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Re-imagine & Renovate - Put A Gift In It: Fabric Wallets

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Sometimes it's fun to not have to worry about learning a whole new project; instead, why not take a fave design and simply give it a whole new look. In other words: Re-imagine & Renovate! Like a fresh coat of paint, brand new fabric makes all the difference. This week's R&R projects have a Put A Gift In It theme: innovative ways to wrap up a special something for a special someone. Today's adorable mini clutches were the #1 project of 2012, so we knew we wanted to R&R them right away. These little guys are fun to make, great to give, and cute as a bucket of kittens! In fact, if you hurry, there's even time to make one today for Valentine's Day tomorrow. Tuck in a gift card or a romantic note along with a special token of your love. One of the things that makes this project so fun is it takes just a little bit of fabric. It's a great way to experiment with coordinating fabrics from a new collection you've been admiring. Test it out with a couple mini cuts, then re-order more for a bigger project.

Our thanks to Bloomerie for sponsoring today's R&R project and providing all the fabric. Jess and her team at Bloomerie are consistently impressive. In addition to their chic-to-sweet fabric selections, they carry sewing patterns, books, trims and twine, embroidery supplies and patterns, and there's always a fun selection to choose from in their specials and sale area. 

We used the following fabrics from Bloomerie for our new mini clutches:

   

Indigo Wallet Exterior:

Woven Geo in Indigo from the Cuzco collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

Indigo Wallet Lining:

Citadel in Indigo from the Cuzco collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

Orchid Wallet Exterior:

Plumage in Orchid from the Cuzco collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

Orchid Wallet Lining:

Woven Geo in Orchid from the Cuzco collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Mini Clutches/Fabric Wallets, go to the original tutorial:

Necessities On The Go Mini Clutch 

Our R&R clutches were sewn exactly like the original.

Hints and Tips

Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:

How to Mix & Match Designer Fabric Collections

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Tips for Mixing Prints

Mixing & Matching Colors, Patterns & Textures

Making the Right Fabric Choice

Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever

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Comments (13)

Margaret Moffat said:
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I made this for an 85th birthday gift for one of our Bridge playing ladies, she just loves it uses it all the time, just received a Message from her  asking for the pattern to make them for a fete coming up shortly, I've sent her the information to your web. Nice to know that my craft work is appreciated.Margaret thanks s4h.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Margaret Moffat - That is such a great story! Made better still by hearing that the inspiration is being passed along. Thanks so much for letting us know!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ ann williams - there is nothing to purchase - as you see above, there is a link to the original tutorial which is free and includes everything you need

mwlipari said:
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I just made one of these out of beautiful brown batik materials. I used a snap instead of  a button for added security. Instead of the twill tape I used a scrap from the front panel material and a scrap from the interfacing to make a little 3 inch strap of my own.  Next time I think I will add a wrist strap. My phone fits perfectly!

Thank again Sew4Hom you have the best sewing website around!!

Dorothy Schreffler said:
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I bought one similar to this but it had a plastic window on one side.  I put my driver's license in that window and my insurance cards, credit card or money and attach my keys.  With this, I don't need a purse to run out on an errand.  It is beginning to get a little shabby so I think I'm going to have to make another one!!  Thanks for this.

cl2clark said:
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I made 8 of these for Christmas gifts (and 1 for me!)  So quick, easy and cute!

carriep said:
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what sweet gift it would make for a quilty friend done in red and pink fabric.

Maria Filomena said:
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Muito bonito!!!!

Very...very...good!!!

hugs

Maria Filomena

Maria Filomena said:
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Muito bonito!!!!

Very...very...good!!!

hugs

Maria Filomena