Welcome to Day 2 of the NCW sew-along! Today we’re going to tackle the flap and main body panel of the wallet.
Grab all your beautifully interfaced A, B and D fabric pieces and let’s get started. You’ll also need your Peltex piece C for this step.
Flap: Put your flap pieces pretty sides together and sew all the way around the curved edge with a ¼” seam – leave the bottom (straight edge) open for turning. A quarter inch quilting foot works great for this but if you don’t have one, find the quarter inch mark on your regular sewing machine foot to make sure your seams are as accurate as possible. The NCW uses ¼” seams throughout construction and it’s important to maintain these accurately so the finished pieces go together nicely.
To make the border piece fuse the Peltex piece C to the wrong side of the fabric border (piece B). At this point you’re going to clip the fabric along all the curves and corners. Clip close to but not right up to the edges of the Peltex for a nice, professional finish. The pattern recommends double sided tape (Wondertape is great). I prefer to use a ¼” fusible tape at this step because it holds better for me. ¼” light weight Steam-a-seam works great for this. Just iron strips along both edges of your Peltex border piece, remove the paper backing, fold over the fabric and iron in place. If you iron under and up over the Peltex the fabric should be nice and tight as you go.
I give myself a 7/10 on this one…lol! <---Hey Lisa! Don't be so hard on yourself, it looks fantastic!
Update: Here is a tutorial from the Emmaline Blog on how to install a turn lock. I've also heard that using your rivet press or seam ripper works well for creating the hole.
Brief interruption. I like to attach my wrist strap and cross body strap anchors at this point. To make anchors like these you need two pieces of 2”x2 ½” fabric. Fold in half length-wise, and open. Fold each side towards the middle and then fold the whole piece in half. You will end up with two mini straps 2 ½” by ½” wide. You can top stitch the edges at this point if you want. Take a small ½” d-ring and loop the strap through it. Secure the D ring with a line of stitching.
There is also another great strap anchor tutorial on the Emmaline blog if you're looking for another way to attach your wrist and shoulder straps. Straps are optional but make the wallet more versatile in my opinion.
Back to the body and flap. Put your exterior body fabric pretty side up. Make sure the twist lock is at the bottom. Lay the finished flap wrong side up, centred at the top of the main body piece. This is where I add my strap anchors. I put the unfinished bottoms flush with the edge of the flap and body just inside the edge of the flap. The D rings will be towards you.