Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Happy Wallet

I needed to replace my vinyl, 6-year old wallet.  I decided to use this pattern (Diva Frame Clutch).  In addition to the pattern, I had to buy the metal clasp frame, which cost about $10 as well.

I was dubious. I like a highly functioning wallet.  I carry a lot of things in my wallet besides just money, and I despise fumbling around for them or having them dumped all together.

I pondered the color choices for a long time because I wanted to feel happy carrying this wallet no matter what style mood I was in (I'm sure I'm not the only one who veers from simple to boho to lacy to outdoorsy).  After doing this solid-color patchwork, I feel like I want to get rid of all the prints in my stash and just collect solid colors.  I love the color play that much.

I am proud to say that this wallet came entirely from my scrap stash. I did not buy fabric for it, nor did I cut into dress-lengths of fabric.

The pattern was a little unclear at points, but I made notes on it for next time because I'm pretty sure there will be a next time. My sister wants one. And yes, after about 2 weeks of use, I love mine.  I get a happy little jolt every time I pull it out of my bag.


Lisa said...

Was it hard to work with that metal frame, Margo? I've often wondered.

It looks great.

Sarah Barry said...

Good work! I too love the solid colors. Happy.

beth said...

wonderful wallet!

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

Your wallet is gorgeous. I love all the different pockets, and all the colors..

Zoë said...

Loooove this. I've wanted to try those metal frames for a while now. Perhaps this is the push I need... :)

Margo said...

Lisa, it was easier to work with the frame than I expected. I wish the pattern would have warned me to make sure the fabric part was the exact width of the frame - you can see the fabric buckling a little where I had to squeeze it in (or perhaps this seemed so obvious that it didn't need to be part of the pattern, but I certainly made a note for next time).

Also, a friend loaned me her magnetized screwdriver, which helped a lot with the eensy-weensy screws.

Zoë said...

Margo, where did you acquire the metal frame?


Polly said...

This is so adorable! It sure beats my uber-functional wallet: a black pleather business card holder from Staples. Gets the job done, but no jolts of happy in the process. I love the colors you chose!

Hazel said...

It's fabulous! I know what you mean about wallets- I had a gorgeous one as a present from a friend, but it was just too small to fit everything in.

Anonymous said...

Dearest--it looks fabulous! I can't wait to fondle it in person.

I got a purse made for me that I look forward to showing you as well.

Here's to lovely organization for daily tasks.

It's possible your shop may now turn into a clutch shop as demand keeps up. Too bad the clutch part is so expensive.

jenny_o said...

I love the colours, too. A few years ago I decided to only buy cheap purses so they would wear out around the same time I got tired of them. (I know, that's a bad excuse.) But I said that to say this - I don't think I would get tired of a purse like yours.

BLD in MT said...

Wow. You are amazing. And so is your wallet!


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