21 December, 2016

Cork Wallet

 One of the nephews suffers from  having a December 18th birthday.
At 14 years old, I think it's high time he learns about the combined birthday/Christmas gift.

Of course I caved.
I'm the airplane auntie.

 This was a quick, easy sew. I would do one part different, but otherwise the directions were very clear to follow.

Made with cork fabric, the pattern is designed with non-fraying materials in mind. This produces a very thin wallet.

The back piece is cork and it is 'lined' with cotton fabric (did you notice the airplanes?).
The pattern has you cut the cork and cotton lining separately and then make them the same size by folding in the 'seam allowances' of the cotton fabric just so and it will magically match the cork fabric dimensions. Sure. Between the cotton stretching as I ironed the raw edges under and the cork stretching a wee bit. Ahem.

But I have a solution of cutting the cotton fabric first. Then I will use a template cut from card stock that is near the finished size to help with ironing the raw edges under. Then I will lay my finished cotton lining on top of the cork fabric and draw an outline and cut out. Then they will match easier.

Except for turning the raw edges under on the cotton lining, all other edges are raw - hence the name of the pattern - Rawly Wallet by Clo Bird Designs.

 There is a 3-piece credit card pocket on the right side of the wallet and an ID slip pocket on the left. You can customize by adding more card pockets to both sides. You can add decoration to the front or onto the pocket. I added a piece of the fabric selvedge to the ID pocket - "Flying High".

Folded in half, it's quite slim.

I'm going to make more of these as these wallets are quick to sew.


  1. That is a classy gift.. I hope he loves it and uses it forever and ever. You're such a good auntie!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. That is really a nice wallet. I love these personalized gifts you make! I cave too...my hubby's birthday is December 14.

  3. I have to get me some of that cork fabric. That's an awesome wallet and perfect for a teenage boy.

  4. It's a huge pet peeve of mine when I get halloween cards and the sender has written "happy birthday" inside. ha ha!

    Nice wallet.

    1. Who would be so crass? To mix up major holidays and an individual's best day of the year?

  5. Super cool wallet. I made some candy Airplanes from your tutorial and they were a big hit!


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