 in seam along the edge. Pull back fabric and press seam so that zipper is flat.

Now we have to attach the coin pocket to the Outside.  

4. First, make sure the zipper is facing up and the two fabric pieces are separated from each other and fabric right side is facing down and zipper right side facing up. Center the cut opening of the Outside on top of the zipper and pin the opening to the zipper. Attach the Outside to the zipper by stitching all the way around the edge of the cut opening.

5. Next, to close the coin pocket, fold back the Coin Pocket Lower piece so the bottom edge matches up with the bottom edges of the Coin Pocket Upper Piece, pin. Stitch a 1/4th in seam along the bottom edge of the two pieces. Press the pocket flat against the Outside piece.

Yay, you’ve finished the zipped pocket. You will close up the sides of the coin pocket when you sew the Outside and Inside pieces together.

6. For the interior pockets fold under the top edges (the sides that will be open to slip money/cards into) 1/4 in. Press, fold under again 1/4 in and topstitch.

7. Layer the Money Pockets over each other, right sides facing up with bottom edges matching. With them together, fold under 1/4 in. Press, fold under again 1/4 in. Place the pockets’ bottom edge along the dotted line on the Inside. Pin and topstitch.

8. Match the bottom edge of the Card Pocket to the straight edge of the Inside. Pin and topstitch along dotted lines to create dividers.

Now the interior is taking shape. All that is left is to attach the inside to the outside and create the closure.

9. On the Outside, attach button over the small circle.

10. Make a loop out of a piece of trim or ribbon long enough to fit around the button. Place the loop on the Outside with the raw edges matching the raw edge of the fabric, pin.

11. If you want to include trim or piping around the outer edge of the wallet, now is the time to do that. If not, skip to #12. Place trim along seam line of long and curved edges of the Outside (right side facing up). Stitch.

12. Right sides facing pin Outside and Inside together matching raw edges. Stitch around long and curved edges. Turn wallet right side out.

Now it kind of looks a little like an oven mitt with pockets but next we’ll close up that last open edge. Oh, and ignore the fact that I haven’t added a button yet…

13. Fold under the opening of the bottom of the wallet 1/4 in. Press with iron and top stitch closed.

Phew, I swear making this wallet was less difficult than trying to explain HOW to make this wallet. Please ask questions if you have any!

  • YES! wallet this weekend for me!

  • Yet another little gem!!

  • I just might have to make this, someday… when I have some free time :). Thanks for sharing.

  • Wow! That’s great!! I found your blog through Burda Styles because of your free dress pattern (if it’s free it’s for me is our motto!).

    I think it’s awesome that you are designing your own stuff.

  • NICE! I love that you went with the pompom trim, nice touch. I never feel bold enough to go with a Dia de los Muertos fabric, but in basic red/black I think I could swing it– very inspiring.

  • Please help!

    Thank you very much for this pattern; it looks fantastic. Unfortunately, try as I might, I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to do with the coin pocket. Can you clarify which edges of what are supposed to match up? (For instance, it says “matching long edges” at one point, but there are two long edges. And I’m still not sure which part of the zipper I’m attaching it to.) I know it shouldn’t be complicated to actually do, but I can’t figure out the instructions.

    Thank you!!

  • Rachel, let me see if I can help!

    Both of the pieces for the coin pocket are rectangles so their longer edges are equal length. You can pick either long edge as your top or bottom (so there is a top and bottom edge for each rectangle). Maybe make a mark with a pen or tailors chalk to mark the top edges.

    Your zipper has two long sides as well. You’ll need to pick which long edge of the zipper will be your top and bottom edge as well. Mark the top of the zipper, too.

    Now with right side of fabric facing the wrong side of the zipper, match up the top edge of the larger of the two rectangles to the top edge of your zipper and stitch together.

    So in this image:
    You can see the right side of the zipper is facing up so the right side of my larger rectangle is attached to the wrong side of the zipper).

    For the smaller rectangle (still, right side fabric facing wrong side zipper) match the top edge of the small rectangle to the *bottom* edge of the zipper and stitch.

    Now both rectangles are attached to the zipper. Next we close the bottom of the pocket by matching up the bottom edges of the rectangles (right sides facing) and stitching those together.

    After that you’re pocket is finished and you just need to insert it into the whole cut on the big outside piece.

    This image might give you a better visual:

    You can see the coin pocket with wrong side of the smaller rectangle. The zipper is open and between the zipper teeth you can see the right side of the larger rectangle. The bottom of the image shows that bottom stitch line stitching the two rectangles together. (Note: in this photo I already stitched the shorter sides closed but you don’t have to do that until you sew the whole wallet together.)

    I hope that helps! It sounds more complicated than it is. If you’re still struggling I can make another version and take more pictures tonight. Thanks so much for trying the pattern! It helps me to make better patterns when people tell me what parts they have trouble with.

