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Snappy Manicure Wallets

Navy Anchor Wallet with Polish

2014 was the first year that I’ve had to think about giving gifts to teachers, since it’s the first year that one of my kids has been in school.  Luke is in 3 year old preschool this year and I wanted to give his teachers a handmade gift.  I had a few different patterns that were in the running but I settled on the Snappy Manicure Wallet from Noodlehead.  It’s a free pattern and it’s a great little stash busting project. 

first mani wallet

I made the first one as a test run using velcro instead of snaps for the closure.  I loved how the wallet turned out but I didn’t love the velcro.  Who knows why, but I was pretty scared to try inserting snaps.  I guess it’s the thought of creating something and then having to cut a hole in it– what if the snaps didn’t set in right?  Then I’ve ruined my project.  It’s sort of the feeling I got making my first welt pocket, but on a much smaller scale.

4 Closed Wallets

3 Closed Wallets

Anyway, I got brave, bought some snaps, and did a test run.  The snap went in without a hitch, so I used snaps on all of the wallets from there on out.  I posted a photo of my first wallet on Facebook and a few of my friends asked if I’d make wallets for them.  I was able to use stash fabrics for all but one of the wallets I made and got a nice assembly line going.

Navy Anchor Closed Wallet

I decided to quilt the outside of a few of them, for some added interest.  I used heavy duty silver snaps on a few of them and pearl snaps on the rest.  The pearl snaps are really easy to insert, because they don’t require you to cut a hole in the fabric.  They have prongs that poke through the fabric instead.  I don’t have a fancy snap setter– I just used the ones that came in the pack with the snaps I bought.  I really loved the pearl snaps (and when I finally get to make my Archer shirts I will probably use pearl snaps on at least one!)  I also used fusible fleece to line the main exterior fabric.  I think the pattern suggests using batting, but I liked the structure I got from the fusible fleece.

Insides 3

Insides 1

Insides 2

I was actually a little bit sad when this project came to an end.  It was so much fun to dig through my stash to find fabrics that would coordinate– and it made me nostalgic for the clothes that I have made out of these fabrics.  Some of my friends suggested color palettes but mostly I got to run wild and be creative with my choices.   I hope that all of the recipients like them as much as I liked making them!

~Teri

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6 thoughts on “Snappy Manicure Wallets

  1. Teri, you are the wonder woman of sewing! I can’t believe you made so many of these, and they all came out beautifully! I hope all the recipients enjoyed them as well. 🙂 The pearl snaps are a really nice touch – I’ll have to try them sometime.

    I love Anna’s patterns but haven’t tried one yet, although I have my eye on the Super Tote. One day!

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    1. Carolyn, this was my first of Anna’s patterns, but I’ve since made the Poolside tote sample for Indiesew. I’m in the cutting stages of making another of that bag to keep for us. I am still thinking about a Super Tote, too. I feel like it would make a good diaper bag. I don’t technically need a new diaper bag, but if we have a girl I may make the girlie diaper bag I’ve been wishing for since before Luke was born!!

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      1. Haha!! I’ll be curious to see what happens. 🙂

        I think the Super Tote would make a great work bag for me. I just need something big enough to fit my relatively small laptop and lunch.

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