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How To Crochet Wallet


Modified: December 28, 2023

by Celie Shirey



Welcome to the wonderful world of crochet! In this tutorial, we will guide you step-by-step on how to crochet a beautiful wallet that is both functional and stylish. Crocheting allows you to unleash your creativity and create unique accessories that reflect your personal style. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, this project is perfect for honing your skills and adding a handmade touch to your everyday essentials.


Crocheted wallets are not only practical for keeping your cards and cash organized, but they also make lovely gifts for friends and family. With a wide array of yarn colors and crochet patterns to choose from, you can customize your wallet to match your individual taste and preferences. So, grab your crochet hooks and let’s get started on this fun and rewarding project!


In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the materials you will need, the basic crochet techniques required, and provide tips and tricks along the way. It’s important to note that this tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of crochet stitches such as the slip knot and single crochet. However, even if you are a complete beginner, don’t worry! We will explain each step in detail to ensure your success.


So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of crocheting and create a beautiful and functional wallet that you’ll love to show off!


Materials Needed

To get started with this crochet wallet project, you will need a few key materials. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  1. Crochet Hooks: Choose a size that is appropriate for the yarn you will be using. A size G-6 (4mm) hook is commonly used for medium weight yarn.
  2. Yarn: Select a yarn that is suitable for a wallet. It should be durable and able to withstand daily use. Worsted weight or cotton yarn works well for this project.
  3. Scissors: You’ll need a pair of sharp scissors to cut the yarn.
  4. Yarn Needle: A yarn needle with a large eye is necessary for weaving in loose ends and sewing the wallet closure.
  5. Button or Snap: Depending on your preference, choose a button or snap closure for your wallet. Make sure it is the appropriate size for the wallet and secure enough to keep it closed.
  6. Measuring Tape: A measuring tape or ruler will come in handy for checking your gauge and ensuring your wallet is the desired size.

These are the basic materials you’ll need to complete your crochet wallet. However, feel free to personalize your project by adding embellishments such as beads, pom poms, or appliques. Get creative and make it your own!


Now that you have gathered your materials, let’s move on to the next step: choosing the yarn for your crochet wallet.


Step 1: Choosing the Yarn

The yarn you choose for your crochet wallet can greatly impact the overall look and durability of the finished product. When selecting yarn, consider the following factors:

  • Weight: Choose a yarn weight that suits the size and purpose of your wallet. For a sturdy and durable wallet, a medium weight yarn, such as worsted weight, is recommended.
  • Material: Opt for a yarn material that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Cotton yarn is a popular choice for wallets as it is durable, machine washable, and comes in a variety of colors. Acrylic yarn is another option that provides durability and affordability.
  • Color: Pick a color that matches your style and preferences. Consider whether you want a bold and vibrant wallet or something more subtle and timeless.

Remember that the color and texture of the yarn will enhance the overall appearance of your wallet, so take your time in choosing the perfect yarn for your project.


Before you start crocheting, it’s a good idea to make a gauge swatch to check if your chosen yarn and crochet hook are compatible. This will help ensure that your wallet turns out the desired size and shape. Simply crochet a small square using the recommended hook size and yarn, and measure it against the gauge provided in the pattern or project instructions. Adjust your hook size if necessary.


Once you have selected the perfect yarn for your crochet wallet, you’re ready to move on to the next step: gathering your crochet hooks.


Step 2: Gathering Crochet Hooks

Now that you have chosen your yarn, it’s time to gather the appropriate crochet hooks for your wallet project. The crochet hook size you use will depend on the thickness and weight of the yarn you have selected.


When it comes to choosing crochet hook sizes, it’s important to refer to the yarn label which provides a recommended hook size range. For example, if you are using worsted weight yarn, the label may suggest using a G-6 (4mm) hook.


Having a variety of crochet hooks in different sizes is beneficial as it allows you to experiment and achieve the desired tension and stitch definition for your project. You may find that going up or down a hook size can make a significant difference in the final appearance of your crocheted wallet.


If you are unsure about which crochet hook sizes to have on hand, a good starting point is to have a set that includes hooks ranging from sizes A (2.25mm) to K (6.5mm). This way, you have a versatile range to choose from for various yarn weights and projects.


