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Zip Around Wallet with Binding Tutorial



As promised here is the tutorial for the zip around wallet. This method is finished with binding. We are going to use bias binding here and you can check how to make bias binding in this Post

What you need:

- Bias binding 1.5" wide 
- #5 zipper - 24" long

Let's start :

1. Assembled the passport wallet as per the pattern instructions, minus the FLAP making part.


2. Prepare the zipper : 

On the open end, fold the zipper tape diagonally like the above picture

Then fold it down and hold it with a clip or pin

sew along the edge like the above picture.





Sew across the close end of the zipper to prevent the zip puller from slipping off

3.  Attaching the zipper.

Open the zipper and the wallet. We will attach the zipper from the interior part of the wallet. On the top part, mark the middle of the wallet with erasable pen. 


With the right side of the zipper facing up,place one end of the zipper tape approx 1/4" from the middle line. Using wonder clips, clip the tape all around and start sewing from the top with 1/8" seam allowance. 


Go slow around the corners. Sew one stitch at a time as you maneuver the wallet. 


When you reach the bottom part of the wallet, stop just at the end of the passport slot binding.


Now close the zipper and draw a line like the picture below. 


Now open the zipper again and place the marked zipper tape in line with the passport slot binding. (shown below with the dotted white line). Clip all around and start sewing from the marked line all the way to the top of the wallet with 1/8" seam allowance. 



When finished, it will look like the pictures below: 




4. Attaching the binding. 

Fold end of the bias binding  diagonally and place it on one side of the wallet, covering the zipper tape. Sew with scant 1/4" seam allowance. 

  

Be careful while maneuvering around the corners. Remember to always push the zipper teeth away. Setting the machine speed lower will help. 


when you reach the bottom, just pull the zipper tail inward and continue sewing. 


Before turning the bias binding, slightly cut /round the corners.  


Now, put on your fave movie and start hand sew the binding :D


Last step, trim the zipper end by about 2" and encase the end of the zipper tape with a matching fabric. 

et Voila!! Pat yourself on the back for completing your beautiful wallet with all around zipper! 


I hope the tutorial is clear enough. I will try to make a video tutorial when I make my next passport wallet! It was kind of difficult to take photos and video at the same time ^_^ 

here is the wallet in action on my YouTube Channel




Do tag me in Instagram if you make one based on this tutorial. 

Thank you for your patience reading this long post :)

Happy Sewing!

- Elvira -




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