This is the trifold wallet I sewed by using the flower applique couching that I embroidered earlier on. You can get the pattern and tutorial on the embroidery work here.
Design and sew this triFold wallet only took me a night to complete (with the embroidery face ready), but begin a novice in Illustrator, drafting and finalizing the pattern took me days. It was fun playing around with Illustrator that sometimes I discovered and tried on other tools and got distracted from drawing the triFold wallet pattern. Finding possibilities to create and develop is my hobby and passion, that’s why I love creative handmade so much 🙂 By the way, you can get the free 5 pages of printable pdf pattern for this floral trifold wallet here. Be sure to set your printer paper setting to letter (8.5″ x 11″) and don’t scale it otherwise the dimension won’t be correct. There are dimensions written in the pattern, so you can check with a ruler if you are not sure if you are printing the correct size.
Tips on cutting and ironing fusible interfacing
One thing I would like to point out in this trifold wallet tutorial and other purse sewings, always cut the interfacing in right angle against the direction of the fabric. For example, for lining A, the 4 1/2″ edge is along the warp direction and 9 1/2″ is the weft direction, when you cut the fusible interfacing, make sure to reverse the warp and weft, with 9 1/2″ on the warp and 4 1/2″ on the weft. This method will make the structure of the fabric hence the purse more stable and won’t go out of shape after using for a period of time. This is because you have both direction as warp after the interfacing is fused on the fabric.
If you are not sure what heat level on the iron needed to fuse the interfacing to the fabric, always test it on a scrap fabric before you go for the real work. Basically, the lighter the weight of the interfacing the lower the heat needed. If the interfacing shrink, the iron is too hot, if the interfacing won’t stick, the iron is too cold. Start pressing from one side and slowly glide to the other side to reduce bubble creation. Check the bonding after it cools down and repeat or redo the work as necessary.