Speaking solely in terms of sewing, of course, my biggest pet peeve could be described in one word: Scraps.
I hate ’em.
On the one hand, they can be saved for a plethora of other projects. On the other hand, I despise clutter! I can’t handle stuff laying around for the proverbial “rainy day.” Often times, I’m so ADD that I forget about the scraps to begin with so when the rainy day finally gets here I’m “up a creek” anyway… 🙂 Inevitably, I get so sick of my scraps I end up just getting rid of them. I donate them to a good cause, so all is still not lost.
Today, though. I came up with a useful way to use up selvage scraps
4.) Repeat until you have several strips sewn together.
Continue with these steps until you have enough fabric for the 2 main sides of your wallet.
7.) I used the same orange scrap and cut off the rounded tip. This is going to be a pocket in the wallet.
8.) I cut 2 more pockets (out of more scrap fabric) just like the orange one (each one just slightly smaller than the previous).
Now I have the main body of my wallet, and the 3 pockets that’ll go on the inside.
10.) Lay the 2nd wallet fabric piece on the piece with the pockets. The main wallet pieces should be right sides together.
11.) Sew a straight stitch (1/4″ seam is preferable) around the entire parameter of the wallet, leaving a 2 ” gap. Sew a reverse stitch at the beginning and end of these stitches so they won’t come undone.
12.) From the 2″ gap, turn the wallet inside out. You’ll have a hole… sew it shut by hand or by machine. I sewed mine down by machine, and I went ahead and sewed around the entire wallet just to “finish” the look a little better.
Leave as-is or add a button or snap closer if desired.