I’d like to introduce the Lucky Penny Wallet, my latest FREE pattern! This simple, slim wallet has been designed for sewing with cork fabric, vinyl, or kraft-tex. It only takes a small amount of fabric, so it’s a wonderful pattern for anyone who is sewing with one of these materials for the first time, or for using up scraps! Also, there’s no lining or hardware needed for this pattern!
This pattern is a quick and easy project for beginners and advanced alike. Customize your wallet with embroidery, applique, additional pockets, and more! Some of my pattern testers added zippers, lining, decorative stitches, and even combined different colors and textures of material. It’s been really inspiring to see what everyone has come up with in my Facebook Group!
If you own a cutting machine, such as a Silhouette Cameo, I’ve created SVG cutting files for you to cut out the pattern pieces with ease! Awesome, right?! Let the machine do most of the work for you! I currently own a Silhouette Cameo, which cuts cork fabric beautifully. Check out my recommendations for cutting cork fabric on a cutting machine below!Get the Free Pattern Here! Browse Cork Fabric Here!
I must warn you… These wallets are very addicting to make! From start to finish, they only take about 30-90 minutes to complete.
The finished size of this wallet is approximately 7-1/2” wide and 3” high when it’s closed. It features two slip pockets, six card slots, one ID holder, and one panel to tuck your phone or checkbook behind.
As always, I’ll take you step-by-step, so you’ll learn how easy it is to produce a professional-looking wallet! Included are step-by-step graphics to help make the written directions easier to understand. Also included are many sewing techniques and tips to help you achieve a quality, finished project. This pattern is designed to help you learn and expand your sewing skills, while having fun!
Here are a few helpful tips on how to cut cork fabric on a cutting machine:
- There are three main textures of cork fabric, each with a slightly different fabric support backing: natural, leather patterns, and surface colors. Each of these textures are available in my online shop. Because of the different texture and backing, I’ve found that it makes a difference which way the cork is placed on the cutting mat. >>>
- I cut natural with the cork side against the mat. The natural cork backing is more “spongy” and doesn’t stick to the mat well.
- I cut leather patterns and surface colors of cork with the cork side up. Most of the leather patterns have a ridged texture, so it’s difficult for them to stick to the mat without sliding. It’s easier to get a cleaner cut when the cork side is up on the mat. The surface colors of cork are very smooth, so they slide on the mat if you don’t cut with the cork side up.
- I use a blade depth of 10-11.5 depending on how new the blade is.
- Your cut pressure should be on a lower setting, because you don’t want the blade to drag the cork.
- Turn down your cut speed! Cork is thicker than what you’re used to cutting, so your machine needs more time to cut.
Please remember >>> These are only my recommendations! Your machine, your mat, and your blade settings are likely different than mine. Each machine has its own personality. These recommendations are a good starting point, but it’s a good idea to test cut before you start your project.Get the Free Pattern Here! Browse Cork Fabric Here!
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Jess from Sallie Tomato
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