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celebrate the boy tutorial: basic boys wallet

I first want to say thank you to Dana and Rae for hosting such an awesome event.  If you haven’t been indulging in all the fun already, go check out both of their blogs for lots of great inspiration.  There has already been so many great ideas!

Today I’m sharing a basic boys wallet tutorial because…
every boy
needs a place
to keep his stuff!

So I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘What? She has two girls, how’d she get in the mix?!’  Well, I pretty much slipped Dana a twenty and told her I just had to join in on the fun.  But really, I think there’s a part of me that really clicks with all things boy. So here I am, onward with the tutorial…

It’s a great time of year to make these wallets.  All the fall suiting fabrics are on sale this time of year, and you’ll only need a 1/4 yard of your main fabric (and have plenty leftover to make more).
  • 1/4 yard fall suiting fabric (tweed, plaids, etc., usually made from wool and/or synthetic materials)
  • 1/4 yard lining fabric
  • scrap of leather (optional)
  • rivets, grommet (optional)
  • scrap of medium weight fusible interfacing

{1/4″ seam allowance throughout unless otherwise noted}

Cutting the pieces:
From the exterior fabric:
– cut one piece 8.5″ wide by 4″ tall
From lining fabric:
– cut 2 pieces 8.5″ wide by 3.75″ tall (this is the money pocket lining and the wallet lining piece)
– cut one piece 8.5″ wide by 9.75″ tall (this is for the card holder slots)

Assembling lining:
To create the card holder pockets, take the 9.75″ tall lining piece:
Fold it like an accordion (as you can see in the side view of the above picture). Measuring starting from the top, fold the fabric up at the 2.25″ mark, fold fabric down after 1.5″, up after 2″, down after 1.5″.  The finished piece will measure 3.75″ tall by 8.5″ wide. Press.
Next, sew 2 rows of stitching down either side of the middle of the card holder fabric spaced approximately 3/4″ apart.
Align top edges of  one 8.5″ by 3.75″  piece with top edge of card holder piece, right sides facing. Sew.
Position fabrics WRONG sides facing, press.
Topstitch along top edge. You should now have four card slots.
Baste this assembled piece to the RIGHT side of the wallet lining piece with the card slots facing you, aligning raw edges at bottom.
Assembling wallet:
Fuse interfacing to WRONG side of exterior fabric.
Place lining assembly and exterior piece RIGHT sides facing.
Sew around all edges using 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening for turning.  Clip corners.  Press.
Topstitch around entire wallet, I use a chopstick to get really close around the corners, it helps grab onto the feed dogs of your sewing machine.  You’ll be sewing close to the top of the pocket, but be sure not to catch the pocket (with wallet slots) when topstitching. Press.
Add any embellishment, grommets, leather, rivets. Follow my pictorial grommet directions:
That’s it.  It’s a pretty basic wallet, so mix up your fabrics, try something new, and get creative!  Enjoy.

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124 Responses to celebrate the boy tutorial: basic boys wallet

  1. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 03.04.2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Love love love it! These are so adorable, Anna!

  2. dana 03.04.2011 at 2:02 pm #

    This is fabulous! It’s even easier than I thought! You are always brilliant. Thanks Anna for sharing.

  3. Gabrielle 03.04.2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Thanks! I have actually been meaning to make myself a little wallet just for holding the cards I have from all the local craft shops I frequent. My “real” wallet is looking less like a fold and more like a roll! I think I am going to adapt your design to be a little more girl and less boy, but that accordion fold technique is something I was struggling to come up with on my own.

  4. alayne 03.04.2011 at 2:11 pm #

    So absolutely cute!! I can’t wait to make one for my lil boy.

  5. Canadian Kristin 03.04.2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to make these for my boys!

  6. Creative Mom 03.04.2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Love the grommet piece of the design. I can’t wait to make one for my son and maybe a girled up version for my daughter.

  7. lyndyjo 03.04.2011 at 2:44 pm #

    This is awesome! How many times has my son emptied my wallet or my husbands? I think I’ll make him his own complete with old cards that he can empty and lose as much as he wants. Then maybe he’ll leave ours alone (or not)

  8. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 03.04.2011 at 2:53 pm #

    ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with the way these turned out. Fabulous!!! Every child, buy & Man would want one!!!

