Back to school sewing

After enjoying a fabulous holiday in Japan, it’s back to school next week. I had been meaning to get R a new wallet since she had been using her old one for 1.5 yrs and it now looks like this. It looks even blacker on the inside ;P

And of course I was itching to sew one. Since I bought a whole suitcase full of fabrics back, I better put some to good use. So I finally caved and used the stash from the last Japan trip 6 months ago. I can’t bear to use the new fabrics yet. Well, technically only the main fabric is from Japan. The rest were bits and pieces of scrap fabrics leftover from making dresses.

And here it is! Made from a tutorial from Modest Maven, except that I modified one side of it to incorporate a zipper pocket since she needs one for her coins. Unfortunately, my machine can’t quite deal with thick layers. So it’s time for a upgrade. No, did I say that out loud? I mean, just ignore the crooked stitches :)


Used a cheap zipper from Daiso because of the cute zipper pull. I sure hope the zip holds up well to the abuse! Name label bought from Japan. It’s an iron on but I sewed it on because I find iron on labels tend to peel off after a while. Will be using alphabet rubber stamps with fabric ink to stamp on her name later.

Her old wallet had a springy extension that allowed the wallet to be clipped on the pocket so that it is less likely for them to lose the wallet or drop it while running around. I re-used the hardware but replaced the springy thingy with a ribbon because it drove me mad when she swung her wallet around using the extension. ;)

Not very neat looking work, but I think it’s cute! And it was quick and easy. Took only about an hour to make. Can’t wait for school to reopen!



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  • June 21, 2012 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Very sweet wallet. Those materials are so lovely. I have the same problem with newly purchased fabrics. I have such a hard time using them right away! I just made a skirt with a fabric I bought in 2009! I call it the “purchase resting period”.

    I so wish I had brought back more fabric from a recent trip to Japan!

  • June 21, 2012 - 4:28 pm | Permalink

    So cuute! Looking forward seeing your new fabrics in action :)

  • Min
    June 24, 2012 - 7:57 am | Permalink

    Haha, I totally agree with the kids using the extension spring to swing around!!

    Can I know which shop in Japan did you get the fabrics? And are they expensive compared to Singapore? I am thinking of going Japan too in Dec hols, but have totally no idea where to look out for fabrics.

  • August 21, 2012 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    I love this sweet girly wallet .. love to make one <3

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