  • Thanks! I finally figured it out. I took pictures as I made it, because my fabrics contrast really well, and I’ve posted them on my blog, which should probably show up here as a trackback.

    I think the instructions are missing a step, though. Unless I overlooked it, the instructions never say to sew up the bottom of the coin pocket. (You did mention that in your reply to me, but I didn’t see it in the printed instructions.) It could be really frustrating to get the whole wallet assembled and then have money falling all into the inside corners!

  • Wow, Rachel, thank you so much for cluing me in on that mishap. I’m going to correct that missing step when I get back home. I’m glad you figured it out. I’m sorry it was so frustrating but I’m glad you told me about it so I can do a better job in the future 😉

  • Thank you so much for the pattern! The wallet is great, and now that I have figured out the instructions, I should be able to make the next one pretty easily. 🙂

    And my post with the pictures is here: Wallet post

  • If there’s any time you need to make a MUSLIN first, THIS IS IT. OMG, this was awkward, confusing, and if you wait just long enough… ‘AHHHH… I get it’ kicks in. whew!.

  • Gail, I’m glad you could figure it out eventually. If along the way you though of a better way of making the pattern or phrasing the instructions I’d appreciate it a lot! I agree, with so much folding and rectangles that look the same, it’s easy to get confused but after it is finished it makes more sense.

  • The zipper construction could be clearer if you explain that the outer edges of the zipper (left and right) should overlap edges of the coin pocket (upper and lower) by 1/8th inch. I was trying to sew it like a normal zipper, the I realized ‘look at it from the outside in’. You also recommended interfacing, but your sample doesn’t show interfacing (or doesn’t look like it). I used a light upholstery fabric with a pillow ticking for the inside pieces. My mistake was that I used CRAFT interfacing for the pillow ticking and it really stiffened up. Could be good for a sturdy wallet, or tough to construct. And, finally, when I folded up the wallet with the credit cards in it, it was awfully tight. I took out one of the two stitchings for the three credit card slots and put the cards in side ways (an additional card fit in the coin area. I’ll post a picture of the final project later. *If* I do it again, I’ll probably not interface it and I’ll cut it just a tad (1/4″) longer. (I’m sure I made many mistakes along the way to account for the odd fit. 😐

  • Here’s my effort … No, the zipper doesn’t match, but it’s all I had. And, yes, the elastic is going to give out soon, but again, that’s what I had.

  • Thanks Gail for the critiques. I think I’m going to make a wallet 2.0 for myself so I can test out everything and make the instructions better. But thank you again. When you make a pattern it always seems easier to you because you’ve made it. It’s more difficult to imagine how another person would see it for the first time. Your wallet looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  • Just finished mine! =D I’m a little slow when it comes to following instructions, but with a little brainstorming I figured it out.

    I love it! Thanks!

    <3 Courtney

  • Well shoot…I guess I am a follower now. I keep coming over here form pinterest looking at some pattern. I guess I better just be able to see everything that comes up! Love the stuff!

  • Ella

    Thanks so much for this pattern! I’m somewhat of a beginner sewer and unknowingly used some old corduroy pants as my material! Needless to say, I broke a needle and the fabric didn’t match up perfectly, but I am quite proud of the result! Thanks so much for the pattern and idea!
    Also, on a side note, the pocket was really confusing me and as I dreamt one night, I was able to figure it out in my dream and do it the next day! How cool is that?

  • Hi. This tutorial is amazing – it has very clear pictures and instructions. I have linked you on my blog:


  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the great pattern!! However, I was wondering why the dotted lines didn’t print when I printed the pattern. Do you know why? And if not, what are the measurements for the dotted lines on the Card Pocket? Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Oh wait, never mind. If I download the PDF file and print it from that it works… Sorry. Oh new question – The printed sizes for the PDF file and the pdf link are different. Which one should I use??

  • Gene

    Do I need to hem the edges before beginning the project?

  • Gene

    If the fabric is going to be wrong side up and the zipper’s right side up (Step 4), then when you sew the Coin Pocket Upper (Step 3), shouldn’t that piece be wrong side facing the zipper’s wrong side?


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  • Aleen Luna

    hello!Thanks for posting the instructions on how to make the wallet. But I have a question. How do I print the pattern on fabric?Thank you!

  • You don’t, you print the pattern on paper and cut it out and use the pattern to trace onto fabric.

  • Donna Powell

    Hey Dixie, glad I found your website. I too live in Austin!! And I am a crafter, and love to sew!! Thanks for the wallet pattern. Can’t wait to make it.

  • Heather

    Thank you so much for your photos! I couldn’t figure out the money pockets to save my life…your interior photo helped a ton!