  9. Marisa 03.04.2011 at 3:05 pm #

    That looks much easier than I would have imagined. Nice job!

  10. Emily 03.04.2011 at 3:06 pm #

    LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. bethanndodd 03.04.2011 at 3:08 pm #

    My 8-year son has been asking me to make him a wallet for over a month…this is perfect (and I already have some that orange suiting!) Thanks!!

  12. Vanessa 03.04.2011 at 3:09 pm #

    These really are cool! Love the fabrics you chose and the neat embellishments.

  13. aneela 03.04.2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Perfectly done as always!
    Love it!

  14. florzinha Tá 03.04.2011 at 3:32 pm #

    menina vocÊ é incrivel..
    Ficou linda e super pratica..
    Muito facil de fazer e entender..

  15. Heather 03.04.2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Love the leather and grommet details! And it’s the first project in the series that you could actually do for older boys. I’ve got a 15 and a 12 year old and I think they’d go for this! Thank you so much!

  16. Ione 03.04.2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Carla 03.04.2011 at 3:59 pm #

    So cool! My husband is going to want one too!

  18. Emily 03.04.2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Anna, those are SO cool! Love the hardware. My son is sitting next me and is insisting that I get started making one right NOW! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Ashley 03.04.2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Oh. I LOVE this! I will have to move it to the top of my list for my 5 year old that is all things money right now.

  20. Jeannie 03.04.2011 at 4:22 pm #

    These are just about the cutest things ever!
    I really love these!

  21. Leila 03.04.2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Super cool! I’ll have to wait untill my son gets interested in paper money, right now it’s all about the coins ha ha!
    Thanks for sharing.

  22. Corinne 03.04.2011 at 4:27 pm #

    This is exactly what I needed! My son has been keeping his money in a tupperware container :). It’s pretty hard to find cool wallets for boys in stores so this is a perfect solution – thank you so much for sharing!

  23. One Flew Over 03.04.2011 at 4:29 pm #

    SO fabulous!

  24. the momma 03.04.2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I LOVE the way you did the card pockets!! I’ve made a couple of wallets in the past & your way is much easier (and less bulky!) than any other method I’ve seen ~ pure genius!! thanks for sharing!!

  25. Chris 03.04.2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Another fabulous tutorial, Anna. I think I need to make some for my boys!

  26. Kris @ 03.04.2011 at 4:34 pm #

    YES!!!! i was just about to search for a pattern for a wallet!! i cant wait to make this! i love your tutorials and patterns, they are so clear and easy to follow. thank you so much!!!

  27. trish 03.04.2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I think I make one for my husband! Love it!

  28. Scattered Brain 03.04.2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Oh my goodness I good totally do that. Thank you for your wonderful tutorial. I am so excited, my boys have been bugging me for a while for wallet. Thank you

  29. Kristie 03.04.2011 at 6:39 pm #

    So super-ly cute, and your embelishments make it!

  30. Meg 03.04.2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Love it, Anna! I am going to make one for my teenage brother!

  31. JuneBug 03.04.2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Nice! I love that wallet – might make one for myself first! Who’d you borrow the boy from :)?

  32. Sara vs. Sarah 03.04.2011 at 7:31 pm #

    These wallets are REALLY cute. They look so classy & sophisticated. Thanks for the tutorial (I too have 2 girls (and 3 nieces), but am always on the hunt for good boy projects for gifts!)

  33. Jamie 03.04.2011 at 8:38 pm #

    How fantastic is this! You amaze me once again!

  34. I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar 03.04.2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Well done Anna! The wallets are super stylish and the pictures are great and the tutorial is so easy to follow. You rock! A wallet is something I never thought to sew. Great idea!


  35. Delia 03.04.2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Anna! I love this tutorial. I just bought a huge ugly leather jacket from the thrift store yesterday and I am hoping it will make a cute boys wallet…among other things.

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  36. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 03.04.2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Really cool, Anna. Any boy would love this. Especially love the grommet.

  37. CraftCrave 03.04.2011 at 9:51 pm #

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  38. ~april 03.04.2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Dude, I may need to make one of these for myself…until my son is old enough at least!

