I made something new this week: a full-sized ladies' wallet! I'm really excited about it, because I've always intended to work up a design for a wallet, and this came out great!
See, on the left side it has a long slot for bills, and behind that is a long zippered pocket. On the other side are six slots for cards. A lot of wallets have the card slots facing upwards, towards the open side of the wallet, and I don't like that--I'm afraid a credit card could fall out unnoticed. I designed this so the card slots and the bills pocket face the fold of the wallet, so when it is closed and snapped shut, nothing can fall out.
Why did I make it? Because, when I was in Arkansas last week, I got an order on Etsy for this cupcake purse (below); the lady who ordered it says she is CRAZY for cupcakes!
She requested the long, single strap (instead of the two shorter straps I usually put on my bags)--which is no problem; then she asked if I make wallets to match my purses? Well...I thought about it and decided that just because I haven't done it before doesn't mean I can't do it! I said I would be happy to make a matching wallet.
As soon as I got home from my trip, I got working on it. Past experience has shown me that any time I design something new, it isn't really good until I make the third one. I didn't want to waste the limited cupcake fabric making the first two "practice" wallets, so I used this blue lollipop fabric instead (I have a lot of it for some reason!) The blue wallet in this picture is the third one--sure enough, the first two were not good!
I was very happy with this blue wallet, so I went ahead and made my customer's wallet in the cupcake fabric. I've sent her the purse and wallet, and she should be receiving them today.
I have just started using the blue one in my own (non-matching!) purse, so I can test it in action. If I am totally satisfied with it, I will add it to my Etsy inventory. It's so exciting to do something new!