When gathering your crochet hooks, make sure they are in good condition, with smooth and comfortable handles. The handle grip is especially important as it ensures you can crochet for longer periods without strain or discomfort.


Now that you have your yarn and crochet hooks ready, it’s time to move on to the next step: creating a slip knot to start your crochet project.


Step 3: Creating a Slip Knot

Before you can begin crocheting your wallet, you’ll need to create a slip knot to secure your yarn to the crochet hook. The slip knot serves as the starting point for your crochet stitches.


Follow these steps to create a slip knot:

  1. Hold the end of your yarn in your dominant hand, leaving a tail of about 6 inches.
  2. Make a loop with the yarn, crossing the end over the loop.
  3. Pass the end of the yarn through the loop, creating a second loop.
  4. Hold both loops with one hand and gently pull on the end of the yarn to tighten the knot.

Ensure that the slip knot is snug but not too tight. You should be able to slide it up and down the crochet hook with ease.


Once you have created a slip knot, insert your crochet hook into the loop of the slip knot. Hold the slip knot and the crochet hook together, with the slip knot positioned near the wider part of the hook.


Now that your slip knot is in place, you’re ready to move on to the next step: starting the foundation chain for your crochet wallet.


Step 4: Starting the Foundation Chain

The foundation chain is the base of your crochet project and determines the width of your wallet. In this step, we will guide you through the process of creating the foundation chain.


Follow these steps to start the foundation chain:

  1. Hold the slip knot in your non-dominant hand, with the crochet hook in your dominant hand.
  2. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook counterclockwise from back to front) with your dominant hand, keeping a firm grip on the slip knot.
  3. With the yarn held on the hook, draw it through the slip knot, creating a new loop on the hook. This is the first chain stitch.
  4. Repeat step 2 and step 3 to create the next chain stitch, drawing the yarn through the previous loop on the hook.
  5. Continue making chain stitches in this manner until you have reached the desired length for your foundation chain. This will depend on the width and size of your wallet.

Remember to keep your tension even and consistent as you work on the foundation chain. Avoid pulling the yarn too tightly, as this can make the chain too tight and difficult to work with. Conversely, if your chain is too loose, your wallet may be too stretchy and not hold its shape well.


Once you have completed your foundation chain, count the number of chain stitches to ensure you have the correct number for your pattern or desired size. Now, you are ready to move on to the next step: working the single crochet stitch.


Step 5: Working the Single Crochet Stitch

Now that you have created the foundation chain for your crochet wallet, it’s time to start working the single crochet stitch. The single crochet stitch will form the main body of your wallet.


Follow these steps to work the single crochet stitch:

  1. Insert your crochet hook into the second chain stitch from the hook. This will be the chain stitch closest to the hook.
  2. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the chain stitch, creating two loops on the crochet hook.
  3. Yarn over again and draw the yarn through both loops on the hook. This completes one single crochet stitch.
  4. Continue working single crochet stitches in each chain stitch across the foundation chain.
  5. Once you reach the end of the foundation chain, turn your work to start the next row.
  6. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for each row until you have reached the desired height for your wallet.

Make sure to maintain even tension throughout your work, as this will ensure a consistent texture and appearance in your wallet. Take your time and work at a comfortable pace to create neat and precise single crochet stitches.


As you work, you may notice that the sides of your crochet fabric start to curl. This is normal, especially in the early rows, and will be corrected as you progress further in your project.


Continue working the single crochet stitch until your wallet is the desired height. This step forms the foundation for the body of your wallet. In the next step, we will learn how to crochet the main body of the wallet.


Step 6: Crocheting the Main Body

Now that you have created the foundation rows with single crochet stitches, it’s time to crochet the main body of your wallet. This step will involve continuing the single crochet stitch pattern to build the height and width of your wallet.


Follow these steps to crochet the main body:

  1. Turn your work to start the next row.
  2. Insert your crochet hook into the first stitch of the previous row.
  3. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the stitch, creating two loops on the crochet hook.
  4. Yarn over again and draw the yarn through both loops on the hook, completing one single crochet stitch.
  5. Continue working single crochet stitches in each stitch across the row.
  6. At the end of the row, turn your work to start the next row.
  7. Repeat steps 2 to 6 for each row until you have reached the desired width and height for your wallet.

