This long awaited Zip Around Town Wallet is FINALLY here! And I mean FINALLY.
After at least 20 revisions and two pattern releases that jumped ahead in the mean time (since I was not willing to rush this design process), I am seriously thrilled with the result, and I hope you will be too!
The pattern has my usual level of detail, with 170+ photographs. (Yes, those took FOREVER!) My testers were jumping up and down excited to show theirs off, which we will get to next! :)
Let’s talk zippers: You can and should use a standard zipper for the inside pocket, but you MUST use a 1.25″ wide, #4.5 YKK Long Pull Purse Zipper for the exterior. These are designed for handbags. You can purchase them at a very reasonable price from Zip It Zippers (jump into the Facebook Group for a 15% off code for Zip It) and she ships worldwide. You can also find these zippers locally at quilt shops, although they cost significantly more (Five 24″ zippers are $7.25 from Zip It, and one at your LQS will be in the $5 range). A standard 1″ wide dress zip will not work for the outside of the wallet. Since it needs a 1/4″ SA, the wallet itself would simply be too thin to fit anything inside, and offsetting it by 1/8″ (which sometimes works in flat installations) would definitely not work here. A couple of testers tried a #5 zipper, which is wide like the handbag zippers but has thicker coils, which can be difficult to bend around the curve. I would leave those to the professional bag makers and splurge on the handbag zips. I try to ask so little hardware-wise, which is why my patterns do not typically require a lot of bling! But this is a basic necessity to sew this wallet successfully.
For the lining, choose thinner quilting cotton or batiks. These thinner fabrics have less bulk so that you can put some STUFF in your wallet, instead of just zipping up your pretty fabric. :P
As far as interfacing goes – it doesn’t use very much so it’s worth getting the good stuff (SF-101, or a similar woven fusible), but on thicker home dec fabrics you can sometimes get away with a super thin non-woven fusible. I would definitely splurge on the Pellon Peltex 70, or something similar. It gives the right weight while still allowing you to turn the wallet. It’s available in many countries – it was one of the few things I could easily purchase in Australia (sometimes called Legacy) and I know our UK customers can get it as well. I think it makes a huge difference in the end result.
If you have any questions please email me, find me Instagram, the Facebook Page, and the Facebook Group. Please come and share yours because I want to make these in every fabric but I have to move on to designing a new bag, so I would love to see what you make!