Decades ago people used check books, cash and coins on a regular basis. Wallets were larger to accommodate these items. As payment methods changed, smaller wallets became more popular. Want to downsize your wallet? Attending a special function or event and want to minimize what you carry? This is a four mini wallets review.
Wallets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Necessary Clutch Wallet and Accordion Fabric Wallet are examples of long wallets that don’t require you to fold your cash and checks. Hiker wallets may not have room for anything other than cards. Wallets in between these sizes may fold after your bills have been placed in lengthwise or may require you to fold your bills before placing them in the wallet. This is a four mini wallets review of four styles of mini wallet that require bills to be folded.
The Mini Scrap Wallet by The Sewing Loft is a one compartment mini wallet approximately 13 cm wide by 9.5 cm tall by 0.5 cm thick (5” wide by 3.7” tall by 0.2” thick). Recommended materials are 2 pieces of quilting weight cotton, 1 piece of fusible fleece, 1 piece of fusible interfacing and a closure. This wallet is quick and easy to sew. It’s a great project for scrap fabrics and piecing together your wallet exterior creates greater visual interest. I rate this a beginner project.
Here are some photos of my Mini Scrap Wallet.
My exterior is light weight cotton canvas and my interior is broadcloth. This is a great wallet for cards and/or card shaped items. I found it inconvenient to have my cash, change and cards all in one compartment so I looked for mini wallet with a separate compartment for coins.
The Mini Wallet With Zipper by Tendersmile Handmade is a three compartment mini wallet approximately 10.5 cm wide by 8.5 cm tall by 1.5 cm thick (4.1” wide by 3.3” tall by 0.6” thick). Recommended materials are 4 pieces of quilting weight cotton, 2 pieces of fusible interfacing, a closure, a zipper, and a D-ring. Make an attachment point with the D-ring and small piece of exterior fabric then attach a wrist strap, lanyard, key ring etc. You may wish to use this trick on any mini wallet. The main body of this wallet is made by folding the long piece of exterior fabric. The zippered pocket is nestled between the larger main pocket and the smaller front, card pocket.
Here are some photos of my Mini Wallet With Zipper.
I used light weight cotton canvas and fusible fleece for the large exterior piece. It made the folds thicker than they would have been otherwise. Cards don’t fit in my card pocket but receipts do. My top flap doesn’t reach past the front pocket so I added a tab to my flap. This project is a little more difficult, so I’d rate it as advanced beginner.
The Cute Mini Wallet by Handmade Channel At Will is a three compartment mini wallet approximately 13 cm wide by 9.5 cm tall by 1.5cm thick (5” wide by 3.7” tall by 0.6” thick). Recommended materials are 6 pieces of quilting weight cotton, 1 piece of fusible fleece, 2 pieces of fusible interfacing, a closure, and a zipper. The largest pieces of fabric folds around to create the front, back and flap of this mini wallet. The second largest pieces create the side panels and the two smallest pieces create the zipper pocket.
Here are some photos of my Cute Mini Wallet.
I used light weight cotton canvas for the my exterior and broadcloth for my interior. All three interior pockets are roughly the same size. There is plenty of room for my cards, bills and coins. This mini wallet needed more pieces of fabric than either the Mini Scrap Wallet or Mini Wallet With Zipper. I’d rate still rate it as a beginner project.
The DIY Card & Coin Purse by Sewing Times is a two compartment mini wallet approximately 11 cm wide by 9.5 cm tall by 1.2 cm thick (5” wide by 3.7” tall by 0.5” thick). Recommended materials are 8 pieces of quilting weight cotton, 4 pieces of fusible fleece, a closure, and a zipper. The largest pieces of fabric create the zipper pocket. The medium-sized pieces create the front pocket and the smallest pieces create the pocket flap.
Here are some photos of my DIY Card & Coin Purse.
I used light weight cotton with interfacing for the my exterior and quilting weight cotton for my interior. I can access my cards without revealing my cash/coins and vice versa. This mini wallet needed more pieces of fabric than any other the other ones I reviewed in this post. I still rate it as a beginner project due to the simplicity of it’s design.
Wallets are personal items. Everybody has a unique style and different needs. These four mini wallets are good options for beginner to advanced beginners looking for easy sewing projects. They’re great scrapbusters and would make great gifts when paired with a gift card or other small token.
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