It's birthday time again! Well, for my daughter's friend that is. My daughter already made her friend a handmade beaded bracelet, but we wanted to get her something else to go with it so I told my daughter I would pick something up for her at the store today while she is at school. But as I sat this morning trying to think of what to purchase, I decided I would rather make something instead. Unless I know specifically what someone wants in a store, I don't usually like to purchase store bought gifts. I have always preferred to give handmade gifts when ever possible. I can't help it, it's just what I do. It just seems more personal to me.
This time I have made a wallet. The pattern is a free tutorial from Sew Christine. Mine didn't turn out quite like hers though, because I screwed up the zipper hole placement. The tutorial said mark 1 inch down from the pocket, sew, and cut. Since the photos were close ups and didn't specify which end to cut, I ended up measuring from the wrong end, which made my the hole for my zipper on the wrong spot on the lining. I wasn't about to cut out another set of fabrics, so I improvised. I moved the credit card pockets up higher and cut off 2.5 inches from the bottom of the lining and sewed it back on to the new top part of the wallet. This positioned the coin pocket at the bottom of the wallet instead of the middle and also prevented the credit card pocket from being upside down, which was another option I could have gone with, (which I am glad I didn't). Then I finished with the rest of the instructions. I also used fusible fleece for the outside so I could have a quilted wallet, and I also added the name to the front. My husband says all my handcrafted gifts should have the person's name on it somewhere.
I hope she likes it!!