Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tutorial – Samsung or Iphone wallet


Same afternoons when I’m running out the door with Mr E half asleep as I have had to wake him up to go and pickup his big sisters from school I only grab my phone and car keys.

But then I realise oh I need milk or bread as well and rather then take my whole handbag with me I grab my ATM card.

Then I worry I might drop my phone or my pockets are full because I have both my keys and my phone in them and my big bottom looks even bigger in my jeans lol.

So I thought to myself why not make a small wallet that is not bulky and I can carry both my phone and my ATM cards in along with my car keys.

Well here is what I came up with:


It has a zipper pocket to hold my cash/cards, business cards as well as my phone:


To make one for your own, here is what you will need:

  • 2 x fabric measuring 6.5 inches wide by 7 inches long for the main part (outer fabric and lining)
  • 1 x lining measuring 6.5 inches wide by 7 inches long
  • 1 x 6.5 inches wide by 4 inches long and 1 x 6.5 inches wide by 5 inches long for the outside of the zipper pocket
  • 1 x 6.5 inches wide by 4 inches long and 1 x 6.5 inches wide by 5 inches long for the lining of the zipper pocket
  • 1 x 8.5 inch zipper
  • 1 x 2 inches wide by 11 inches long fabric for outside of handle
  • 1 x 2 inches wide by 11 inches long fabric for inside of handle
  • 1 x 2 inches wide by 11 inches long lining for handle
  • 1 x 2 inches by 2 inches of fabric for tab
  • hardware for making handle (you can find this in any craft/haberdashery store, discount store in craft section)
  • Velcro or magnetic fastener (I have a snap gun so that is what I have used to close the wallet.

Here’s how to make it:

Lets first start with the zipper pocket. With right sides facing each other place the lining underneath the zipper and outer fabric (6.5 inches wide by 4 inches long) on top of the zipper, pin and using a zipper foot sew the pieces to the zipper:


The repeat on the other side of the zipper with the 6.5 inches wide by 5 inches of lining and outer fabric the same way and sew.  With both sides sewn on now it’s time to iron the sides flat so that you can go back and top stitch each side:



Now fold the pocket side that measures 5 inches in height to the back so that the zipper is sitting about half an inch from the top of the pocket at the front as pictured rather then sitting on the very top of the pocket (I just folded where I could feel the top of the zipper):


Now to top stitch about 1/8 of an inch to help the pocket sit flat. Next to pin the pocket to the lining of the wallet.

At this point if you are planning on using velcro or a magnetic closure for your wallet you will have to sew/attach the closure about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom of the zipper in the centre of the pocket:

fastner for pocket

Now I placed the pocket on the lining so that it will measure about 3.5 inches in size.  There is over hang of fabric from the zipper pocket which I trimmed off once I had the pocket in place.  This would also be a good time to attach your velcro/magnetic closure on the lining:

inside closure marking

For the tab that holds the little ring as pictured above, I folded the fabric as if I was making double folded bias tape, then sewed about 1/8 or an inch all the way done one side to secure.  Then pin it about the pocket on which ever side you would like the handle to be:

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Now to pin the it all together (right sides facing each other with the lining on the top) and sew making sure to leave an opening wide enough for you to pull the hole thing right side out. I did this at the very top of the flap.  I also wanted the flap to have rounded corners so I used a glass to mark the fabric:



Once sewn and turned the right side out, iron flat and top stitch the flap.  Not only does this make it look nice and give it extra strength but it it also seals the hole.

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If you have a 1 inch bias tape maker use this to iron your 2 inch fabric strips to make the handle:


If you don’t then all you  need to do is iron the strip in half, then fold both sides into the middle one at a time and iron them flat:




Let’s pin then together and sew, but first place the 1 inch strip of lining inside the folds of one of the sides of the handle.  I sewed about 1/8 inch from the edge.

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To add the hardware so that your hand looks like a keyfob handle, place the fabric through the ring of the clasp so that it is in the middle of the handle. 


Fold both ends about half an inch to the inside of the handle, pin together and sew.


Now pull the ring down so that it is at the bottom of the handle where you just sewed and then sew above the ring.   This is so that it holds in place:


And now your done. Can’t wait to use this.


I also made another after this which I would love to give away to one of my lovely followers. 

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Anyone can enter it’s not restricted to Australia.  But you will have to stay tuned to find you how.

Jennifer xx

PS.  This tutorial is for personal use only not for resale.  If you have mentioned this post anywhere, used it on your own blog, I would really appreciate a link back or a mention.  Cheers!!!


  1. Great tutorial! :D I love these easy, yet highly functional wallets/bags like this. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. You beat me to it Brian! Yes, this looks like a simple easy project BECAUSE you included such great photographs for each of the steps, not just the tricky ones. THANKS! I will link back to your blog when I finish mine :-)

    2. thank you so much that would be lovely. I actually just found out this morning it has been shared on Craft Gossip. Just a little bit excited about that as it is the first time.

  2. This is perfect! I often only take a phone and couple of cards out with me too, I'd love to try this so thank you for sharing! Pinning now :-)

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  3. I just spent time yesterday looking for a phone case for my HTC.... I should have just made one :O) I love the fabric you used. I came over from Ginger Snap and would love for you to also link up at my party, going on now! Will be open for another day! Emily @

  4. thank you so much, I love this tutorial, it's a nice gift idea for my friends ^_^

  5. Been home with sick 2yr old all week....Ugh I hate being cooped up! Want to craft and my daughter to feel better of course.
    Wondering if this project would be one to try with Coats Clark new 'Phoomph' fabric bonding paper? I don't have access to sewing machine now, but wondered how the Phoomph would act. It comes in soft and hard. I also wondered if the zipper could be use with it. Any ideas?


  6. Hey Melinda
    I've never heard of this product and have just checked it out and it sounds interesting. Not to sure if it would work on zippers sorry.
    Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win the second wallet that I made.

  7. Thanks a lot for your tutorial ! I'd like to make one soon.

  8. Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your project has been featured this week!


    Be sure to stop by and grab a button...

  9. Will this fit the iphone 5?

    1. My Samsung measures 5inches x 3 inches and when placed in the wallet there is about another 1/2 inches of room left.

  10. Love love love this!! thanks so much for sharing :-)

  11. Great tute! Pinning this! Thank you for sharing at the Give Me The Goods Link Party!

  12. What a wonderful tutorial! I am in need of a new phone wallet in the worst way.. can't way to try this! I even got some new zippers. Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  13. Where do you find an 8.5 inch zipper?

  14. The zippers that I used in the tutorial are actually from a 5 pack of zippers that you can usually find in a discount store or Big W. They are a mix pack of white/black/red zippers. But after I ran out of these zippers I used the 10 inch.

  15. I just made this little wristlet and forgot to zip the zipper back half way and cut it off. Now I cant open the pocket. lol Guess I"ll have to try again.

  16. I used this pattern to make a travel phone purse. Thanx!!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing love the fabric you used

  17. Hey Jennifer,
    I really loved your tutorial and that is why I immediately remade your awesome wallet and showed it on my German blog as kind of adaption and translation of your smart phone wallet. Using your diy I sow a clubbing wallet for my sister for her birthday. Hopefully me translating your work and modifying it slightly is ok for you? I clearly assigned the idea and realization to you. If you are not happy with it please let me know. If you want to I'll remove it.

    This is the link to my post:

    Have a wonderful day.
    Greetings from Germany- <3

  18. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I made this tonight to take on vacation. I love it! :)

  19. Thank you! Do you know if it fits for The New iPhone 6 please?