Tutorial: make a gadget wallet


This quick and easy project makes a protective wallet for storing a gadget such as a GPS or a camera.  The slimline wallet has a felt lining, a protective outer and soft tie closure that won’t damage your gadget.

Skill level

This is an easy machine and hand-sewing project.  If you are a complete beginner the only trick you will need to learn along the way is mitring corners as you apply the bias binding. This has been illustrated in three steps. There is also a small amount of hand-stitching used.  I used a ladder stitch to close up the sides of the wallet.


The gadget I used in this example is:

8 cm(H) x 13 cm(L) x 1½ cm(W)
- or -
3⅛" (H) x 5⅛" (L) x ½" (W)

The pattern could easily be adapted to fit a different sized gadget.  Simply redraw the pattern and adjust the amount of fabric and bias binding that you allow.

The current wallet length is 26cm or 10¼"  based on:
8cm or 3⅛" each for the front and back
2cm or ¾" each for top and bottom
6cm or 2⅜" for the fold-over flap.

The wallet width is 17cm, which accounts for the side seams and a little ease so you can get the gadget in and out of the wallet.


·         Sewing machine, with needle suitable for sewing PVC

·         Pins

·         Scissors

·         Sewing needle


·         Wallet pattern (supplied as a separate file)

·         27 x 18cm or 10⅝ x 7" light-weight transparent PVC plastic

·         27 x 18cm or 10⅝ x 7" light-weight decorative fabric

·         27 x 18cm or 10⅝ x 7" acrylic or wool felt

·         Thread to match your fabric and trim

·         1.7m or 1.8 yards of 25mm-wide or 1" double-fold bias binding


1.       Print and cut out the pattern.

Ensure that you print the pattern without scaling.


2.      Using the pattern as your template, cut one each of the PVC plastic, outer fabric and felt.

3.      Arrange the layers, with the PVC outermost, followed by the decorative fabric and finally the felt.  Pin together to secure.

4.      Open one side of the bias tape out.  Match the right side to the edge of the PVC.  Leave approximately 2cm or ¾" and then begin stitching in the fold line.

5.      Stop before reaching the first corner, backstitch, snip the thread and remove from the machine.

6.      Pull the tape back on a 45 degree angle at the corner

7.      Retaining the 45 degree angle fold, bring the tape back over to meet the right-hand edge

8.      Line the tape up and pin

9.      Continue sewing, making sure you start from the point where the previous line of stitching finished.

Continue to the next corner then and repeat steps 5 to 8.

10.   Continue attaching the bias tape round the outside wallet.  Before you reach the end, neatly fold in the raw edge where you started the binding.  Lay the end of the binding carefully over the start, (cut the excess off the binding if you haven’t already done this) and align the fold lines exactly. Stitch in place and secure with a couple of back stitches before finishing.

11.    Lay the wallet out and check  the fit of your gadget,

12.   Pin the sides of the wallet

13.   Neatly hand-stitch the sides together.  I used ladder stitch.

14.   Take the remaining folded bias binding and stitch along the length to keep the fold closed.  Tie each end in a tight knot.

15.   Securely hand-stitch the tie onto the centre curve of the bias trim on the wallet.

16.   Now you’re ready to go!


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Liesl Coulthard,
Jan 11, 2009, 6:12 AM
Liesl Coulthard,
Jan 11, 2009, 6:11 AM