Monday, February 20, 2012

Snap Trap {Lil' Kids} Wallet Tutorial...

What a mouthful. You'd think I could think of a more succinct name. From here on out we'll call this kid-sized wallet the SNAP TRAP!

Last week I introduced my Snap Trap wallet for kids. Although the Snap Trap looks similar to my Snappy Bag, the pattern and tutorial are really quite different. My Snappy Bag is great for business cards, makeup or treats, but the measuring tape closure is not secure enough for money. For the Snap Trap wallet I devised a way to add a pocket with a zippered closure to keep money or other valuables safe. This wallet could, of course, be adapted to be an adult bag with more adult-like fabric choices!


Below is the "pattern" and tutorial for my Snap Trap wallet. Please remember the little printer icon at the bottom of this post that enables you to print {with ease} this tutorial.


Materials Needed:

Front pocket and pocket lining: Two - 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces of cotton fabric
Back: 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of cotton fabric
Lining (& casing for measuring tape): 6 1/2" x 12" piece of contrasting cotton fabric
Interfacing for front pocket: 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" fusible interfacing
Interfacing for back: 5 1/4" x 4" fusible interfacing
Interfacing for front casing: 5 1/4" x 1" fusible interfacing
Zipper: 9 inches or longer
Two 5" lengths of 3/4" wide metal measuring tape
Thread
Finished bag: 5 1/2" wide x 4 1/4" tall

Directions: 

1. Before Sewing: Cut out all pattern pieces.

For front pocket and back: Attach the fusible fleece by centering it horizontally on the front pocket and back and 5/8" from the bottom of the pieces as shown below. The fusible fleece does not cover the seam allowances on the pocket front or back of wallet. This ensures less bulkiness in the seams.  

For lining (and casing for measuring tape): Turn over one 6 1/2" edge 3/8" and press. Then tuck the interfacing into the folded crease and center the fusible fleece horizontally on the lining as shown below. This interfaced edge will be the casing on the front of the wallet.


2. Making the front pocket: Now to make a little fabric sandwich:  a.) Place front pocket piece right side up, then place the zipper face side down with the pull tab at the left. b.) Place the pocket lining right side down on top of those pieces. Pin.


3. a.) About 1/4" from edge of fabric stitch together using your zipper foot. b.) Flip pocket front and lining so the wrong sides are together and zipper is exposed. Press fabrics away from zipper "teeth." Stitch through lining, zipper and front pocket 1/8" from edge of fabric.


3. Attaching front (pocket) to back: With right sides together pin bottom front pocket {and front pocket lining} to bottom back. Stitch using a 1/2" seam allowance. Press seam toward back.


4. Front measuring tape casing: Measure 1 1/4" from the previously folded edge of the interfaced lining and press. This will become the front casing for the snap (measuring tape) closure. Pin the folded edge to the zipper and stitch 1/8" from folded edge. You should have a 1 1/4" casing and the total measurement from the top of the casing to the bottom seam should be about 4 1/4". (see photo below)


5: Back measuring tape casing: Fold the lining over so it is 4 1/4" from the bottom seam to make the back casing and press.


Then fold the unfinished edge over just enough so the casing is 1 1/4"...


a.) Pin casing to back. b.) Stitch 1/8" from folded edge...


6. Stitch in a ditch: Secure the lining to the front of the wallet by running a stitch in the bottom seam through the lining. (See broken line in photo below.) This method is called "stitch in a ditch." If you are unfamiliar with this, go here. Important: the bottom seam allowance should be pressed toward the back of the wallet. This step should not be skipped as it will make a "bottom" for the zippered pocket.


7.  Finishing Zipper: Bring tab of zipper to the middle of the wallet and stitch over the ends of the zipper 1/4" from the edge of wallet side on both sides.


8. Here's where I get a little picky. Trim about 1/8" off both sides of the wallet with a rotary cutter so that the edges are clean and neat. The rotary cutter will easily slice through the zipper to make it flush with the sides. You can see the before and after in the photo below...


9. Finish one side of wallet: Fold the wallet in half right sides together. (The lining will be on the outside.) On one side only stitch 3/8" from the unfinished edge. Trim and zig-zag seam and put the wallet aside.


20. Measuring tape "Snap" Closure: Now for a little carpentry work. If you haven't already, dismantle a tape measure. Just undo the screws on the side of a measuring tape and take it apart. Be careful as you take it apart as the tape measure can "explode" when released from its confining metal case. Put a sturdy piece of tape on the end of the measuring tape to keep it wound.


21. Cut measuring tape lengths: Cut two 5" lengths off the measuring tape (with the crummiest scissors you have in your house), round the corners and tape the ends with masking tape to prevent the sharp edges from damaging your fabric...


22. Insert measuring tapes: Slip the metal measuring tapes into the casings at the top of the bag. The number side of the measuring tapes need to be facing toward the lining of the bag as shown in the photo below. Note one tape is facing "up" and the other is facing "down" because they need to be facing the lining on each side.


23. You're almost done: When you have the tapes shoved all the way inside the casing, pin the sides together and sew 3/8" from the unfinished edge of the side. Trim and zig-zag the seam.


