Sewing labels onto easy sewing projects makes them perfect as gifts for family members. An easy sewing project that is a great gift is the oilcloth wallet. Even better is the fact that these are easy enough to sew for beginners, in little time.
- Sewing machine
- Denim needle
- 12×12 inch square oilcloth
- Cotton or poly thread in a matching color
- Rotary cutter
- Cut out a 6×8 and a 2.5×8 inch piece of the oilcloth. Use rotary cutters for this, as the lines come out straighter, and it does less damage to the fabric.
- Fold the large piece of fabric in half lengthwise with right sides touching. Make a crease so it stays. At the edges opposite the center, fold in the right side at 1/4 of an inch (wrong sides touching). Fold 1/4 inch of each side of the smaller fabric to match the larger one.
- Sew the folded in sections. These are the “hems.”
- Take the 2.5×8 inch piece and place it over the right side of the larger piece. Line up the bottom with the crease made in step #2. Tape the fabric in place and sew right under the hems you made in step #3.
- Measure the dead center of the wallet on the wrong side. Stitch a fold line at this center point. Do not forget to backstitch here.
- Crease the wallet with the right sides together and tape them in place. Sew at 1/4 of an inch from the edge, while taking care to backstitch.
- Trim the edges and turn wallet right side out. Poke the corners out using a pointed tool.
- Sew in a name label somewhere. Flatten the wallet by placing items in it and carrying it around in a pocket.
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