I’m fed up of my plastic Oyster card holder looking crappy after only a couple of weeks (maybe I’m just really abusive to them). So I decided to make myself a more durable, and let’s face it prettier, fabric one:
First I made my template
I left a 1cm seam round the edge and 2cm in the middle but I only sewed about a 0.5cm edge which gave me more room to stuff cards and receipts.
I then cut out 1 template of lining fabric, 1 outer and 2 pocket. All the templates are the same because you double over the pocket fabric (cut a 1cm off the bottom so that there’s a gap between them.
Lay out the inner backing fabric and folder pockets the right way round with all edges aligned. Then place the right side of the outer fabric directly on top, right side against right side. Pin around the edge and sew all around leaving the 2 cm gap between each set of pockets un-sewn.
To turn everything the right way round, push in both pockets and squeeze through one of the 2cm gaps.
When you’ve pulled the whole thing through, use the holes to push out all the corners and lay the wallet flat. iron flat making sure that the middle un-sewn edges are seamed.
Sew both edges and pack full of all your wallet stuffs.
Guest post from Fairy Rosa who’s working for a lovely little crafty start up:
Hello and a big thank you to Jennifer for letting us do a guest blog post. This is about a small startup called fairy letters. A girl called Emily came up with the idea of us sharing our fairy letter magic with others. She received letters from fairies when she was little and they were a magical part of her childhood. She arranged for us to make fairy letters for her friends and family and then decided to make us a website so that others could share the magic of fairy letters too.
I am Fairy Rosa and make some of the fairy letters that get flown worldwide. People e-mail us saying what message they would like; some are for children who have lost their teeth, some for people who are nervous about going into hospital or exams and some are just for friends who would like a bit of fairy magic in their lives.
All of the letters are handmade and we start by writing a personalised message on a piece of carefully selected paper, we then attach a gem and add some of our fairy dust (with a bit of glue to keep it there!) The next step is to wrap each letter in a different piece of coloured tissue and tie a ribbon around.
The little letter then gets put in a bag with fairy hearts, stars and lavender. A little fairy or star charm is tied to the top and they are flown all around the world overnight. We try and make the fairy letters on the same day that someone places an order so that they have to wait for as little time as possible!
We have an old treasure chest filled with ribbons, glitter, gems and a wide variety paper. Emily’s parents also let us pick lots of lavender from their garden, which we dry out and put in letters in the UK.
We are about to get some help from the elves to start making Christmas letters for boys and girls and are also starting to make some fairy letter bags as wedding favours. There are some limited edition wands coming soon too :)
We love making fairy letters and if you have any comments or questions we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @fairyletters.
I can’t tell you how much it pleases me when my two worlds of craft and technology come together. There are so many websites that help to fuel my craft addiction, here are my top five:
A bit like Pinterest but gives the impression of being full to the gunnels of craft which makes it stand out for me.
I use StumbleUpon for many things, craft is just one of them. If I’m feeling crafty but not sure what I want to do a quick play with StumbleUpon never fails to spark an idea.
The obvious one and for good reason. Like StumbleUpon, I use Pinterest for many things but it’s great for craft patterns and ideas. I tend to take inspiration from a few sources then make something to my own design and Pinterest is great for that.
This is like having your uber knitter nan in the room with you. So much great advice in the forums, free patterns and project tracking. It really is the most essential site for beginners and experts alike.
I took up knitting again after inheriting my mum’s knitting patterns. My sister handed them to me with a look of “well I’m not going to use them” so I knew I needed to make sure they didn’t go to waste. Where did I go to remind me where to start? You know the answer.
I’d also like to give an honourable mention for Flickr. I hate the interface but it is a great place to find pictures of different types of crafts and a fabulous source for Guerilla Knitting.
If you’re into craft you’re probably also thinking “wait, what about Etsy“. I love Etsy, it’s great for buying unique gift or selling your own hand made creations. This post is meant for inspiration and sharing ideas which is why I haven’t included it but it is a great site none the less.
What are your favourite sites for crafty inspiration?
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