Friday, July 27, 2012

DIY Wristlet Pouch with Card Slots Tutorial

Wristlet Pouch Tutorial

2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" outside fabric
2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" inside fabric
2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" thin fusible interfacing
2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" thick fusible fleece
4 pieces 4.25"x 4.5" pieces for credit card pockets
Clamp for Keys (usually in the purse section at craft stores)
Small piece of fabric for holding clamp

I used a 1/4" seam allowance on everything.

You can see my inspiration pouch on the left, I love it but it was too short. If you prefer a shorter version just change up the long side measurements to suite your needs. Also you could get creative with the outside fabric like the inspiration pouch is.


Here are the credit card fabric pieces, cut, folded the longer end in half right sides together, ironed flat.


Sew the credit card pieces along all three open edges, leaving a gap for turning.

Iron them again to make it easier to sew later. Tuck the opening in and iron flat to hide edges.

Pin first piece in place, I just guessed at placement, no measuring.

Sew the bottom only to your inside piece.

Sew the next piece and bit lower. Continue doing this until all are sewn.

Now you want to sew up both sides to finish

To add a bit of cushion I ironed on thick fusible fleece on the outside pieces and a thinner fusible interfacing on the inside pieces.

Both front and back sections

Begin by trimming your zipper to the right size, there should be directions on the package explaining how to do this (basically cut 1/2" longer than the length you need, stitch over the zipper part with double thread)

This is the tricky part, putting the zipper on without showing any edges. You want to attach the right sides of your inner and outer fabric to the zipper. Pin it before sewing and make sure you have it right.

It should look like this & this (yes I got a lil too close to my zipper on once side):

Now it's time to seal all the edges. Make sure your outer fabric is right sides together and same for your inner fabric. You're going to stitch a big rectangle around all the sides leaving an opening in the inner bottom for turning.

At this point you'll need to cut a piece to hold your key clamp. I didn't measure just cut a small rectangle that looked like it would work, Iron it in half right sides together, stitch and turned right side out.

You want to to sew your clamp and ribbon at the same time you're stitching all the edges up. So stick them inside your outer fabric, pin in place. No measuring is required, just cut your ribbon big enough for your hand to fit through and place them on the outer fabric wherever it looks comfortable to you.

Ok all the edges are sewn (you can also see the edges of the clamp and ribbon sticking out).

Leave an opening in the inner bottom to turn.

Ok now turn it right side out. You may notice I decided to add a fifth pocket on the bottom to store larger items. I decided not to suggest it in the tutorial because I've since discovered it's too deep in the pouch to really be accessible or useful.

Final step close in that opening on the inner fabric. Stuff in the inner inside outer and you're done!

Holds all my cards, pen, business cards, chap stick, checks, iphone, hand wipe packets. Keys attach to outside.


  1. How the heck are you NOT getting any comments?!!! You are so stinkin creative!! Already, 3 things I NEED!!!! TFS!!!!

  2. Great project! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. I could not find the Clear hanging folder on the Walmart website. Can you please tell me the brand so that I can look at it online. It is very cute. Thanks for the idea!!!

    1. I don't see it on the website, it may be a local product but I've removed the label that has the specific brand. You could try googling "Acrylic Hanging File Holder". I've seen a ton of them on Amazon.

  4. Awesome tutorial. Very creative!!

  5. This is so cool! I love the fabric! I will be making one of these for myself.

  6. I have all of the "ingredients" written down...this will be done this week! I love the idea for the cards pockets. my current wristlet doesn't have that and I can't wait for this one!!'
    thank you!!!

  7. me & my mom made this over the weekend. It was so quick & simple. best of all I got to hang with my mom and do something we both like to do.

  8. me & my mom made this over the weekend. It was so quick & simple. best of all I got to hang with my mom and do something we both like to do.

  9. Thank you for the tutorial. my daughter is guilty of just carrying her wallet, well low and behold she left it on a shelf and someone turned it.. how nice huh? yeah until she realized they took 200 dollars she had in it! UGH. so,,.. I am going to make her one of these for Christmas.. maybe several to match her fave outfits. thank you again.

  10. I have just almost finished making this wristlet. Now as I try to turn it inside out, I guess I would have left the zipper open!! I think I'll have to tear one seam out! Did you make sure the zipper was open before sewing up the edges?

  11. This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. I need a small wristlet that zips up and holds my phone, debit card, drivers license, cash, phone, etc. that I can clip to my diaper bag or toss it inside and that I can grab and go when I'm baby free. This is perfect and I'm so excited!!! Bought my supplies yesterday and can't wait to get started!

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