Small Crossbody Wallet – When You Need An Extra Pocket

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I'm happy to share this new simple project and free pattern for the Small Crossbody Wallet.  It can be made using fabric, leather or vinyl and is suitable for intermediate sewists or advanced beginners.

First, let me share with you the backstory for the design.  I had a disagreeable little incident a couple of days ago, so I thought I'd take the experience, learn some lessons, and make the best of it.

I was at the supermarket buying a few things for the house.  I was standing in line for the cash register, and the person behind me bumped into me.  She kept creeping so close to me that I felt like asking if she wanted to pay my bill.

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I was with my daughter and she was telling me about her day, which only occurs right after I pick her up, so I have learned to drop everything and pay attention because once we get to the house she'll run off like a rabbit into her room and only surface for dinner.

Instead of returning my card and bill back into my pocket I kept it in my hand along with bags of groceries.  That is when it happened.  Another bump from the lady behind me and the card was gone.  However, I did not realize it until we had arrived back home.

I returned immediately to the store to retrieve the card thinking I had left it somewhere or dropped it on the floor.  I checked with security and customer service.  It couldn't be found and fearing the worst I called American Express to block the card and report it stolen.  “Do you remember your last charge?” the service person asked, yes I quoted the amount, the card was blocked and I was to receive a new one within 5 working days.  Thank you American Express, it only took 17 minutes and considering the card is from Australia and I am currently in South America, that is pretty impressive.

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A day or so later, we went back to the mall –me to buy some placemats and my daughter to drink some tea with her friends.  I decided to pop back to the customer service counter at the store and inquire if anyone had handed back my card.  The girl at the counter said, “yes, I remember this card, please go to security”.  It turns out the woman who had “found the card” tried to use it, but because it was reported stolen she had some explaining to do with the police.  There was a police report and everything.

I learned a valuable lesson here, to take my time to put my card back in my wallet and to keep my money in a secure place.  The real key is to take my time.  If I had taken an extra 30 seconds to secure my card, I would not have made myself a target.  However, my outfit had very shallow pockets which did not give much protection, so that may not have even helped much.  What I really needed was a secure, extra pocket.

Well, this project fixes that problem.  My solution is a small crossbody wallet and it is both easy and fast to make.

Skill Level: Advanced beginners to intermediate.  Suits people who love to experiment with different techniques and approaches to sewing.

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Materials for Your Small Crossbody Wallet

Tools

  • Snap tool
  • Hammer
  • Sharp scissors
  • Sewing machine that can handle 8 layers of fabric
  • Walking foot

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Pattern Layout

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Finished Measurements

The wallet is 7″ X  5.25″ X 1.5″ (18.7cm X 13cm X 3.8cm).

This small crossbody wallet is big enough for a card holder and a large mobile phone.

Printing Instructions

Use the latest version of Adobe Reader, this is the only program you will need and we are not asking you to download any other program nor pay for additional programs.

Print the small crossbody wallet pattern on Actual Size and on a Landscape format.

Note:  I have enclosed zipper tabs with the pattern but I will not get into it.  I will on another occasion show you how to add a zipper to this wallet.

Sewing Instructions

I have to make a note here, the following sewing instructions are for machines capable of handling thick fabrics.  I am testing the capabilities of a sewing machine and I am not sure that it will handle the eight layers of fabric when it is time to close the sides of the crossbody wallet. If that does not work for you either I recommend you to sew the outside layer separate from the lining and leave a space on the lining to be able to turn the wallet around or try to follow the instructions below using a walking foot.

Step One

Fuse the interfacing to the fabric and lining before you cut the pattern.  This is a requirement when you are using natural fibers since I am using fusible woven interfacing and cotton quilting the chances of the fabric shrinking are high.

The interfacing is woven you will have to follow the grain linen when applying it the outer fabric.

Trace the pattern on the fusible interfacing side of both outer layer (fashion fabric) and lining.

Trace the placement of the fasteners and the dots provide in your pattern.

 

Step Two

Make the ring holder by tracing the two rectangles provided in your pattern.

