I’d mark off my students’ work if they didn’t cite a reference, so many apologies to everyone (especially Masko Jefferson and Rashida Coleman-Hale!) for neglecting to include the pattern source for the wallet I posted with my “It’s a Cinch” bag. The pattern is from the book, Zakka Style, which I borrowed from my library (and renewed several times 🙂
Since making the wallet, I’ve discovered an errata page that accompanies this pattern, but I had to work it out the hard way…so this is what I did: For the undivided pockets on the left (in the above image), I cut three pieces of fabric in the following sizes: coral; 5 3/4″ x 8″, pink; 4 3/4″ x 8″ and patterned; 3 3/4″ x 8 inches. All pockets were hemmed 3/4″ (as directed in the book, which was apparently changed in the errata). For the pocket placement (for both sides), I sewed them 1″ from the center, not 3/4″ as directed in the text, and 3/4″ from the previous pocket.
The directions were a little vague for the step of binding the edges at the point by the zipper (with the pull tab). But after a while of fiddling, I realized that if you fold the zipper end toward the inside of the wallet, the binding can continue, uninterrupted around the edge (see photo, above):
Finally, when I do it again (and I will–seriously, these are relatively quick to whip-up!), I plan to sew along the upper edge of the zipper pocket (see photo, above), straight through the lining, before attaching it to the “inside” of the wallet (this will make sense when you sew it for yourself). This would make one smaller pocket (where my phone is), instead of a giant pocket, which goes around to the backside of the wallet. No one wants to hunt that much for wandering coins!
This organizer wallet is really pretty awesome: fits everything I need, but without so many card slots that I become a pack-rat! I have a notebook in there, but it would easily fit a small date book or passport when traveling. And it looks pretty sleek and stylish, too.