24: Finished: Turn right side out, press and you're done!



If this tutorial was helpful, please take a moment and leave a comment below. Your comments give me the encouragement to continue sharing and creating!  Enjoy!


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37 comments:

Kristy said...

That is so cute! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Thank you! I can't wait to make a bunch of these!

Sandra :) said...

I love and have pinned this project :) You did a great job with the tutorial - it's really well written and photographed! I'm looking forward to whipping up a few of these - thank you for the idea and the wonderful tute!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

You did a great job on this tutorial. The pictures are very clear. I am currently using an old tape measure from my dad to make eyeglass cases. Who knew that a metal tape measure could be so useful!!

pasqueflower said...

Thank you! What a cute project. I used the Print button--very handy.

{ mindy } said...

SO adorable. Thank you for the tutorial, I will be trying my hand at these soon. :)

Natasha Mairs said...

So Cute

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Chris said...

Thanks Suzanne! I just printed the tute and used your "printer" button. Great feature. I am headed to the sewing room now to get a snappy bag made and a few other little things for the grandaughters who will all be here on Saturday! :) I am looking forward to making the snap trap for our grandson and add a few little cars..cute idea! Thanks again. :)

B Greene said...

I have made three of your Snappy Bags and just love them!! I can't wait to try this variation. Keep up the good work - your patterns are wonderful!

annemarie said...

Amazing - thanks for the great tutorial.

Nana said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! Great job and I LOVE the fabric!
Thanks for being so willing to share how you do things. YOu are awesome!

{northern cottage} said...

so fantastic! with your great tutorial - i think i might actually even be able to make one of these (or 12!) thanks so much for sharing! adding to my loooonnnnngggg to do list! xo

www.NorthernCottage.net

Nata said...

Thanks!!!

Lynn said...

What a great idea for tucking some birthday cash, etc. for a kid in! Thanks for sharing!

Adeline E. Brill said...

OMG - what a great idea! Time to raid my husband's tool box!

mom2amanda said...

Thank you so much for your generosity. I love your patterns and ideas...brilliant!

Phyldar said...

This wallet is SO awesome! Thanks for sharing the tut with us *Ü*

carla.evans said...

So cute!! I love your step by step pictures. Very helpful!!

And you know how I feel about the print button...ha!!

Mia said...

One of the littles {R} may have seen this post on my phone when I was cooking dinner. "OHHHH a kid wallet!!! You have to show grandma, she can totally do that. I bet she wants to make me one of those. If she does will you give me some money to put in it?" All said with one really swift breath. :o)

TishaD said...

Thanks for your great tutorials. My friends and family are enjoying them too....LOL. You make everything so easy to understand.

Carla G said...

Very cute! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

Laura Eley said...

wow, I love this! What a clever/cool thing, I can't wait to try it.

The Frederick Family said...

I love the fact I can understand the written tutorial. The pictures are very explanatory also. Many thanks.

Margot said...

I love your step by step pictures.
Thank you ♥

Cntrygrl213 said...

awesome...love it! think im gonna try one right about now myself!!! thanks for sharing!!!

Ana Lopes said...

Hi Suzanne,
Thanks for sharing such a helpful tutorial. Sometimes is so dificult to make pretty thinks to the boys , and that's a great idea !

Have a look at my blog and leave a comment, I'll be so happy :)

Hugs from Portugal
Ana Lopes

www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

ivylanedesigns said...

Super cute! Do you have a facebook page for your blog? Thanks! ~Merrill

Suzanne said...

No Facebook page Merrill -- sorry!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the great tutorial. Can't wait to try it. Love the "print" button!

Lilyclaire said...

Just found your blog and love this tutorial! Today I made 3 for my grandchildren to hold their iPods, it is a perfect size. Thank you!

McMama said...

Found your blog yesterday as I was looking for a tutorial for a wallet for my boy.

Printed it out and sewed it up. Other than a couple times of confusion, I was able to get this done quickly.

The wallet is so cute! Thanks for this easy to follow tutorial!! I will be sewing more of your projects!

ThreadArtist said...

Thank you for a wonderful project and great tutorial! I'll have to try it soon. Just found your site and will have to check out all the other things you have posted, what a nice site! Also, I love the "Print" button, how convenient!! I wish other people would do that too!!
Keep up the good work!

Lok said...

Thank you for sharing such a great project!Love the genious use of measuring tape:)I'm going to try and make it really soon I hope.

Paat said...

Using mesuring tape.... super idea!!!! Thank you!

Julie said...

This is fantastic! Thanks Suzanne! I am so scared of zippers, and I was scared of what you were going to do with the longer zipper than width of purse. I may have the nerve to try this. Looks like it might be something I can do. Love the metal measuring tape use in this. Very cute!
xoxo- Julie

JoAnne Rupp said...

Cannot wait to make these for my grandkids! Thank you so much.

Glenda Carl said...

Brilliant! I love the idea of using pieces of measuring tape. I haven't been able to find a flex frame anywhere; in fact, no one even knows what I'm talking about. And I love that kind of closure. Now, thanks to you, I don't have to look any more!