Retro wallet project for Sewing World magazine

This project was published in the same issue of Sewing World magazine as the denim shoulder bag project I posted on my blog last week. I love coordinating projects and items that work together. I think as a pair this project along with the bag would make a lovely gift for someone or a really useful set for yourself. I kept the construction quite simple so it wouldn’t seem to much make after having made the bag.

I’m always in search of the perfect bag and have recently been mulling a new project idea for the ultimate bag. A bag that is simple in design but within the project you can adapt the style to your own personal preferences by adding and removing pockets and partitions.  A class project or magazine project is brewing I think!

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As always I would love to hear from you or see piccies if you made this project and of course if you are local to Leicester and would like to make it with a bit of help you would be welcome to come along to one of my classes.




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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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