Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Where payback turns out not to be a bitch after all

The Village Haberdashery is my favourite online fabric shop. Actually, thinking about it, it's my favourite fabric shop full stop. Annie has put together a fantastic range of gorgeous fabrics, as well as pretty much all the other stuff you need for sewing, and it is all presented so beautifully with a brilliantly user-friendly interface. Oh, and she is also really nice.
As proof of the niceness, she randomly sent me a bundle of lovely Kei Honeycombs the other day. Once I got over the squealing and excitement (and wrestled them away from the kids) I decided that what I really needed was a wallet. Pretty much everything else in my handbag (including the handbag) is handmade, and having a boring old leather purse was just not good enough. I have extremely high standards, you know.
I used this fabulous tutorial, with minor modifications (instead of folding over and topstitching the pieces for the credit card holder, I doubled the fabric so that they were fully lined). Topstitching through the million layers was interesting, but I used the walking foot and a size 16 needle and it went just fine.
note the traditional hilariously bad driving licence photo
I was so happy with how it turned out - it looks surprisingly professional, I think - that I made another one for Annie. Without the contents, though. I'm not that nice.

19 comments:

  1. Totally gorgeous - love those spots :)

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  2. I've been eyeing up that bundle - I definitely think I will add it to my wishlist (which is currently extremely long.

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  3. Love this and how did I miss that bundle!

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  4. Love those fabrics, and the wallet too of course.

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  5. Wow! It looks amazing Charlotte!

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  6. Fantastic job. This looks so professional and so cute! Love the fabrics.

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  7. just love Kei dots and just love your wallet..altho don't go spending all your money, young lady...remember you have an important event to save up for...

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  8. Oh superb! Lovely Annie.
    My driving licence photo is cropped from our wedding pictures - tiara and all!

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  9. Oooh, gorgeous and love the mix of colours! I keep meaning to make myself a new wallet as mine is falling apart, but I have very specific requirements, and it will require me to write a pattern, and ugh, who has time for that right now?!

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  10. Gorgeous wallet - I feel a LMQG tutorial session coming on...... :-)

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  11. It looks incredibly well made Charlotte!

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  12. Great wallet. I like it almost as much as the post title :)

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  13. You are seriously dotty now! Love how you managed to get every single colour in there!

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  14. This wallet is adorable! Thanks for the link, I've been wanting to make a wallet for quite some time but just haven't found a pattern that I liked!

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  15. I love love love this purse! The colour combination is gorgeous!

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  16. That is one awesome wallet!! LOVE your fabric choice. :)

    Patrice

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  17. That really has to be one of my top 10 funniest blog titles ever. All accompanied by such a lovely wallet. Found your blog by following a link to the QuIltcon quilt show and eventually to the Flickr entries page. I've been meandering happily through your blog ever since.

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thanks for making my day!