As you crochet each row, make sure to maintain even tension and consistent stitch size. This will ensure that your wallet has a uniform and professional finish.


Feel free to get creative with your crochet stitches by incorporating different colors or stitch patterns. You can add stripes, texture, or even create a unique design for your wallet. Experiment and make it truly your own!


Continue crocheting rows until your wallet has reached the desired size. The main body of your wallet is almost complete, but we still have a few more steps to add the finishing touches. In the next step, we will learn how to add a wallet closure.


Step 7: Adding a Wallet Closure

Adding a closure is an important step in completing your crochet wallet. A closure not only keeps your belongings secure but also adds a stylish and functional element to your design. There are different closure options you can choose from, such as buttons, snaps, zippers, or even a drawstring.


Here, we will cover the steps to add a button closure:

  1. Decide where you want your closure to be positioned on the wallet. Choose a location that is convenient and secure, usually near the top flap or opening of the wallet.
  2. Thread your yarn needle with a length of yarn that matches the color of your wallet or your chosen closure.
  3. Secure the yarn to the inside of the wallet by knotting the end of the yarn to the fabric.
  4. Bring the needle up through the fabric to the outside of the wallet, where you want the button to be placed.
  5. Attach your button by sewing it securely in place. Be sure to reinforce your stitches for durability.
  6. After attaching the button, bring the yarn back through to the inside of the wallet and knot it securely.
  7. Trim any excess yarn.

Ensure that your button is positioned in a way that allows the wallet to close properly and securely. It should align and fit snugly with the corresponding buttonhole or loop on the front of your wallet.


If you prefer using a different closure, such as a snap, zipper, or drawstring, follow the specific instructions provided with your chosen closure to attach it securely to your crochet wallet.


With the closure added, your crochet wallet is almost complete! In the final step, we will add some finishing touches to give it a polished look.


Step 8: Finishing Touches

Congratulations! You are in the final step of completing your crochet wallet. Now it’s time to add some finishing touches to give your wallet a polished and professional look.


Follow these steps to add the finishing touches:

  1. Weave in Loose Ends: Use a yarn needle to carefully weave in any loose ends throughout your project. This will ensure that your wallet has a neat and clean finish.
  2. Seam the Sides (Optional): If you prefer a more structured look for your wallet, you can seam the sides together using a whip stitch or a slip stitch. This will create a solid edge and prevent the sides from stretching or curling.
  3. Block and Shape (Optional): If your wallet needs some shaping or smoothing, you can wet block it by gently dampening it with water, shaping it to the desired form, and allowing it to air dry. This will help your wallet retain its shape and give it a professional finish.

Remember, the finishing touches are an opportunity to personalize your crochet wallet. You can add your own embellishments, such as beads, embroidery, or patches, to make it truly unique.


Once you have completed the finishing touches, take a moment to admire your beautiful crochet wallet. It’s now ready to be used or gifted to someone special!


Don’t forget to share your creation with others and inspire them to explore the world of crochet. Enjoy using your new wallet and continue to explore new crochet projects to showcase your creativity!


With this final step, you have successfully completed your crochet wallet. It’s time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done!



Congratulations on completing your crochet wallet! Through the process of selecting yarn, gathering crochet hooks, creating a slip knot, working the foundation chain and single crochet stitches, crocheting the main body, adding a closure, and applying finishing touches, you have now produced a functional and stylish accessory that reflects your personal style.


Crocheting a wallet allows you to showcase your creativity and craftsmanship while also providing a practical solution for organizing your everyday essentials. The customization possibilities are endless, from choosing the yarn color and texture to adding unique embellishments and closures.


Remember, practice is key when it comes to honing your crochet skills, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t turn out exactly as expected. With each project, you’ll refine your technique and develop your own unique style.


Now that you have completed this crochet wallet project, continue to explore the world of crochet and discover new patterns and projects. Whether it’s scarves, hats, blankets, or other accessories, there is always something new to learn and create.


Share your handmade creations with others, inspire fellow crocheters, and enjoy the satisfaction of using or gifting your unique crochet pieces. Remember, the joy in crocheting goes beyond the finished product – it’s the process of creating something with your own hands, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with it.


Thank you for joining us on this crochet journey. We hope you had fun and feel inspired to continue exploring the world of crochet. Happy crocheting!