  39. Sheridan 03.04.2011 at 10:22 pm #

    I love these!! They are so cute!! :)


  40. casserole 03.04.2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I love love LOVE these wallets!! The suiting, the grommets, the everything! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  41. Екатерина Смирнова 03.04.2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Oh my!! Cool wallet! Hello from Russia!!

  42. MICHELLE 03.04.2011 at 11:40 pm #


  43. Nancy's Couture 03.05.2011 at 12:44 am #

    Anna, These are AWESOME!!! I must make some. I know a couple of OLDER boys who would like these too!!!

  44. Jess 03.05.2011 at 2:07 am #

    I bow down to your awesomeness Anna!

  45. schmidt1016 03.05.2011 at 3:09 am #

    Is it wrong to want one of these for myself? Maybe even my 33 year old “boy” would want one, and my husband, too. Neat!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

  46. HOMEmomMADE 03.05.2011 at 6:02 am #

    super cute! I’ll def have to try my hand at this. Thanks for the step-by-step! .)


  47. make it perfect 03.05.2011 at 6:31 am #

    super duper cool anna!
    toni x

  48. 03.05.2011 at 11:21 am #

    yay! I was waiting for you to do something for the boy- awesome wallets… LOVE them! -Erin

  49. jayayceeblog 03.05.2011 at 6:07 pm #

    You know, my nieces are sooooo easy to make gifts for but I never know what to do for the nephews. Really, how many knitted watch caps can they wear at once? These wallets are very cute and your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing.

  50. 03.05.2011 at 6:32 pm #

    these are darling and will make GREAT birthday gifts for all my daughter’s friends that are boys that are turning 5!

  51. lindsay 03.05.2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Superly cute, love the details.

  52. Brittany 03.05.2011 at 10:04 pm #

    How brilliant! Super manly, too. Gotta make me a couple of these. *Bookmark!*

  53. Devon 03.05.2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I just saw this linked up on homepodge. You’re so talented! Would you mind making me a herringbone wallet with rivets? 😉

  54. Terry 03.06.2011 at 2:19 pm #

    What a great idea!!
    My daughter would love one…to hold her AARP card (she’s 10!!!!). For some reason that’s her most prized possession in her wallet!

  55. pedilu 03.06.2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Coooooooool wallet!
    I wish we had a currency without coins in Europe …

  56. Irina 03.06.2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I don’t have any boys… but I love your tutorials!

  57. Jessica 03.07.2011 at 1:12 am #

    I’m always so impressed with the precision in your sewing. I am a total slob in comparison. Awesome tutorial! I love the grommets

  58. Jenny 03.07.2011 at 1:42 am #

    This is great Anna! I’m so afraid of grommets and rivets though… Yikes!

  59. MajaMarci 03.07.2011 at 8:44 am #

    love this tutorial! thank you!

  60. Kelly O. 03.07.2011 at 10:01 am #

    anna! you’ve got to stop inspiring me! I can’t get it all accomplished :)

  61. Care 03.07.2011 at 11:49 am #

    This is so stinking cute! I love the fabrics you chose, and the grommets, and — well, all of it! :o)

  62. vernagrace 03.07.2011 at 1:00 pm #

    This is so great. You are one smart cookie. My grandson loved the bike basket and I know he will love this wallet as well.! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  63. 03.07.2011 at 6:48 pm #

    That is SUPER stylish! I can’t wait until my husband needs a new wallet. I’ll be making him this one! Thanks so much, I’ll be spreading the word about your fabulous tutorial.

  64. LamLinh 03.07.2011 at 11:17 pm #

    I don’t think it is easy until reading your tutorial. So cute! I think I’ll make it for my sons.Thanks

  65. nannergirl 03.08.2011 at 10:19 am #

    I staed up late last night making one of these – thanks for the great tutorial Anna. It was easy to follow and turned out so cute. You rock!

  66. Monika 03.08.2011 at 12:37 pm #

    LURVE IT :)

  67. eloleo 03.09.2011 at 10:08 am #

    Yesyesyes! Very nice!!

