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Free Pattern Friday! Zippered Sketch Wallet

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My boyfriend recently got a sketch wallet for himself — in leather no less — to hold just a few sketching essentials. Namely a Moleskine and a pencil and pen. Sometimes if the mood suits him he’ll throw in his ID and a few important credit cards so he can completely sustain himself on this wallet alone. Needless to say, I got super jealous and wanted one for myself. It gave me an opportunity try out installing a zipper in the cleanest way possible. This zipper is sewn right into the side seam of the wallet, sandwiched between the outer fabric and the lining. There are no raw edges or seams to bind, so it makes for a clean finish even if it does take some coordination to put together 🙂

When it’s all done you have a wallet for sliding in a sketchbook on one side and pens and pencils on the other! I’m going to try carrying this around myself and see how it works out for me — hopefully I’ll start sketching more!

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6 thoughts on “Free Pattern Friday! Zippered Sketch Wallet

  1. WOW that is adorable! Pinning and downloading – thank you! 🙂

  2. sewing acrobats! Thanks for the great pattern.

    I made one today but it’s too late to take photos – I’ll try tomorrow.
    I added a vinyl ‘page’ pouch. Just because I always need more pockets. I was trying to figure out how to insert it into the spine seam that gets hand-sewn up. Next one, I am skipping the decor bond and inserting a peltex panel in through the spine seams after I finish sewing the zipper on the second side.

    I only messed up twice. I mis-read the marking of the zipper and drew my second mark at 5 1/4″ after the first mark. It all worked out. The second one was putting in the slip pocket upside-down – oops.

    I did add SF101 to the spine – I wish that was stiffer. Anyway – in the next week, I’ll throw a blog post up.
    The zipper measurement was spot on. The next one I will have to do the math as I don’t own a sketch book this size. Or go shopping for one.
    Thanks. Fab tutorial!

    • Fantastic! I’m so glad the pattern worked out for you 😀 I had to do a lot of tweaking myself to get the finished product you see now — and it really does depend on what you specifically need in a wallet. But that’s great that you were able to make it work for you. I hope future ones fit the sketchbook you need.
      Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out for you!

  3. Okay – got my second one done today. I love it. Fits my idea of a sturdy zippered art wallet.
    I showed both the first trial and the second. Awesome. Great pattern.

    http://runningwithrocket.blogspot.com/2016/03/sketch-wallet.html

    • Oh wow! Those turned out beautifully! The way you’ve customized them for yourself is just fantastic 😀 Thanks so much for sharing the link!
      I’m so glad the pattern worked out for what you needed 🙂

  4. Thank you for posting such a great tutorial! I’ve been looking everywhere for this sort of wrap-around zipper idea and couldn’t find any. I’m going to give this pattern a try this weekend – I can’t wait!

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