Friday, December 4, 2015

Brandt's Blvd. Wallet

The second Easy Street Pattern by ChrisW Designs is Brandt's Blvd. which is a wallet. The wallet has an optional removable wrist strap. I chose the option of not making the wrist strap. This wallet even has a pocket to fit your phone (I don't have a mobile phone) or you can use the pocket for receipts and things. I love this style and that it was easy to sew and looks fabulous. I will be making some more of these wallets.

The pattern calls for using a thumb catch closure, but I do not have any of those and do not want to buy a bunch if I am not sure if I will ever use them again. I resisted buying twist lock closures for a long time when everyone was using twist lock closures for bags and waited to use them in a bag only to find that designers were now using thumb catch closures or flip closures. So since I have a lot of twist locks, magnetic snaps and other snaps, I will use those and not buy more closures because chances are there will be another new closure type coming out....and well it gets too expensive and I need to use up what I have already. But those closures the testers used are very pretty and if you do need to buy a closure to make this wallet then you can decide on the type of closure you want to use that will look the best with your fabric choices. Okay enough babbling on from me, LOL!!! On with my version:
I used a snap color that went with this wallet nicely. I added some serpentine stitching down the center of the flap/tab closure too.
The outside opened up so you can see it all.
The inside all opened. There is a zippered coin pocket, 4 credit card slots, and I.D. pocket with a clear window. Behind the I.D./credit card slots is a large pocket for cash. Above the zippered coin pocket is the phone or receipt pocket. And there is even a pocket behind the zippered pocket too.
My "handmade" zipper pull that I made.

My New Mexico driver license. Well you all know how awful those driver license photos are, LOL!!!

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11 comments:

  1. I love your version and I love the fact that you can be versatile with the type of closure that you use. This is a fun and easy wallet to make. I have so many more to make.

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  2. I don't care for the thumb-locks; if I'm doing something other than a snap I like the twist locks (though I've only used them once). But also functionally speaking I find the twist easier. I, too, have been trying to use what I have instead of buying more (I used to buy by the bucket load). And I read this and thought "How do you not have a mobile phone?" I forgot my phone at home today, and I thought "How nice, I won't be checking it every ten minutes--I'll get more stuff done." So I guess I should forget it at work so I can do more at home, hahaha.

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  3. What a sweet looking wallet and that little charm is too cute. Love the license! No mobile phone? Hmmm...that is good and bad. Sometimes I wish people couldn't reach me wherever I am, but it's nice to have when we're on the road.

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  4. You are quite the comedian with your DL photo! Lovely wallet and your colors and snap and beads are beautiful. Great job dear...

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  5. Very pretty. Love the colour matching popper and the wavy stitching you did on the main tab and inside the wallet. Also like how you made your card slots in the two colours.

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  6. Very lovely wallet! I wasn't able to make one at testing because of my shoulder issue but just started little by little. So many inspiring one's. Your License is so cool! Could you imagine showing it in a store when they ask for ID? LOL I'm sure I'll end up making several of these.

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  7. Cute wallet and pretty fabric choices. hahaha...what a fun I.D. card with a lot of fun details on it. I'm trying to do the same thing...use what I already have. It's so easy to just keep buying, but storage becomes a problem. Not to mention that I can't even remember I have stuff, there's so much of it.

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  8. Very cute wallet!!! I have been working on a smaller pattern, hope to have it done soon!!!

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  9. Very cool wallet! I love the "ALeon" type stitching on the tab closure. The only thing missing from your wallet is the alien banknotes! ;)

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  10. Love this wallet and the pretty fabrics you used. The drivers license is a hoot!

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  11. An other beautiful and colorful wallet! I really like your serpentine stitch. It adds lot of charm to the wallet.

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