I was desperate to try something new a few days ago so I settled on these kitty pouches/bags I came across on Pinterest. The idea was to make something like those pouches and wallets as always, using what I had. This was mostly just me doing it on the spur of the moment. There was no real planning involved, or if there was it was really quick. I just gathered the materials I wanted to use, placed the reference in front of me and went at it.
It was FUN!
I made it smaller than I originally intended because of a mistake during cutting which really was a blessing. This Robert kaufman Zoology print is a very prized possession and is fast running out, given how rare it is to find something like this in the local market, I try to be as careful with it as I can.
This is my worktable and this is what I used as a reference.
The black fabric I used for the outside is actually lawn. Lawn is very thin and a bit unsuitable for bags and such but I had only this in black so I used it. Since it was thin when I tried to add interfacing to the back of it, the white was showing so I doubled each piece I cut in black.
- Firstly I cut two large black rectangles measuring 13.5″ X 9″. These two made the outside. Like I said before I cut two so the black would look black and the white of the interfacing wouldn’t show. How I made sure these pieces would be firmly attached to each other would come later.
- Then I cut two pieces of interfacing: one non-fusible, the exact same measurement as the main piece and the other fusible which is shorter in length and width. The former is softer felt and the latter is stiff and quite effective in giving shape and body.
- Then I cut the lining print of the same length and width from the zoology print.
- Now for the kitty face that would go on the flap covering the wallet. I cut two black pieces for the front and one black for the back. Two pieces of batting to make it fluffy and plush toy-like, four pieces for the ears, two for each and then felt for the nose and eye lashes. Also velcro that would go on the back of this kitty face.
- Then I folded the black piece to see how the wallet would look like. The beauty of this method is that you need only one large rectangle and that would serve as the front, back and flap of the wallet.
Another useful thing to do is to iron the folded piece to create creases that would later help you figure out where to fold when you attach the lining and main piece together and have to stitch the sides closed.
- Attached the fusible interfacing to one of the black pieces, carefully pinned all three (two black and one interfacing) and then sewed these lines with different threads. That was a quick decision. I had to make sure that the two black pieces were firmly connected somehow to make one outside piece so I did that.
- I also attached the non-fusible one to the lining print by sewing lines on it.
- I placed the outside and the lining wrong sides together, pinned it, and then sewed all the way around and also straight lines on top of the creases.
- And then I put bias tape all around the rectangle to seal the edges.
Now the kitty face! It had to go on the flap in a way that it would cover it all and the bottom of the front of the wallet as well so the velcro would be on the back of the kitty face.
- I did the ears first. Attached interfacing to each of the four pieces, placed them wrong sides together, sewed all sides except for the bottom for turning around, turned inside-out, pressed, top-stitched and sewed the white felt on them while the bottom of the ears was still raw edges.
- Then I took the two black pieces that were the front of the kitty face, attached fusible interfacing on the back where I thought the nose and the eyes would go and then stitched the felt on the face. This was before adding the batting.
- Did the same for the back except with velcro.
- To keep the batting in place, loosely stitched it to each piece all the way around before joining the two together.
- Then placed them wrong sides together making sure to add the ears symmetrically between the two, sewed all the way around leaving an opening for turning, turned (did NOT press, that would have flattened the batting and I didn’t want that) and then sewed the opening closed.
- After completing the face I attached it to the flap. And after that I added the other piece of velcro to the wallet. The sides hadn’t been stitched closed at that point.
- The last step was stitching the sides together. I’m glad I did bias tape, if I had done the whole wrong sides together and then turning right side out thing it would have been impossible to sew because of the bulk. It was still difficult to sew with the bias tape but still.
And this is how I made this wallet. I hope you liked it and learned something from it, if you didn’t, well, who cares?