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Monday, 22 July 2013

Straight Stitch Society - have it all Wallet - Pattern Review

Despite seeming a bit daunting at first with all its pockets and compartments, I was surprised to find the 'Have it all Wallet' pattern by Straight Stitch Society simple and easy to follow. This was helped by the step by step instructions and picture diagrams. And with a few cleverly placed folds it all came together nicely.
Initially I did struggle with keeping all the different components parallel and perpendicular to one another, but it was definitely worth taking a bit of extra time with the aid of a ruler or set square to ensure a neat finish.
The pattern requirements suggest using a sew-in woven interfacing to stiffen the body of the wallet, but I found a heavier fusible interfacing to do the job just as well (and this means you can iron it on rather than stitch it!). I chose to use a slightly heavier weight fabric for the outside of the wallet; I think this adds to the body, giving it a stronger shape. I also changed the snap fastening to a fancier magnetic clasp and left out the bow, for a simpler, neater finish. Another handy addition was a little key hook in the big pocket to keep hold of the important stuff. 
Overall, with a little patience this wallet is a great project, and you don’t need to be an expert to make it. It has pockets for all of your important things and it even has pockets behind those pockets! Personally, I always struggle to find a purse with all the compartments and features that I need, so I was really impressed to find this had them all!

Materials List
Straight Stitch Society Have it All Wallet Pattern
♥ Outer Fabric - Grey Floral Twill - World Petit Collection - Kiyohara
♥ Lining Fabric - Grey on Grey - Dots - Mas D'Ousvan
Iron-on Standard Medium and Iron on Standard Firm Vilene
Magnetic Bag Edge Clasp
Key-Tidy Bag Hardware

- Millie

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