I don’t know about you but I find it increasingly hard to make time to do some sewing for me, some ‘selfish sewing’. What with the kids, family life, school, kindergarten, friends, running the house, daily chores, work etc etc etc., most of the time it feels almost impossible to consciously decide to sit down and make time to sew something I wanted to, just well, just because.
Well, this week I have done just that. Oh the horror! Just imagine! LOL! 🙂 I decided I needed a new tote bag to take on my travels down to Brisbane later this week for my classes at Voodoo Rabbit Fabric, and once that was finished I felt a strong urge to make a coordinating Cleo Everyday Wallet as well. And so I did.
Not familiar with the Cleo Everyday Wallet? Not to worry! You can find the pattern here.
I’ve recently, finally, tried out cork fabric for the first time and have it say, it’s surprisingly easy to sew!!! Add in the gorgeous texture it provides and the variety of colours and I think I may have found a new addiction just quietly… 🙂
For fabric I chose my favourite print from the Avantgarde collection by Katarina Roccella called Neo-Fllies Profound, and complimented it with the gorgeous Turquoise print from the Grow collection from Sun Print 2016 by Alison Glass.
I also had some spare upholstery thread lying around in just the right shade of blue so gave that a whirl in some of the more prominent areas of the wallet. I think it worked out pretty well!
For this Cleo I decided I also wanted a little D-ring attached somewhere to hook my car keys onto as there are times when it’s just me popping out, child-free, and to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of keeping things in my pockets for some reason…?
I ended up with this – a small piece of cork holding onto a tiny 1/2″ (1.3cm) D-ring, sewn into the outer seam and jazzed up with a 9mm rivet from Handbag Hardware Australia. Is the rivet necessary? No not at all. I just wanted to add one for a little bit of ‘bling’ haha.
With all that being said, here’s some pics of my finished Cleo –
You can find the Cleo Everyday Wallet pattern here.
Interestingly, now that it’s all finished, I absolutely LOVE my fabric choices for the inside of the wallet but I’m not really sold on the outer front! It feels a little dull to me… Like it’s missing something…? I know I’m used to brighter, lighter colours which probably isn’t helping things here…
Nevertheless, this is just one of those times when things don’t quite turn out how they did in your head! Surely you know what I mean…?
What do you think of the outer front panel? If I was to make another Cleo using these fabrics, what would you suggest to lighten and brighten it?
Right, I’m off to scour my fabric collection! Lisa x