Draw pattern. Be sure to add ¼ inch for seam allowance.
Cut two rectangles 11” x 6 ½” (adding ¼ inch for seam allowance). These rectangles can be the same or contrasting as one will be the lining.
Cut two rectangles 3” x 2” (adding ¼ inch for seam allowance). Cut from whatever you choose as the exterior fabric. This will be the flap.
Small square of Velcro®
With right sides together, sew the two small rectangles on both long sides and one short side. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press.
With right sides together, sew the two larger rectangles together on two short sides and one long side.
Insert the flap between the layers of the larger rectangles, raw edges meeting. (The flap will be inside at this point.) Place it so the bottom edge if the flap is three inches from the bottom.
Stitch, leaving a small opening for turning. It’s best to leave the opening closer to the side that does not have the flap.
Clip corners. Turn right side out. Tuck in the raw edges from the turn. Press.
Fold bottom up two inches on either end. Pin in place. Edge stitch on long sides, careful to keep the flap free and to catch the pressed edges.
Cut a small piece of Velcro ®. Sew the soft side to the inside of the flap. The stiff side will be sewn to the outside of the wallet. To figure placement, close the wallet, wrap the flap, leaving some slack, and pin or mark where the stiff piece should be. Stitch in place, careful not to catch the inside pocket of the wallet.
Fold the wallet in half vertically and mark the centers. Stitch from the folded edge to the edge of the pocket. Repeat on the opposite side.
Add tea bags and sweetener close it up and pop in your purse. (I also added a coffee bag, just because I could!)
Here are a few photos from my prototype – complete with errors. Once I worked it out, I made several for gifts and gave them away before thinking to take photos. I learned the curved edge on the flap wasn’t going to work for me and the rectangles were much better.
|Placement of Velcro(R)|
|Tea Wallet opened|
|Closed and compact|