  68. Ginger 03.09.2011 at 11:01 am #

    Love the wallet tutorial well done!
    Your blog so good love it!

  69. Hannah from FlyChicks 03.09.2011 at 2:45 pm #

    super cute! is my 2 1/2 year old son too young for these?!?! :)
    i might just have to try some out!

  70. SueMurph 03.09.2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Awesome, I have so many upholstery samples that would be perfect for these!

  71. Sassy Priscilla 03.10.2011 at 11:32 am #

    Got a link for this from Stacysews. Saw how cute it is and then realized – of course, Noodlehead. I made your gathered clutch for my sister as a birthday gift and it turned out darling. Can’t wait to make it.

  72. The Chuck 03.11.2011 at 12:02 am #

    I’ve been looking for a good wallet pattern for a long time, and toting a falling apart shamble all along the quest! Finally, I found your post, thanks to Man Made DIY, and I whipped up two in less than an hour this morning.

    I’m so grateful.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  73. katara5 03.12.2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Finally! An actually easy pattern/tutorial. When I’m done with it, this will not scream boy… but it will show off the tom-boy I really am. I can’t wait to get started on this.

  74. Amber 03.15.2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Very cool :)

  75. Lise 03.20.2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Thanks for this tutorial – it looks great! In fact, all your projects are great!

  76. tusen 03.26.2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Hi and many thanks for the tutorial. I’ve just made a more girly version, but the boy version is so cool, too.

  77. Kathy 05.03.2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know that we like your tutorial so much we posted a link to your blog from our Butterick Patterns Facebook page.

  78. Sharon 05.07.2011 at 4:37 am #

    Thank you for putting up this tutorial as my ds was feeling left out with my sewing projects, I am going to make him one today

  79. Nims 05.09.2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Oh, I love it! Thank you! I made a couple and have more to go. I added some decorative stitching to the card holders on one, and, since I couldn’t find leather at my local fabric stores, went to goodwill and bought a couple leather belts to cut up. They were so thick and hard to work with I would have been better off cutting up an old purse. Next time!

  80. Nims 05.09.2011 at 6:42 pm #

    I love this! Thank you! Made a couple and have more to go (posted photos to flickr). I’m going to stuff one with a gift certificate for a boy that is difficult to shop for. I added some decorative stitching to the card holder and used a cut-up belt from Goodwill for the leather accent since my local fabric stores didn’t have real leather. Next time I’ll cut up an old purse, the belts were so thick and hard to work with!

  81. shantel 06.03.2011 at 10:47 pm #

    That is great! I am featuring it on my blog on the 4th!

  82. Jenelle 12.21.2011 at 6:39 am #

    Anna, this is a wonderful and thorough tutorial. I included a link in my latest blog post:

    Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season too!


  83. Jen Conlon 01.31.2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Great tutorial! You’ve been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for home sewers.

    Grab a brag button!

  84. thesewingroomdiva 04.24.2012 at 9:17 pm #

    i love this one too. thank you very much for sharing this wonderful tutorial. just what i am looking for; for my 3 sons and for my husband.

  85. karumina 07.15.2012 at 8:45 am #

    Es super chula!!! espero hacer algo parecido… muchas gracias
    Ah! también espero seguir tus novedades

  86. Claire 07.30.2012 at 8:50 pm #

    oh this would make my nephews feel so grown up! :) i think i’ll do it for their birthdays :)

  87. Stone Cottage Adventures 11.11.2012 at 2:40 pm #

    I’ve been making your Open Wide Pouches all morning. This wallet pattern will be so perfect for the little guy in our lives. He’s six and has been asking for a wallet. THANK YOU for this wonderful tutorial! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  88. Anonymous 11.28.2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I’ve been searching for an easy pattern to make my grandson a personalized wallet with his initials. Your pattern is perfect! Thank you so much!!!

  89. Karin 01.25.2013 at 3:02 pm #

    This is a super great TUTE! Thanks

  90. Anshu 02.22.2013 at 10:20 am #

    These are so stylish. Thanks for the tutorial. I featured it here:

  91. Patricia A. Hawkenson 06.19.2013 at 11:36 pm #

    I would think it would be easier to add decorations to what will be the outside fabric BEFORE it is stitched together.

