How to Make a Concertina Wallet

Project Level: Easy

A concertina fabric wallet in bright colours with strawberries and bees

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

Confession time. I have a Drawer of Doom (much like the Cupboard of Doom) and I am naturally a very untidy person so in a bid to get organised I made a wallet. It contains tape measures, tailor's chalk, quilting clips etc.

You can use it to pack jewellery, make-up, perfume etc when you are away on your holidays, seed storage, left over currency.. Why not make it and gift it to a lovely friend? The possibilities are endless.

This beautiful concertina wallet measures 17x17x10cms and has seven pockets. It has Heat & Bond on the inside to give added structure and a bright, funky button to keep everything in place.

You Will Need

  • A Fat Quarter Bundle
  • Heat & Bond
  • 6 Metres x 25mm Bias Binding 
  • Matching Threads
  • A Sewing Machine
  • Iron & an ironing board
  • Sharp scissors and pins

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

Recommended Fabrics & Notions

Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble
Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble
Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble
Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble
Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble
Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble
Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble

Fat Quarter Bundle - Bee & Strawberry - Rose & Hubble

£10.99
A bolt of heat n bond fusible fleece showing the product details on the bolt end
A bolt of heat n bond fusible fleece showing the product details on the bolt end

Heat n Bond - High Loft Fusible Fleece

£3.50
Scarlet red 25mm polycotton bias binding trails from a reel
Scarlet red 25mm polycotton bias binding trails from a reel

Plain Polycotton Bias Binding - 25mm - Scarlet

£0.70
A selection of brightly coloured thread to demonstrate the thread matching service
A selection of brightly coloured thread to demonstrate the thread matching service

Thread Matching Service - Gutermann Sew-All 100m

£1.95

Instructions

Download the PDF pattern. Print the pattern ensuring you do not check the box on the print dialogue that says "Scale to Fit" or "Fit to Page" and check that the test box has printed at the correct size of 5cm.

Step 1.

Press the fabric and cut out the pieces. 

Follow the instructions on the Heat & Bond and iron it onto the wrong side of the lining. 

Heat & Bond to stabilise fabric

Step 2.

Lay the outer fabric on top of the lining, wrong side to wrong side with the Heat & Bond in the middle.

Pin in place and stitch 5mm from the long edge.

Repeat for all layers.

A grid of 16 fat quarter bundles of fabric

Shop Fat Quarter Bundles

Step 3.

Cut the binding slightly longer than the short edge, pin and sew the binding to the lining.

Fold the binding over the raw edge, pin and sew. Trim the excess.

Do this for all compartments to and bottom.

How to attach bias binding

Step 4.

Fold the fabric in half so the bias binding aligns and pin.

Cut the bias binding slightly longer than the long edge and stitch.

Fold the bottom of the binding up and fold the long edge over, Pin and stitch. This will hide all raw edges.

Repeat for all pockets on both sides.

Step 5.

Now it's time to sew the pockets together.

I divided the open edge by three and pinned leaving 5cms either side of the join.

Stitch between the pins on the bottom edge of the bias binding.

Using your existing measurements, align the other pockets & stitch them together.

Sew concertina pockets

Step 6.

Take the outer cover and attach the bias binding to the short edges as you did in step three.

Before you sew the top binding over the inside, fold a piece of bias binding and sew along the long edge (I measured the button to ensure it was the right size).

Pin to the middle of the top, fold the binding over stitch through the layers. This will secure your button loop.

How to attach a button loop

Step 7.

Fold the bottom of the pocket over so it is the same size as the others and attach the bias binding as you did in step 4.

Stitch the top together as you did in step 5.

How to make a concertina wallet

Step 8.

Now you are ready to sew your button on...and fill your wallet full of lovely things!

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