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I love to make things that I like to use, so I have a wide variety of patterns as a result of that. I have sewn for more years than I care to admit to...let's just say, for decades. I enjoy making ...

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The Great Wallet Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Great Wallet Bag
The Great Wallet Bag
The Great Wallet Bag
The Great Wallet Bag
The Great Wallet Bag
The Great Wallet Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • follow a pattern
  • understand basic sewing terms
  • stitch a straight line
  • be comfortable handling multiple layers at the same time

Pattern Description:

I designed this bag because I wanted a bag that was basically a wallet, and then had some extra space for anything I else I decide I need that day. When I go to a theme park for the day I have room for my rain poncho, and a snack, my keys, tissues, and have room for a little more. When I head off to an appointment there is room for my current paperback book, or eReader. I often tuck the strap to the inside and place this whole bag inside my larger bags so that I always have my necessary items in a familiar organizer. It is comfortable to wear as a crossbody bag, shoulder bag or waist bag. It has loops for your belt to fit through and can actually be strapped to your bicycle as well! I love this bag! I have been using it for several months now and it does everything I designed it to. I hope that you will find it just as pleasing to use.
2 Outside Expandable Pockets(large enough for an iPhone with a rubberized case over it!)
1 Outside Slip Pocket
12 Credit Card/Debit Card/Store Card Pockets (can easily hold 2 cards in each pocket
4 Interior Slip Pockets
3 Interior Zippered Pockets (2 Accordion Pockets, 1 wall pocket)
Key Strap
Pen/Marker/Pencil Loop
Additional Interior space between Accordion Pockets and Front and Back of Bag ( I even tucked a bottle of hand sanitizer and a pocket hairbrush inside, between the accordion pockets and zipper ends!)
Fully adjustable shoulder strap that can be adjusted no matter which side you like to wear your bag on. Can also be worn as waist bag through belt loops on the back.
Bag Zipper has double slider so you can open it up wide, or just one side, whatever you want because it opens in both directions.
Everything is tucked neatly and securely inside!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 8 3/8" wide, 6 1/2" high, bottom is 1 3/4" x 8 3/8", strap, which is 5" 10" long is adjustable from 19" drop to 33" drop. (Drop is the length from the top of the strap to the bag top.)


  • 1/2 yard Main/Outside Material
  • 1 yard Lining/Inside Material
  • (Optional) 1/2 yard medium weight fusible interfacing
  • (Optional) 1/4 yard Peltex Heavy Interfacing
  • Polypropylene webbing, 1" wide in these lengths: 2 Pieces: 7 3/8" long for Back (belt loops & hardware) ; 1 Piece: 72" long for shoulder strap; 1 Piece: 3 3/8" long for Front (hardware loop)
  • Two Magnetic Snaps (or you can substitute VELCRO or Snaps)
  • 3X-1" Swivel Snap Hooks (metal or plastic)
  • 3X-1" Loops (metal or plastic)
  • 2x 1" gliders (metal or plastic)
  • 2 7/8" piece of 3/4" elastic
  • 6 3/4" of 3/4" wide Grosgrain Ribbon for Key Strap
  • 4 Zippers: 2x: 8" zipper (for accordion pockets); 1x: 9" zipper (for Lining zipper pocket); 1x:18" zipper, two-slider, closed bottom

You Will Also Need:

  • ALSO needed: printer, pins, iron, sewing machine, matching thread, scissors or rotary cutter, water-soluble marker, Bodkin or chopstick, Fray Check(r)