Welcome bag maker to an all-new pattern hack! This tutorial took some serious math and adjustments to put together! Read on today to get the steps to add 12 extra card slots to your Cleo Everyday Wallet!
What you’ll need:
- Cleo Everyday Wallet pattern
- Exterior Completed
- Lining Panel and Interfacing cut
- Card slots completed with card slot panel attached BUT not trimmed
- Wings completed but not pressed
- You WON’T need the Lining Centre Strip
- 2 Extra car slots with side panels added
- 2 pieces of medium-heavy fusible stabilizer cut at 9.5” by 4” (24cm by 10cm) (I am using Decor Bond but fusible fleece will work as well! Peltext may be too heavy for this!)
Before you begin:
Do NOT trim your main card slots. Keep them at the finished size as we need that extra length for later.
Cut your Lining Panel piece as one piece instead of 2 and fuse to the interfacing. You can use the Lining Panel-Interfacing pattern piece to cut out the fabric too!
Let’s get started!
Adhere the heavy stabilizer to the extra card slots you made.
Place these card slots right sides together with the top edge up. Mark ½” (1.3cm) around the 2 short sides and top.
Curve the TOP corners. I used a spool of thread to curve my corners. Without the curves, your new set of card slots will stick out when the wallet is closed up!
Sew around along the lines you have just drawn.
Trim seam allowance to ¼” (0.6cm). Turn and topstitch using a ⅛” (0.3cm) seam allowance.
Trim ⅜” (1cm) off the bottom raw edge of your new card slots.
Place your new centre card slots on top of one side of your original card slots, lining up centres. Place the other card slot, right side together and clip or pin in place.
Sew together along the bottom raw edge using a ¼” (0.6cm) seam allowance.
Press seam away from your middle card slots.
Mark centre sides of your lining panel.
Place card slots on top of the lining panel and ensure the extra slots are pointing up. Topstitch an ⅛” (0.3cm) away from the joining seam not ON the extra card slots.
Baste along the side edges and trim away any excess.
For your wings, mark ½” (1.3cm) in on the top edges. Fold in half, lining sides meeting. Press well. This will be known later as you “Centre Fold”.
Keep folded and fold back so that the exterior sides are together and the first fold is at the ½” (1.3cm) mark. Press well. These will be known later as your four “Outer Folds”.
Your wings will now look like this when opened:
Baste the wings to the lining panel ensuring that the lining side is facing the lining.
Before moving on, ensure that your middle card slots are point up and on the side of your flap before sewing the exterior to the interior.
Assemble your Cleo as per step Step 26 Assembling Your Wallet in the pattern making sure you DON’T get the middle card slots in the side seams.
When topstitching around the exterior, pull your middle card slots out of the way so you don’t snag them in the topstitching! STOP following the pattern after you topstitch around the wallet’s outer edges.
Mark 2 lines, ½” (1.3cm) away from each side of the middle card slots. This should land just under the bottom edge of your main card slot folds. You should be able to feel that edge.
Stitch along these lines.
Stitching the wings
Turn the wallet so the wings are facing the exterior.
Fold one of the Outer Folds with exterior sides together.
Stitch the fold using a ¼” (0.6cm) seam allowance and down 1” (2.5cm).
Stitch the remaining 3 Outer Folds.
Fold the wings back towards the lining.
Place the middle card slot edge into the Centre Fold.
Fold your wallet out of the way and stitch fold in place using a ¼” (0.6cm) seam allowance and down 1” (2.5cm).
Repeat for the other Centre Fold.
Fold up wallet and press to flatten all seams and wrinkles.
The best part of curving the top corners of those middle card slots is that they are hidden nicely inside when the wallet is closed up! They are protected safely inside!
Looking at the front, you can’t even tell this wallet has been hacked to add so much more storage space! Enjoy your new spacious Cleo Everyday Wallet!
Will you be trying this pattern hack out? If you do, make sure to share your Cleo Everyday Wallet in the Andrie Designs Facebook Group and tell us what you think! We love seeing your creations!