Oil Cloth Wallet

Oilcloth Wallet

I’ve been sewing for how many years now? 8? 10? And I’ve never sewn oil cloth before today.

For some reason I got it into my head that I wanted to make a wallet today so I went to the store after work and bought some fabric. Ever have those spontaneous needs to create?

Oilcloth Wallet

This pattern is one I whipped up myself although it ended up simpler than I originally designed (my machine kept jamming with too many layers of oil cloth, at least, that’s my conclusion).

Oilcloth Wallet

My one problem – I used a magnetic clasp for the closure on the wallet and I didn’t position it well – too far away from the edge of the flap. 

Oilcloth Wallet

Now, I blame this partially on how I adjusted my original pattern idea because all those layers jamming my machine. It threw off my perfectly designed closure plan and by that point I’d already punched my holes so I was committed. Oops. But the thing still works so I’m gonna use it.

I like the oil cloth because it’s flexible but not floppy and it’s pretty easy to keep clean. And this wallet is a little shorter than the last one I made so it fits in my new smaller purse. Cha-ching!

  • I love this! I keep meaning to give oil cloth a go – maybe this will push me into doing it!

  • Like your wallet, but take care that the magnetic closure doesn’t causes problems with any cards that have a magnetic strip.

  • Cute! I always check out the oil cloth but have never bought any. I actually just bought a scrap of leather to make a little wallet.

  • this fabric is adorable! where did you find it, a local fabric store or a big chain? good job too!

  • Thanks all!

    Coqueta – local store. I don’t remember the specific brand or name.

    Piggy – thanks, I didn’t think about that. I just found a bag of those magnetic clasps at the store and I had never used them before so I bought one. My original design was going to use velcro.

    liza jane – I’ve never worked with real leather, either, and I really want to try making a smaller wallet with it someday.

    Suzie – I really like the oil cloth look. I want to use the leftovers of that fabric to make a little zipped pouch.

  • I really like this! The pattern is so cute.