  92. Diah 07.17.2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Have to try this…My son need it one. Thank you for the tutorial.

  93. Daniel 08.15.2013 at 4:37 pm #

    This is an excellent tutorial and you get a cool wallet at a fraction of a price of what you would pay for.

  94. And I'm the weird one?! 10.24.2013 at 11:33 am #

    Thank you for posting this! I always make them out of duct tape and it’s so tedious! Sewing is way cooler!! Can’t wait to make one for my son!

  95. Svenja 10.30.2013 at 8:33 am #

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial!
    I´m searching for a wallet having also something to put the coins in. In my idea then it could be difficult sewing it on the left side before slipping the right inside out. Do you have any ideas?
    (I hope my english is understandable, haven´t ever talked about sewing in english before…).

  96. Ashley Eustice 10.30.2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Where does the fusible interfacing come in? Also what type of fabric are you using for the liner? is the white fabric light weight and the grey fabric heavier? I love these wallets, i am making them for my boys and nephews for Christmas! I hope mine turn out good, have you ever thought about a doing a video tutorial? ( I follow them so much better, haha)

  97. Carla at Preschool Powol Packets 11.13.2013 at 5:46 pm #

    My son would love this! I’m pinning it to my Gifts for Preschoolers (DIY Style!) board–thanks for sharing the directions!!

  98. Anonymous 11.19.2013 at 11:43 am #

    Hi! Your site requests we use this for personal use only. I’m looking for permission to use this with the boys (and perhaps girls with different fabric choices) in our 4-H club. I think it would be a great way to advance their sewing skills…lots of topstitching practice!

    • Anna 11.19.2013 at 11:57 am #

      oh yes, please do make these with your 4-H club! The terms are more for those who would want to make and then sell the finished items, that’s why it’s listed for personal use/charity/gift giving only.

  99. umielaine 11.20.2013 at 4:23 am #

    thank you…. bless you all, those who sincerely share this kind of tutorial, it really awesome. hope i can make it someday. ^^

  100. Wicked jypsi 11.30.2013 at 8:03 pm #

    This is such a great tutorial, I would love to put it on my blog along with the two wallets I am making for my brother-in-law’s this Christmas. I wanted to get your permission to put it on my blog with a link back to your tutorial. Would that be okay? Just let me know and Thank You for the awesome post!!

  101. liloca, liloquinha 12.27.2013 at 7:20 am #

    Impossível não querer fazer igual!!!!

  102. Mat Piers 01.22.2014 at 5:00 am #

    Fantastic tute thanks!

  103. Anonymous 03.05.2014 at 9:16 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I just made one for my husband and even though I am a novice at sewing it took me just over an hour :-) Janet

  104. hami jam 06.19.2014 at 6:34 am #

    I love these!! They are so cute!! :)
    leather wallets for men

  105. Cynthia 09.07.2014 at 11:55 am #

    Is there a way to download this other than as an html? My granddaughter would enjoy making this, but does not have access to a computer at home. I do not know how to get a pdf for this pattern.

    • Anna Graham 09.08.2014 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Cynthia! Sure, just highlight and copy/paste the text/pics into a word doc. :)

  106. Emma 11.08.2015 at 1:59 pm #

    I can’t believe how quick this project was!!!! I forgot to get a 5 year old boy a gift for his birthday today, so I googled homemade gift ideas and voila! I have a lovely gift! I added Velcro and a little flap so his money doesn’t fall out (I’m going to stuff it with some $1 bills :) )

  107. Kay 12.18.2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Well, I am not sure if somebody already mentioned in the comments but I have a problem with the measurement of one of the lining pieces. It says in your tutorial “cut 2 pieces 8.5″ wide by 3.75″ tall”. But should one of them need to be 4 inch tall to match the height of the external fabric?

    • anna 12.18.2015 at 3:46 pm #

      Hi Kay,
      Thanks for your comment. The cut 2 pieces 8.5″ wide by 3.75″ tall (this is the money pocket lining and the wallet lining piece) is where the dollar bills get tucked into. So therefore there needs to be two and slightly shorter than the exterior wallet part. Hopefully I’m understanding your confusion, let me know if that helps.


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