This small rectangle will only need interfacing on one side, otherwise, it will be nearly impossible to turn the piece inside out.

Print sides together, sew on three sides and leave one of the smallest side open to be able to turn the rectangle inside out.

Iron and fold the raw edge of the rectangle inside by 3/8″.

Put this little rectangle to one side.  We will use it when the time comes to add the snap fastener.

Step Three

Sew the lining and the outer layer print facing each other at 1/4″ seam allowance.

Repeat a second stitching to reinforce the bag.  Cut off the seam allowance leaving 1/8″.   Leave a space at the bottom marked in your pattern) to be able to turn the fabric inside out.

Iron folding the seam allowance at the bottom.

Step Four

Place the snap fastener on the front and back of the small crossbody bag wallet.

The fasteners have two pieces for the front and two pieces for the back.

Following your pattern mark the placement of the pieces.

Open a hole with the punch holder that comes with your kit.  You will need the use of a hammer for this step.Open a hole in the little rectangle you sewed previously on the side that is closed. See picture below.

Insert the cap from the right side of the fabric so the post of the cap shows.

And yes! before you mentioned it I nearly forgot about the little rectangle.

Place the socket on the back and using the rivet piece hammer so the post is flattened.  

You have placed the front snap on the wallet now you need to repeat the procedure with the back of the snap fastener. 

Step Five

Sew the sides of the wallet at 3/8″.  Use your walking foot if you need to.

My machine does not have a walking foot nor can handle the many layers of fabric when it was time to sew the sides of the wallets. I had broken needles and the machine refused to sew.

I used a speedy stitcher to sew one side and then the other.

I am not going to go into any detail on the speedy stitcher because I love this little gadget and I think it deserved a special post on its possibilities. Especially for those of you who would like to use thick materials for bags, hats, and shoemaking.

Squeeze the corners together and sew also at 3/8″ to square the bottom of the wallet.

Turn the wallet around and iron.  Open the flap and place the ring on top of the rectangle. Thread the rectangle through the ring and stitch the rectangle down.

I will be making a tassel to hang on the ring.  Follow this tutorial to make your own.

Step Six

Cut the nylon webbing strap the length you want. I do not want my wallet too long but I do want to use it across my body for more security.

Using matches seal the edges of the strap.  Fold the edge by 3/4″ so the end does not show and sew the straps down on both sides.  

There, in six easy steps, we have made ourselves an extra pocket for the times when a handbag is too much and you don't want to be a target.

Please share pictures of your projects with me and the other readers in the comments section below.  It is honestly my favorite part of the day when I get to see what everyone has made.

Until next time and happy sewing!

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102 Responses to Small Crossbody Wallet – When You Need An Extra Pocket

  1. Victoria Gonzalez says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! Best regards from Chile.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Victoria, I am in Chile at the moment, where in Chile are you? You can send me PM to my Instagram @soseweasyoffcial I am writing about the sewist in Chile would you like to be featured?

  2. Shirley Schenmeyer says:

    I love the flap attached on the back of the wallet. neat idea.

  3. Maria says:

    Any ideas about reinforcing the strap or the bag so that no one can slice through it?

    • Linda Van Raay says:

      You could use a chain instead of the strap material, make a tube strap and insert a chain into it, or braid the strap material with some chain. They would all look nice and make it more difficult to cut through.

  4. Aussie says:

    Mayra, I have done the same thing through trying to hurry and had to then wait for a new card, so thank you so much for this “extra pocket”.

  5. Tropical Threads says:

    I can really see a use for this in my own life! I have been thinking of making a historically inspired external ‘pocket’ but this is a lot more secure.

    Also though, I’ll put a zip in at the top of the bag, and have the flap folding over that. My sister in london who used to use the ‘Tube’ a lot said you really need bags with zips.

    But what a yukky experience.

    If you’d like a bit of a giggle, let me tell you a story that happened to one of my lecturers at Uni.
    He was in Italy, and a purse-snatcher grabbed his wallet. So he took chase, and managed to get the thief by the scruff of his neck. He demanded his wallet back, AND all the cash that he’d taken out of it. He just kept demanding in a VERY loud voice till the thief handed over the cash too.

