Oilcloth Wallet

Post by Contributing Writer, Emily C.

Oilcloth is one of the easiest fabrics to use for some really amazing and simple sewing projects. You can usually pick up some oilcloth at your average fabric store, but in order to find a good variety of colors and patterns you may need to look in a specialty fabric shop or online.

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit disorganized and I’ve also had difficulty carving out the time to be creative. So this week I decided to put this little wallet together while my girls were engrossed in a coloring project. It not only satisfied that little creative need in me, but it also helped motivate me to clean out my purse and wallet and think about being more organized with my cash system!

We’re going to make a simple 2 pocket wallet. Perfect for the grocery store: cash in one side, coupons and discount cards in the other. The right size for an evening out when you only want to take the essentials of your everyday purse. Great gifts for a little one to use for play or for those first purchases made with their dollars saved up from Grandma!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Oilcloth :   2 pieces of 5 in x 7 1/2 in
2 pieces of 5 in x 6 in
25 in of bias tape
Velcro  (I added stick-on velcro after the fact, so it is not pictured)
Sewing supplies (machine, thread, scissors)

Start by taking each of your 2 – 6 x 5 pieces of oilcloth. Fold them each into a 3 x 5 rectangle and stitch along the folded edge. This creates a nice finished edge for your pockets.
(** If using sew-on velcro you will want to stitch that on now approximately one inch out from the opposite side of your stitching in the center.)

Next lay the 2 pieces of 7 1/2 x 5 oilcloth down wrong sides together. Align the 5 in. open end of your pocket pieces with the 5 in. ends of the larger pieces. Pin or hold firmly in place and stitch around the entire outside edge of the large pieces of oilcloth. This connects all four pieces together.

Trim up the edges. Lay bias tape out around the entire large rectangle and stitch in place. If using stick-on velcro you can place that where you want it now. Fold your wallet in half, tuck it in your purse and you’re ready to go!

Total time from cutting to completely finished : about 20 minutes! Now that’s the kind of project I can handle during this busy time of year.
Emily lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Jeremy and their 3 wild and crazy kiddos! She loves reading, running, baking yummy treats for her family, her early morning yoga, walking to the library and all things creative and crafty. She especially enjoys exploring nature with her children and learning side by side with them. You’ll find her chatting about all aspects of life at her blog, Industrious Emily* and also sharing her crafty side through the blog, Life at the Table.

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11 comments to Oilcloth Wallet

  • Melissa

    How do you run the oilcloth through your machine? I had a horrible time trying to sew laminated cotton because it would not feed through my sewing machine easily. The best method I found was covering the stitching area with tissue paper, but it took forever to make simple sandwich bags. I guess I’ve had better luck with oilcloth in the past, so maybe it is just the laminated cotton? Any hints are appreciated because I love oilcloth and laminated cotton! This is a great way to use up the scraps, too!


    Michele Reply:

    I have used tissue paper on top, and then torn it off after I’m done stitching. I’ve heard a teflon sewing foot can be helpful, but I haven’t tried that.



    Emily Reply:

    @Melissa, For both oilcloth and laminated cotton I set my stitch length to one of my longest settings. I run the machine fairly slowly and just know that I may have to put a little extra pressure on the fabric to guide it through the machine. I’ve never had to use tissue paper on either material (though I have heard that trick works quite well!) and I’ve never had any problems. Good Luck!


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