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How To Sew A Wallet Out Of Fabric


Modified: December 28, 2023

by Rania Backus



Welcome to the world of sewing! In this guide, we will take you through the step-by-step process of creating a stylish fabric wallet. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sewing enthusiast, making your own wallet can be a rewarding and fun project. Plus, it allows you to customize your wallet to suit your personal style and needs.


A fabric wallet is not only a practical accessory to keep your cards, cash, and coins organized, but it can also be a fashionable statement piece. With countless fabric choices available, you can make your wallet as unique as you are.


In this tutorial, we will explore the materials needed, the cutting and sewing processes, and the finishing touches required to complete your fabric wallet. By the end of this guide, you will have a beautiful and functional wallet that you can proudly show off to your friends and family.


So let’s dive in and get started on this exciting sewing adventure!


Materials Needed

Before we begin sewing our fabric wallet, let’s gather all the essential materials. Here’s a list of everything you’ll need:

  1. Fabric: Choose a fabric that speaks to your personal style. Consider using cotton, linen, or even a patterned fabric to add some flair to your wallet.
  2. Lining Fabric: Select a complementary fabric for the interior lining of your wallet.
  3. Interfacing: This adds structure and durability to your wallet. Opt for a lightweight interfacing that won’t make it too thick or bulky.
  4. Thread: Use a thread that matches the color of your fabric.
  5. Snap Closure: Depending on your preference, you can choose between magnetic snaps, sew-on snaps, or even button closures.
  6. Scissors: A good pair of fabric scissors is essential for cutting through the material easily and accurately.
  7. Sewing Machine: While it’s possible to hand sew your wallet, a sewing machine will make the process faster and more efficient.
  8. Pins: These will help you to hold the fabric in place during the sewing process.
  9. Measuring Tape or Ruler: To measure and mark your fabric accurately.
  10. Iron: An iron is crucial for pressing the fabric and giving your wallet a polished look.

These are the basic materials you’ll need to make your fabric wallet. Feel free to add any additional embellishments, such as buttons, ribbons, or decorative trims, to make your wallet truly one-of-a-kind.


Now that you have all your materials ready, let’s move on to cutting the fabric for your wallet.


Step 1: Cutting the Fabric

Now that you have gathered all the necessary materials, it’s time to start creating your fabric wallet. The first step is cutting the fabric pieces that will form the various components of the wallet.


Here’s a breakdown of the fabric pieces you’ll need:

  1. Main Exterior Fabric: Cut two rectangular pieces measuring (insert measurements) for the outer part of the wallet.
  2. Lining Fabric: Cut two rectangular pieces measuring (insert measurements) for the interior lining of the wallet.
  3. Interfacing: Cut two rectangular pieces measuring (insert measurements) to provide structure and stability to the wallet.
  4. Pocket Fabric: Cut one strip of fabric measuring (insert measurements) to create the pockets inside the wallet.

Once you have your fabric pieces accurately measured and cut, it’s a good idea to iron them to remove any wrinkles or creases. This will make it easier to sew and assemble the pieces later on.


Remember to double-check your measurements and make any necessary adjustments before cutting the fabric. Precision is key to ensuring that the wallet comes together smoothly.


With the fabric pieces cut and ironed, you’re now ready to move on to the next step: sewing the pockets for your fabric wallet.


Step 2: Sewing the Pockets

Now that you have your fabric pieces ready, it’s time to sew the pockets for your fabric wallet. The pockets will provide a designated space for your cards and other small items.


Follow these steps to sew the pockets:

  1. Take the fabric strip that you cut for the pockets and fold it in half lengthwise, with the right sides of the fabric facing each other.
  2. Pin the sides of the fabric strip, leaving one end open to turn the pocket right side out later.
  3. Using a sewing machine or a needle and thread, sew along the pinned sides, leaving a small opening to allow for turning.
  4. Trim the corners of the fabric strip to reduce bulk and make it easier to turn the pocket inside out.
  5. Turn the pocket right side out through the opening and use a blunt object, such as a knitting needle or chopstick, to push out the corners and create crisp edges.
  6. Iron the pocket to flatten it and give it a neat appearance.

Repeat these steps to create multiple pockets, depending on how many compartments you want in your fabric wallet.


