Thursday, February 28, 2008

From Trash to Treasure: Napkin Edition

Barb's purse challenge this month was to recycle some table linens. Here is that Vera napkin transformed into an accordion wallet. The pattern comes from Simple Gifts To Stitch, but it is heavily modified due to my lame measuring skills. Truly, I think these vintage fabrics are all very shifty. I do measure twice and cut once, but somehow things always end up being a bit wonky. The pattern calls for a magnet closure, but I came up too short on length so, I used a ribbon tie. I don't mind it though.

I have needed a new wallet to hold the dozens of discount teacher cards and other plastic that seems to multiply in my purse. In the interest of blogging "transparency" here is the one I am using right now. Yup, it's a red vinyl freebie from Build-A-Bear.

Actually, Simple Gifts To Stitch called for vinyl too. After making the beach tote using a foamy auto sunshade I have been too afraid to sew anything with vinyl. I am also *trying* to use what I have. I had some black twill fabric to use for the accordion part. Thankfully, the twill had some stretch to it and it worked really well.

Inside the wallet

In the end this was fairly simple to make, although, I do think there is one mistake in the directions, which had me confused for quite a while. I would recommend the pattern and I think I will make more of these to have on hand for birthday gifts.

Whew! That does it for my February projects!


Rebecca said...

Cute! I have that book, too. I might give it a whirl.

I'm on the "use what I have" diet, too. Well sort of. There are always exceptions, right? LOL

woof nanny said...

Thanks for being so supportive of my blog. It's awesome.

Vader's Mom said...

I like it! Very cute.

megan said...

I have that book and all I have made from it is the little stuffed bunny for the baby. And actually, if I tell you the truth, I made the little stuffed bunny 1/2 way. Maybe I will go and find it and finish it. Now where would I have put it?