Three Dimensional Sewing

Hi Everyone! Earlier this week I told you I wanted to find time to ‘whip up’ a Mini Diva Wallet. Well, I found the time and made my first wallet. I didn’t exactly whip it up, but it was a nice project to work on while listening to the final episode of The Bachelorette. I know, I know…now you know one of my dirty little secrets – I watch The Bachelorette. I don’t want to watch it, but it somehow just sucks me in.


But I digress…..back to the wallet!

Mini Diva Wallet

Isn’t it just the cutest thing?

It might start out small, but it packs a powerful punch!

Mini Diva Wallet

Once the wallet is opened there is room for cash in the large zipper pocket. The inside has a small zipper pocket for change, and plenty of room for credit cards and business cards.

This was a fun make and not complicated at all. Some of the pieces have fusible interfacing ironed on and that gives the wallet a nice sturdy feel. I was worried about stitching through several layers of fabric, but my machine handled it like the pro that she is.

Mini Diva Wallet

The metal frame is attached by some teeny, tiny screws. I was pleased to find I had a small screwdriver in my kitchen tool kit that was perfect for working with those tiny screws.

The pattern states that some people like to also use glue when attaching the frame, but that it’s not necessary. At first I just used the screws because I didn’t have any glue. But I wasn’t entirely comfortable that the wallet would stay in the frame, so I bought some fabric glue and used it. I’m glad I did – it feels more secure to me now.

The wallet was easy to put together. One reader, Kathleen,  had suggested cutting out all the pieces and labeling them before starting the sewing. It was a good suggestion and made the assembly process much easier. Thanks Kathleen! 🙂

I love this little wallet and have already had requests to make more, so there will be more of these popping up here now and again. It’s the perfect project to use up some of the few Tula Pink prints I have in my stash – don’t you think those fabrics look great in my wallet??

I’m linking up this week with Needle & Thread Thursday, and with Myra for Finished or Not Friday. Be sure to check out these great linky parties!





About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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14 Responses to Three Dimensional Sewing

  1. Vicki in MN says:

    Hehe, at last I know another person who watches Bachelorette!! Your wallet is adorable.

  2. Kate says:

    Very cute! And very useful!

  3. Your wallet is adorable! Was it a kit where the hardware came with the pattern? Otherwise where do you even get those metal parts to screw on? This is the kind of project that I admire but will never make, because of all the dress patterns and knit fabrics and quilts half started, quilts dreamed about, and quilts that seem SO CLOSE to be finished without ever actually getting DONE… 🙂

  4. kaholly says:

    It’s magnificent!

  5. I’m impressed! Those sorts of 3-D projects always look quite daunting to me. Your wallet turned out very pretty and professional looking 🙂

  6. Kathleen McCormick says:

    So glad the hint helped and I just love the mini diva wallet, putting that on my list of things to do…

  7. Danice says:

    Oh I love the wallet. Those fabrics are also gorgeous. Beautiful!

  8. Liz W. says:

    How adorable! Beautifully made. I’m wondering … what is your sewing machine? I’ve been getting so fed up with mine … I’ve also been making 3D items lately, and my machine likes to barf when it comes to thick seams.

    • Beth says:

      I bought a small machine to carry to class – it’s the Rachel machine by Babylock. I also have a Janome 6500p, but the Rachel is what I used for this wallet. I was so surprised at how easy it stitched through all those layers of fabric. At one point there are 8 layers of fabric and it didn’t even hesitate. ?

  9. Lynne Tilley says:

    Where do we find this pattern and that neat frame?

  10. It turned out really beautifully, Beth. I love how tiny it folds up and what a nice frame.

  11. I agree with Nancy — that fabric is scrumptious! What a cute wallet, Beth!

  12. Love your Tula fabric choices!!! Your wallet turned out super!!!

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