Once you have all the pockets sewn and ironed, it’s time to move on to the next step: attaching the snap closure.


Note: If you prefer a simpler wallet design without pockets, you can skip this step and proceed directly to the next one.


Step 3: Attaching the Snap Closure

Attaching a snap closure will provide a secure and convenient way to keep your fabric wallet closed. Follow these steps to attach the snap closure:

  1. Lay one of the main exterior fabric pieces flat with the right side facing up.
  2. Measure and mark the center point of the fabric piece, both horizontally and vertically.
  3. Place one part of the snap closure (the male part) along the marked center point. Ensure that the prongs of the snap go through the fabric.
  4. Flip the fabric over and fold the prongs of the snap closure inward to secure it in place. You can use pliers to press down on the prongs if needed.
  5. Repeat these steps with the other main exterior fabric piece, attaching the other part of the snap closure (the female part).

By attaching the snap closure to the main exterior fabric pieces, you are ensuring that your fabric wallet will stay closed when not in use.


With the snap closure securely in place, it’s time to move on to the next step: sewing the wallet together.


Step 4: Sewing the Wallet Together

Now that you have all the necessary components ready, it’s time to sew the fabric wallet together. Follow these steps to assemble the wallet:

  1. Place one of the main exterior fabric pieces with the right side facing up.
  2. Take one of the lining fabric pieces and place it on top of the main exterior fabric piece, with the right side facing down.
  3. Align the edges of the fabric pieces and pin them together to secure them in place.
  4. Repeat these steps with the other main exterior fabric piece and the second lining fabric piece.
  5. With the fabric pieces pinned together, stitch along the edges, leaving a small opening at the bottom for turning the wallet right side out.
  6. Trim the excess fabric and clip the corners to reduce bulk.
  7. Turn the wallet right side out through the opening and use a blunt object to push out the corners and create clean edges.
  8. Iron the wallet to flatten it and give it a polished look.

At this point, your fabric wallet should start taking shape. The exterior fabric and lining fabric should be securely stitched together, leaving the opening for turning and finishing.


With the fabric wallet assembled, it’s time to move on to the final step: adding the finishing touches.


Step 5: Adding Final Touches

Adding final touches to your fabric wallet will give it a polished and professional look. Follow these steps to complete your wallet:

  1. Use an iron to press the edges of the opening where the wallet was turned right side out.
  2. Carefully hand stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread. Ensure your stitches are small and discreet.
  3. Optional: If you want to add additional compartments or card slots, now is the time to sew them onto the interior of your fabric wallet.
  4. Iron the entire wallet once more to ensure all the seams are flat and crisp.
  5. Insert your cards, cash, and any other small items into the pockets and compartments of your fabric wallet.

Once you have completed these final touches, your fabric wallet is ready to be used! Admire your handiwork and enjoy the satisfaction of creating a functional and stylish accessory.


Remember, you can always personalize your fabric wallet further by adding embellishments, such as buttons, embroidery, or decorative stitching. Make it truly unique and reflect your personal style.


Congratulations on sewing your own fabric wallet! You have successfully combined creativity and practicality to create a one-of-a-kind accessory.


Now, go out and show off your sewing skills with your fabulous fabric wallet!



Creating your own fabric wallet is a rewarding and fulfilling sewing project. Not only do you get to customize your wallet to suit your personal style, but you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you made it with your own hands.


Throughout this guide, we have walked you through the step-by-step process of cutting the fabric, sewing the pockets, attaching the snap closure, sewing the wallet together, and adding the final touches. By following these instructions, you have successfully created a beautiful and functional fabric wallet.


Remember, the fabric choices, embellishments, and personalizations are entirely up to you, allowing you to truly make the wallet your own. Let your creativity shine through and experiment with different fabrics, trims, and decorative elements. The options are endless!


We hope you have enjoyed this sewing adventure and that you now feel more confident in your sewing skills. Making your own accessories not only saves money but also allows you to showcase your individuality and creativity.


So why not take this newfound knowledge and apply it to other sewing projects? The world of DIY fashion is at your fingertips, and the possibilities are endless.


Now go on, grab your fabric and sewing machine, and have fun creating your next masterpiece. Happy sewing!