Friday, February 1, 2013

Travel Wallet Scrap Buster

Yes, it is the first of February, but in my defense I started this post last night and the pictures messed up so... I'm only putting it up now. This past weekend, I did the very first Stashbusting Sewalong 2013 task! This month's theme is "Itty Bitty." If I would have had more time, I would have actually done something else, because mine doesn't really use very small pieces, but the instructions did say that, as long as it was less than one yard, it was fair game. I just felt like a bit of a cop-out for not doing something with challengingly small pieces, because I do have them. I took this picture of what I found in my scrap box. The bobbin is there to give a little bit of a scale...
Honestly! What was I thinking! It's perfectly cut, I'll give it that, but even calling it a 1" x 1" square is being a little generous. It's a pretty fabric and I honestly don't remember what I used the rest of the fabric for! It's pretty mysterious.

Anyway! I got the idea for this travel wallet from Jessie's project from this tutorial. This was actually a very selfish project, because I made it all for ME. The weekend before, I got new luggage and it is BRIGHT pink (I'm talking, blinding; there will be no missing that guy on the conveyor!), so this will match perfectly! I want to make the luggage tag too, but I didn't have a plastic folder to cut up to use for the transparent bit. I'll show pictures of that when I get around to it. Not like I'm really going anywhere soon.... When I do, though, this little guy will be right with me! I love how convenient it is.
I took advantage of my sewing machine's ability to stitch letters. I thought it was pretty cute :)

The button was actually the last of a pack of cover buttons that was just floating around in the bottom of my box, and I thought it would be perfect for this project! I've had bad luck with those falling off, but I bit pressed down SUPER hard so hopefully I won't lose it.
This is probably the brightest combination of colours I have ever used, and they don't go together perfectly, but all in the name of stashbusting!

I made some slight changes to the tutorial. Firstly, the pink fabric with yellow flowers was actually upholstery fabric so I didn't think it was necessary to use any interfacing. Also, since I sewed down three of the sides of the passport pocket, I didn't use interfacing there. I followed instructions, like I should have on the ticket pocket, and used interfacing there, because it had 2 open sides, so I wanted it to be a bit more rigid.

This was a really easy project that I did in an afternoon so I was pleased. I love how it turned out. It quite suits me... and my extremely pink suitcase :)

I already have an idea for February and I'm so excited about it! <3 p="">


  1. Bailey this is FREAKING adorable. I think the fabrics go perfectly, you were always so good at pairing them. I am so jealous about your letter stitching. I love it!!Z

  2. I need to make myself one at some point!!

  3. I nominated you for a Liebster award! Please see my post here:
    Thanks! Have a great day! :)