One Yard Wonders – Orangizer Wallet


I’ve already made something from this awesome book!


I like making wallets. Even though I already have a bunch of handmade ones I just love sewing all the little pockets and feeling organized when I finish.


I wanted to make this wallet because my old oilcloth wallet I was using was getting torn up and the magnetic snap wallet had ripped through the oilcloth. I intended to re-use the magnetic snap on this new wallet but the darn snap was so strong that it practically ripped this fabric, too! So I ditched the snap and used a big button instead.


Maybe the magnetic snap will worth with super thick heavy duty fabrics but for now I’m sticking that thing far back in my notions box.


I followed all the directions except for the zipper instalation. I didn’t want the raw edges of the zipper exposed even inside the zip pocket so I stitched the zipper in between the front and lining piece, rather than behind both pieces.


Otherwise the wallet went together pretty smoothly. I love quick little projects like this!

The fabric is leftover from this little girl’s dress. I’m on a roll with stash busting lately!!

***Oh, and guess what?? At my monthly sewing meet up last week one of the lovely ladies (who also loves this book) suggested that we form a new kind of book club –  a sewing book club. Basically it means that each month or so the group picks a sewing/craft project book. We then later all meet together and show off and review projects made from that book. We’re starting with One Yard Wonders: Fabric by Fabric. If that one goes well I’m thinking the new Colette Sewing Handbook would be fun to do next. But I need help! I need to come up with a nifty name for our book club – something that incorporates sewing and books. I’m not good at name picking. So give me your ideas and let me blatantly plagiarize you!! Many thanks in advance!

  • Wow, I’m impressed! That is one cute wallet. And the proportions are perfect. What do you use underneath to ‘stablise’ the fabric?

    • Just good ol’ fusible interfacing. I should have used lightweight for the inner pieces and heavyweight for the outer but I only had medium weight so I used that. The pattern also calls for some double sided fusible but I have such a hard time with that stuff that I just used regular one sided instead.

  • Ladies Sew Into Books. 😛 I love puns.

    • That’s kinda lame, but you get the idea. haha.

    • I, too, love puns. 😉 Btw, the first meetin is 2nd Thursday in march so if you can get off work a little early that day you should totally come! You can borrow my book if you’d like.

  • I’m still not so confident in my sewing skills. I started working on the 2nd version of the cardigan pattern with the fabric I got at Common Thread. I’ll see how I feel once I finish this project and possibly one more in between.

    • Well, the meet up isn’t until march 15th now so you have lots of time 😉 and if you want to, you can come over and we can make a project together or something.

  • Love the wallet! Now I have to get the book!!