fabric tote wallets


Here are the results from my sewing day yesterday.  I actually did get all 4 wallets finished.  I have started doing 2 or 3 of the same patterns inside to help speed up the process.  I take FOREVER choosing fabrics for a wallet, I thought it would be smarter to invest that time in more than just one.  I am also staging them differently, instead of cutting out 2 or 3, then sewing them up, I am cutting out 11 or 12, then sewing in batches.  It is definitely making me more efficient. 🙂
 I’m also trying to build a variety of inventory for boutiques.  So I took a break from wallets and made these two mini totes.  This is one of the patterns I’m working on for my shop.  It’s a super fun, simple pattern- but Oh so cute!  These just need flowers, but in my new- batch thing together to be more efficient- system, that’s going to wait for another day.
It definitely helped putting into words my goal for the day.  Especially when I felt the draw of Pride and Prejudice, or a nap pulling me in.  🙂  
And thanks for your input on the card holder.  I have decided that I’ll probably make two versions, one for more moderate card holders and another for those who are hardcore.  In fact, that’s the agenda for today.  I love playing with new ideas.  
And, it’s Friday!  Could today get any better?  Oh, wait- YES it can!!  I just found out my Bestest blogging friend is coming out to join me for this amazing retreat.  September can’t get here soon enough!  Maybe you’ll join us too?
Happy weekend everyone!

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  • Karen
    March 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Agh! You're killing me with those cheverons!! I definitely need a more colorful wallet.

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    March 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Woohoo!!! The anticipation is already killing me. I hate to wish the spring/summer away already, but… 🙂

    The wallets are gorgeous! It really shows that you put a lot of time into fabric choice, and it's well worth your time. Beautiful. Can't wait to check out that mini tote pattern!

  • Amy @ The Happy Scraps
    March 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Anytime I see another one of your wallets, it makes me want another one. 🙂 LOVE them, you are amazingly talented Amy!

  • Kristie
    March 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Those are adorable! I can't wait for the boutiques, so I can pick one up!

  • Lorene (just Lu)
    March 3, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Amy, you always pick the best fabrics and combos, so whatever you are doing is working — and I'm glad you can streamline it to be more efficient!

    I have been thinking about the card organizer thing… because I like playing around with new ideas, too, but only in my head. Most of them never make it out 😉

    Anyway… I'm not sure the design you are going for, but could you make it so that the base part has 12 slots but so there is a larger "pocket" (like a cash pocket) behind and then make add-ins to the base for 6-12 additional cards? Kind of like the the little plastic thingies you can add in to a wallet to hold more cards/pictures? Maybe that makes sense. Maybe it's an idea that should have just stayed in my head 😉

  • Elisabetta
    March 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    …. I know, I already tell you but…
    I love your wallets and the fabrics you choose are gorgeous and perfect… Love them ALL ^_^

  • Michele Pacey
    March 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Look at you go! So organized with your batch sewing! All of your items are beautiful.

    I think I'm in love with those mini-totes. They're SO great Amy. Mark my words, I predict they will be sellers. 🙂