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Quilted wallet

I have been carrying the same wallet with me for many many years. I decided it was time for a change, and as a quilter, wanted to make something for myself. So off to the inter net to look for ideas!After blog hopping and looking at tutorials I stumbled upon That Darn Kat’s tutorial.  This wallet is so cute! I modified the pattern to make it more my style, and here is the result.

I added some extra interfacing and reinforcements, a pen holder, and changed the top pockets to be more suitable for a checkbook if needed. It is very roomy and the perfect size to carry around in your hand like a clutch or just throw it in your purse! I really hope I can get some more sewing done soon, school is really testing me this semester. Until next time, here is a sneak peak at the quilt I am currently (slowly) working on.

Happy sewing everyone!


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Here is a quick and easy idea for a custom cover for your sewing machine! This can be adapted for almost anything, but this example is for my sisters Brother sewing machine. How cute is that?

You will need:

  • either a jelly roll, a fat quarter bundle, or assorted scraps, (as long as they can be cut into 2 1/2″ strips. Your strips need to be as wide as your width measurement for you machine.)
  • yardage for the backing
  • yardage of thin batting, same size as your backing
  • thread
  • either extra scraps or a coordinating fabric for the binding.
  • 24″ of ribbon in a coordinating color. (I used the ribbon that was tied around my FQ bundle)
  • temporary basting spray (you can use pins if you do not have any )

Measuring your machine:

Measure all the way around the widest part of your machine, usually the base. Add 5″ to this measurement. This is your WIDTH.
Now measure from the bottom of your machine over the top at the highest point and down the back to the base again.  This is your LENGTH.


1. Take your yardage and batting and cut a piece of each in the size of your LENGTH x WIDTH. Spray the batting with your basting spray and lightly lay your backing fabric wrong side to the batting. Using the basting spray really helps hold your “sandwich” together as you quilt!

2. If your fabric is not already cut into 2 1/2″ strips (like a jelly roll) cut your fabric. It is easiest to cut strips using a long ruler with a rotary blade. Trim the strips to the measurement of your WIDTH.

3. Lay your strips out on top of your “sandwich” in a pattern you like. Some options are light to dark, random or maybe a repeating pattern. For this one, we used 5 different patterns from a fat quarter bundle and used a repeating pattern. Place your strips aside except for the strip on the farthest right.

4. Lay your first strip down about a 1/4 away from the edge of your “sandwich”. Pin your strip down along the right side. Sew 1/4″ seam down the strip.

Sew your seam on the edge, 1/4″

5. Lay your next strip directly on top of the first, right sides together and pin. Sew a 1/4″ seam starting from the opposite side you sewed from on the first strip. **Alternating the direction you sew from on each strip will minimize the pulling on your backing fabric.

Right sides together, pin and sew!

6. Repeat adding strips until you have reached the end of your “sandwich.” Sew a 1/4″ seam on the last strip’s edge to fasten the last side to the back.

7. Lay your cover over your machine and trim it to your liking. This one touches the table surface on both sides. You may make yours shorter if you like!

Finishing your cover:

1. Cut your ribbon into 6″ pieces. Sew your binding to the back of the quilt, placing your ribbon pieces under the binding about  5″ up from the bottom and top on the LENGTH sides. Use a 1/4″ seam.

Sew your ribbons into the binding on the backing side.

2. Once you have finished sewing your binding onto the back, turn the binding to the front and stitch it down with a zig-zag (or any decorative stitch you like!) When you come to where your ribbons are, pull them so they stick out to the sides. This helps the ribbons always stay out where they can be easily reached.

Finished binding with zig-zag from the back.

You’re all finished! Lay your cover over you machine and tie the ribbons. How easy was that?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, and please let me know if you make this! I would love to see pictures.  Happy sewing everyone!

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