    When my lecturer got home and sorted out the money, he had made a profit!!! The thief had given him more money than he’d orignally stolen.

    In retrospect, it probably came from some poor victim, but since my lecturer didn’t realise it till later, he essentially made a profit!

  6. Brian Becicka says:

    Just completed two wallets using denim recycled from an old pair of jeans. Lined with some quilting fabric. I hand stitched the bottom rather than using a machine through the multiple layers. I think they will make wonderful Christmas presents.

  7. MRS JENNIFER MOORE says:

    This little bag will save all those pesky “hurrying up” problems. Had a similar thing recently at the pet shop, kept card in hand to save fiddling with wallet, when I put goods in car luckily card fell under seat. Realised it had gone and went back into store, not there, was really worried thinking of the hassle of cancelling etc., then hooray had another look in car and found it. Wanted to pay $5 but couldn’t work out exchange rate so you only got $4 something, sorry.

  8. kat says:

    I love this idea! My only caution is the little ring at the bottom could lead someone to try to grab it and open your pocket. If it is secured at the top with a zip lining, it wouldn’t be a problem, however, if not secured, if someone grabbed the ring, the contents within could spill out easily. I would probably make it without the added ring

  9. Lesley Brough says:

    Thanks for sharing again. I made a patchwork bag that I wear under my coat when I go shopping and a small purse on a string to carry my phone at home. Not all clothes have pockets and I was missing calls and messages. Your bag will be another addition to my collection.

  10. Gabriele says:

    Many thanks for sharing this nice crossbody wallet.

  11. Rita says:

    Thankyou for the cute pocket purse. Haven’t made it yet but I will with some additions. Glad everything turned out for you. To further protect your cards you might want to consider adding a lining of RFID protector, available from several vendors. It goes between the lining and any padding and the outer fabric. Yes it does add cost, but believe me it’s worth it. I had a rather nasty surprise a few years ago when I was standing at the cash behind my friend who was paying and the credit card scanner caught my card and I wasn’t very near. In this age of despicable characters I wouldn’t make a purse or wallet without that protection now. Love your site. Thankyou so much for all the lovely items you offer us.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Rita, what a nightmare, cloning of cards is very popular now, the thieves don’t even need to be close to you. Must purchase insurance for the cards now. Yes, I am familiar with RFID, quite expensive material but worth the investment.

  12. Kathleen Troost says:

    I teach a sewing class at a women’s treatment center in Detroit. Thinking of using the basic pattern cut from vinyl and adding a piece to the back to put webbing through to make it into a belly bag of sorts. Using the vinyl eliminates the need for a lining and makes it easier for them to sew. These are not experienced sewers. I think it may work. Wanted it to be a one piece pattern. Thank you

  13. Joyce Peters says:

    Not making the purse but enjoyed the back story. I am in my 80’s and have learned the lesson about taking the extra seconds to secure my card after paying.

  14. Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience; we need to keep aware in these crazy times! And thanks for sharing the pattern!

  15. Patricia Graham says:

    Thank you for the pattern. I’m so sorry what happened, but at least you have a happy ending!

  16. Joan says:

    The best thing to do in a case like your nasty little incident is to call attention to what’s happening. Speak loud enough that the cashier can overhear you. Since the last thing a thief wants is attention, that, alone might be enough to put him/her off. And these days, with the covid-19 virus floating around, it should be even easier…

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Indeed should be but with masks, worn people have stopped having an interest in human interaction to be stuck on the screen of the mobile phone.

  17. Vickie says:

    Can’t wait to try the pattern. These days you can’t be too careful. Glad you had a happy ending. My problem right now is I tried paying via PayPal and it just continued in an endless loop. I don’t know what the problem is because I wanted to contribute to you.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Vickie, you can contribute any time you want. Your comment, suggestions, opinions, ideas, sharing your project on social media helps me already. So thank you for taking the time to read the article and comments.

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