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Project #17

By 29/11/2016Blog

This story started with one simple need: a wallet! My wallet was getting old and ugly. And I needed some more space for extra cards. So it was about time to make myself a wallet. That I wanted to use kraft-tex was out of  the question. But a pattern was more difficult to find. So that’s when I decided to draw my own pattern. For personal use. At least that was what I was thinking at the time I made my first test wallet.


But actually I was rather enthusiastic about the result. My first test turned out almost perfectly like I hoped it would. So after a sewing 2nd and final model I was so happy with my new wallet. After sharing my creations with you, I noticed that I wasn’t the only personal being so thrilled about the result…. and some of you are in need of a new wallet too. Since I still can’t find a similar wallet pattern, I decided to release mine. I never ever planned to design accessories, but never say never. I didn’t plan to make a boy’s coat either!


So may I introduce you: ‘project#17’. The wallet and it’s name! You can guess what inspired me to pick this name probably. This will be my 17th pattern, if I only count the paper versions.


Back to the wallet: I used Kraft-tex for this version. A material that looks like cardboard, but actually has some characteristics from paper, fabric and leather if I may believe the K-bas website. You can write on it, you can wash it and it’s supposed to be super strong. Perfect for a wallet if you ask me.


You can see some cracks on my example and I could have ironed them, but I didn’t. It makes it look more naturel to me.

To sew this Kraft-tex you have to wetten if first. This way it become flexible. And after your project is finished and dry, it becomes more rough. A really special, but nice material to work with. I loved sewing this project a lot.



Now let’s have a closer look at the design. I added 4 pouches for cards. 2 at the front and 2 in the middle. The ones in the front I use for ID cards and bank cards. The other ones for fidelity cards. In between you have a zipper pouch for coins. With a hidden not-so-deep-bottom, it’s easy to find your coins in this area.  At the back and in between the card pouches of the 2nd compartiment you have place for extra’s like banknotes, a driver’s licence, …!


The wallet is 17cm wide and 10,5cm high. You can fill your wallet until it’s 3cm deep. When doing so the bottom and top will expand.


Sewing this wallet is easy, if only you respect the right order while sewing…. and glueing. That’s right: some parts are glued like the inside flap and the bottom of the last compartiment. Just to make sure your precious money stays in place.


The only skills you need: you will have to cut perfect rectangles for this project, you have to be able to start an stop and the right places while sewing and sewing in a straight line might be helpful too. But to be honest. I use my blind hem sewing foot to do this for me. The time you need: about 1,5 hour. So it’s a quick project in fact!

I will launch this pattern in the 6th of December and it will only cost 5euro. As a digital version of course since this is not as complex as drawing coats! ;)

Stay tuned because I’ll make some more wallets in cork-leather and real leather to present some different styles and options.

How about you? Will you sew yourself or a friend a ‘project#17’? It’s the perfect pattern for quick Christmas gifts! I will…

Join the discussion 40 Comments

  • Nathalie B. says:

    That’s really nice, and it seems like a perfect unisex Christmas gift ! I am curious to see the result when using leather… Is there an alternative to glue, or will you need to glue the leather too ? Do you think this would work made of synthetic leather ? And last question : could you share the list of materials in advance ? Thanks !

    • Compagnie M. says:

      For some parts you will need to use glue. But mainly on the flap. This way you avoid a stitching line on the front flap. I will glue the leather too. I guess (not 100% sure) that it will work for synthetic leather too. :) This is what I used: kraft-tex (still need to calculate how much), fabric glue (but you can use leather glue too when working with leather), two 14mm THIN magnetic snaps, a leather needle, a strong type of thread and a 20cm zipper. I also used my quilt ruler, a rotary cutter, a cutting mat and a stanley knife. I think that’s it! :)

      • Nathalie B. says:

        Thanks ! Thin magnetic snaps seem to be hard to find. Do you think regular ones (approx 2mm height) would still work ?

