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The Essential Wristlet

from Dog Under My Desk
(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Essential Wristlet
The Essential Wristlet Bonus Features - Back Zip!
The Essential Wristlet Bonus Features - Boxed Corners - 2 sizes
The Essential Wristlet
The Essential Wristlet Small Size / Card Pocket
The Essential Wristlet Large Size / iPhone or Passport Pocket
The Essential Wristlet The Essential Wristlet

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sewing machine basics - seam allowances, stitch length & position, etc.

Pattern Description:

-16 page full color tutorial with photos + 6 pages of *bonus feature* instructions with photos (boxed corner & back zip)
-6 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (two rectangular wristlet sizes, two boxed corner sizes and two pocket sizes)
-Detailed construction and zipper instructions

The idea for this wristlet came to me before a girl's weekend trip to Canada, where I knew I would need to have my passport, hotel room key and phone on me at all times, even when just in the hotel. Since my passport doesn't fit in my wallet, that meant carrying a purse everywhere.

I ended up using my wristlet all the time after my trip, in fact most of the time I use the small size AS my wallet. (The iPhone still fits in the small size, but it won't fit in a pocket in the small size. Choose the large size if you wish to fit phone and passport.) If you're like me and carry a huge tote everywhere, it's nice to just pull out the wristlet for a quick trip into the store.

I've spent the past month and a half getting those corners *just right* so that you too can have a perfect zippered wristlet. Tabs at both ends make it difficult to open the pouch wide enough to get things in and out, and zippers in side seams give you that dented corner look. This pattern will teach you, step by step, with photos, how to fearlessly install the zipper. And once you learn the technique you can apply it to any other bag that needs a top-zip. It's a simple rectangle so that you don't need to spend time sewing darts or boxing corners. They will sew up quickly and I promise you'll love the result. Learn how to install the perfect zipper and be ready to amaze your friends when they ask where you bought your wristlet!

**UPDATE Now with bonus features!** Make a larger boxed corner wristlet for that special occasion or attempt a back zippered pocket to keep your cash & coins even more accessible!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • This bag has a zipper closure with an inside patch pocket.
  • Choose from two sizes:
  • Finished size: 7.75" wide x 5" tall with your choice of passport/phone pocket or card pocket
  • Finished size: 6.75" wide x 4.5" tall with card pocket


  • Main fabric: Fat quarter or 1/2 yard
  • Lining fabric: Fat quarter or 1/4 yard
  • Fusible interfacing: 1/2 yard (Pellon SF101)
  • Sew-in interfacing: 1/4 yard (Pellon 926 or Pellon 50) Hardware: 1 Lobster Clasp & 1 D-Ring
  • Size 80/12 or 90/14 Microtex/Sharp needles
  • Zipper Foot
  • Point turner
  • Matching Thread
  • Hand sewing needle

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