PPC29: the 2nd Prototype


you might recall from our last post in this series that even though I very much liked the new wallet I designed for my own personal use, I decided that I needed to make some pretty BIG changes in order to publish this wallet pattern because photographically, it looked too much like our 1st wallet pattern, the Walkabout Wallet

So with that backdrop… let me show you the changes that I made for this 2nd prototype! I think you’ll agree, no one’s going to mistake it for any of our previous designs now!

Here’s the new bag back. I chose to eliminate the back slot pocket in the interest of maintaining the slim profile I was looking for. You might also notice that I added an optional wristlet strap AND a tee-tiny D-ring along the bag top… just in case I want to click an optional shoulder strap to it! (It’s mate is located on the top edge of the bag front to maintain balance!)
And I included this shot to give you a visual idea of how thin this wallet is, and by just adding a simple wristlet strap I can easily see myself taking this little wallet out to a nice restaurant or a show (and leaving my full-sized bag at home) since there’s still room inside to add a pen, and a pair of readers as you can see in the photos below!

My Samsung S20 Galaxy will even fit in here!
Oh it’s a little tight, but the wallet zips up just fine!
And since mine is one of the larger phones on the market, it should be capable of holding yours too!

And guess what else?

I recently found a supplier for some nifty clear vinyl ID holders and stitched one into the side wall of the Coin Purse which you can see at left. (I’m kinda sick of tired of having to dig my license out of credit card slots.) All I had to do was satin stitch it into place, and VOILA!

So there you have it!

On my list of things I’d like to improve for next time… I think I’d like for this wallet to open up a bit wider for easier access. I also think it could stand to be just a tad wider. The dollar bills fit OK into the paper money slot, but just for ease-of-usage it wouldn’t hurt to widen the whole bag a bit… say 1/2″ and additionally. I think it I could easily reduce the height of this wallet and make it about a 1/2″ shorter.

A word about this fabric

And just in case, (as a fellow fabric lover), you ‘d like more info about this fabulous fabric from Ann Lauer of Grizzly Gulch Fabrics for Benartex. (It’s part of her “Alluring Butterfiles” collection.) we’ve added it to our online fabric store and you can get more information about it and even pick up a package of it for YOUR next project by going HERE!

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

What do YOU think of the changes I’ve made to this design? I’d be interested in hearing your comments and please stay tuned for the next post in this series when I plan on showing you our first true show sample on the road to our next new pattern!

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  1. Nina Palmer on May 3, 2023 at 7:07 am

    Like this fabric and the striped lining. Good size; could be used as purse or inside larger purse as wallet.

    • Kat on May 3, 2023 at 8:05 pm

      thanks Nina! I agree! Its very versatile! 🙂

  2. Janet Wilson on May 3, 2023 at 7:27 am

    Love the fabric!

  3. Beth on May 3, 2023 at 11:01 am

    I love the fabric, the design, and the clear holder. I agree that it could be a tad wider and shorter and still look wonderful!

    • Kat on May 3, 2023 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Beth! I can’t wait to show you the next sample!

  4. Kathryn on May 3, 2023 at 11:19 am

    This looks great! And I’m sure it will be even better once you’ve adjusted the size. I do love a well-designed wallet!

    • Kat on May 3, 2023 at 8:06 pm

      Me too Kathryn! 🙂

  5. Charlene Samanich on May 3, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    I like the changes you made and also like the next modifications for making it a tad wider (I thought the bills looked a bit tight in the picture. I also like the ID slot for your license and am wondering if it is big enough to hold my registrations? What about adding a zippered pocket on the outside of the wallet? I am so looking forward to making this one!

    • Kat on May 3, 2023 at 8:06 pm

      Hmmm…. What registrations are you referring to?

  6. Brenda on May 3, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    I love it, even if it gets a little size adjustment. But I’d still like a second outside pocket, with a zipper please! That way I can have keys in one, and phone in the other!

    • Kat on May 3, 2023 at 8:08 pm

      Hmmm… I’m not entirely sold on another zippered pocket on the outside as I’m trying to keep this profile THIN. But do stay tuned to what happens next? 🙂

  7. Lou Cofer on May 3, 2023 at 6:14 pm

    I do like the slip pocket on the outside…perfect for a kleenex. I agree with the change in dimensions. If the purchaser wish to make any other dimension changes it would be very easy. Hurry with the pattdrn!

    • Kat on May 3, 2023 at 8:09 pm

      I can’t promise to hurry. We have a nice vacation coming up in late May, but then I’m pretty wide open with no shows until late October.

  8. Diane on May 6, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    I love the style and the fabric. Great job.

    • Kat on May 6, 2023 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks so much Diane! 🙂