  • Nele says:

    Ja! Ik heb nood aan een nieuwe en een ideaal geschenkje!
    Ik zet mijn schoen klaar op december :-)

  • lielebeesje says:

    Ik kijk er al naar uit! Ik kan maar niet wennen aan mijn nieuwe portefeuille (ik had al bijna 20 jaar dezelfde, maar die was tot op de draad versleten), dus ik ben nog steeds op zoek! En eentje is geentje, dus wie weet volgen er dan nog meer, als cadeautje … ;-)

  • Marjolein says:

    Ik kijk alvast uit naar de mogelijkheden!

  • Miet says:

    mooi! ik wil er ook wel mee aan de slag! Hoe ziet de portefeuille er eigenlijk uit in gesloten toestand? :-)

    • Compagnie M. says:

      Gewoon vergeten te fotograferen. oeps! Ik vond de binnenkant interessanter. ;) Bij de volgende zal ik erop letten dat er ook een gesloten foto bij is. Beloofd!

  • Leuk! Ik ga me er ook eens aan wagen. Ik denk, als je katoen neemt en dat verstevigt met decovil, dan krijg je ook een leerachtig materiaal, eventueel de randen afwerken met een dunne biais. Dan zijn de mogelijkheden eindeloos!

  • mamadammeke says:

    Ik trakteermijzelf een sinterklaaspatroon cadeau!

  • Shardee says:

    Super patroon..

    Denk dat je er ook snappap (papier met leer look em wasbaar tot 60 graden) ervoor kan gebruiken..

    Ik kan niet wachten op 6 december

  • Hutse Pruts says:

    Joepie. Ook toe aan een nieuwe en het is veel leuker ene te maken dan ene te kopen ;-) Dank u wel!!!!! Ik weet wat de sint mij mag brengen ;-)

  • An says:

    Kan niet wachten ik wil er een in Kurkleer is het nog geen 6 dec !

  • delphine says:

    Heel benieuwd naar je kurkleer versie want dat zou ik ook willen kiezen hiervoor 😉

    Leuk patroontje, komt op mijn kerstlijstje

  • Charlene Cottingham says:

    Did you use a normal straight stitch? What kind of thread did you use? I am curious because I have tried to sew this material and the front stitches look great, but the back, kind of weird. I love the potential of this material! I use a German equivalent called SnapPap. Think I might have to attempt one of your coats. They look cool.

    • Compagnie M. says:

      Hi Charlene, I used a regular stitch but everytime I started sewing I pulled the long threads a bit. This way I get a beautiful result on both sides! Hope this trick will help you. Otherwise you’ll have to adjust the tension of your sewing machine. M

  • Geweldig. .. Ik kijk er enorm nr uit 😊

  • Geweldig die wallet!

  • Khadetjes says:

    Véél hartjes voor project #17 hier!

  • Myriam says:

    ik heb graag een portefeuille die onderaan ook breder uit kan gaan (als je begrijpt wat ik bedoel :-) )
    Is dat bij dit patroon ook ? is niet zo goed zichtbaar op de foto’s.

    • Compagnie M. says:

      Dat is hier het geval hoor. Hij kan tot 3cm diep worden. En dat zijn al veel kaartjes. Ik zal die in mijn portefeuille bij de volgende blogpost eens tellen. Groetjes! M

  • Eva says:

    Ik heb hier nog wat zwarte Kraftex liggen, dus ik me er zeker aan wagen!

  • suz seniore says:

    I love this Marte!! I bought some leather today – stumbled across some at a second had market so let me know if you need a tester!

    • Compagnie M. says:

      Hi Suz, I’m not really working with testers for this one. Actually it’s too straight forward and I already made 5 now… ;) But I’ll send you a copy of the pattern when it’s ready. In exchange for the dress! :)

  • Rebecca says:

    Oh, nog 2x slapen!!!!! Hopelijk snel de kurkleren versie! <3

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