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The Penny Inn will surprise you with just how much stuff you can pack in there, including your mobile phone! You can keep your cards, cash and receipts all organised and make good use of one of the zipper pockets to stash some cash away for a rainy day!
The Penny Inn features a gorgeous flip lock main compartment closure, opening into 8 card slots with optional slip pocket, two large slip pockets, a zippered coin section, an additional zipper pocket and a phone slip pocket.
The second wallet section, secured by a snap tab, features an additional 12 card pockets, an ID window and a slip pocket as well as another zipper pocket.
You can choose to add a wrist strap, or an adjustable cross body strap. Both are secured via detachable hooks, so why not make both straps so you can swap them as desired. Or remove them completely so you can pop your wallet in your bag instead!
You can see our blog post sew along with Ellen HERE!
Approx. size when closed and empty: W 21cm X 11cm X D 4cm (W 8 ¼” X H 4 3/8” X D 1 ½”)
The pattern for The Penny Inn has a full requirements list with suggestions on where to obtain the Decovil 1, 52 pages of comprehensive instructions which include 128 step by step colour photos.
There are printing instructions and test squares to check your scale. Cutting measurements are provided PLUS 23 Pattern pieces are included - YOU choose which you prefer to use! (Except where a pattern piece is required such as for a shaped piece - 8 shaped pieces are included!)
PLUS a TEXT ONLY version of the instructions (15 pages) comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes, should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!
*There is also a special FREE Supplement available in my Facebook group to make an alternative interior of extra pockets in place of one bank of 8 card slots.
*Exterior fabric: 1 X piece W30 cm x H 38cm (W12” x H 15”) If not making Straps and 45cm (1/2 Yard) if making Straps.
* Exterior contrast: 1 X piece W 24cm X H 8cm (W 9” X H 3 1/8”).
*Lining fabric: 90cm (1 yard) of 112cm (44”) wide fabric.
*Fusible woven interfacing: Pellon Shape-Flex SF101, 45cm (1/2 yard) (or length of Strap interfacing, if making).
*Vilene Decovil 1: 1 X piece W 25.5cm x H 41cm (W 10” X H 16”) (or substitute with Peltex).
*Pellon 809 Décor Bond (or other firm non-woven interfacing): W 25.5cm X H 25.5cm (W 10” X H 10”).
*Matching thread (I have used Aurifil Cotton 40wt).
*3 X 20cm (8”) or longer dress zippers.
*Small piece of clear vinyl for ID pocket.
*Fusible fleece: small scrap for the Tab Closure.
*1 X 12.5mm metal snap button (or similar).
*1 X large flip lock W 55mm X H 25mm; closed height 33mm (W 2 1/8” X H 1”; closed height 1 5/16”).
*Double sided Wonder Tape.
*2 X metal corners (optional).
*2 X 2cm (3/4”) hooks (inner diameter) (optional for adjustable strap).
*1 X 2cm (3/4”) slider (inner diameter) (optional for adjustable strap).
*1 X 2cm (3/4”) hooks (inner diameter) (optional for wrist strap).
*1 X 2cm (3/4”) slider (inner diameter) (optional for adjustable strap).
*2 X 12mm (1/2”) D rings (optional for attaching straps).
*4 X 6mm X 8mm (cap) rivets (optional).
*2 X 25cm (10”) cable ties OR 18cm (7”) of 5mm wide boning (recommended BUT optional). *Fray stopper (optional) & craft glue (I use Gutermann HT2).
The Penny Inn *Video Tutorial is designed to accompany the PDF sewing pattern. Great for visual learners, it runs for 4 Hours and 20 minutes, covering everything you need to know as I work through sewing the wallet from start to finish!
*You will need the PDF pattern to complete your wallet.
*Please note: The video is delivered via streaming (Not a Download) on a secure passcode protected page right here at ChrisW Designs.
*For help on how to access the video after purchase, please see HERE..
The Amy backpack is both stylish and useful too! Even though overall it is relatively small, it is quite roomy with loads of pockets to keep everything organized!
Complete with a large front exterior zippered pocket, an elastic front pocket and two elastic side pockets. The main pocket is zippered and inside there is a large slip pocket as well!
Finished bag size = Approx. 30cm (12") X 33cm (13") X 10cm ( 4")
The pdf pattern for the Amy backpack has 38 pages of instructions which include 61 step by step colour photos.
There is 1 photo of the finished bag, printing instructions and a ruler to check scale.
6 Pattern pieces are included as are measurements for both Metric AND Imperial!
PLUS a TEXT ONLY version (7 pages) of the instructions comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes, should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!
*Exterior Fabric: 75 cm (¾ Yard) of 112cm (40") wide fabric.
*Lining Fabric: 90cm (1 yard) of 112cm (40") wide fabric.
*Fusible Interfacing: Mid weight - 50cm (½ Yard)
*Fusible Fleece: 50cm (½ Yard")- Light weight. I used Vilene H 630 - 40cmW (16")
*Matching Thread. (I use Gutermann Polyester)
*1 piece of firm single side fusible peltex - 23cm X 10cm (9" x4") for base OR alternatively you can use any similar firm single side fusible stabilizer.
*1 X 48cm (19") zipper to match exterior (You can cut down a larger one if you need to) for the top.
*1 X 20cm (8") zipper to match exterior fabric for the front pocket.
*25.5cm (10") of 14mm (½") elastic for front pockets •23cm (9") of 6mm (¼") elastic for side pockets.
*1 X 2.5cm (1") (approx.) Decorative button for elastic zipper pocket.
The Factotum is the perfect office tote bag! At the front of the bag, under the flap, are pen pockets, slip pockets, a divided middle section and a zipper pocket. At the back of the bag is a hidden zipper opening to a large document pocket. The document pocket fits A4 & Foolscap folders easily. There is a slip pocket at each side of the bag. The main compartment is closed by a recessed zipper. Inside you will find a Laptop pocket, two side pockets, 2 large slip pockets with centre pen pocket and a large zipper pocket. There is also plenty of room inside for the Minifacto, which is a smaller cross body bag especially designed to fit in your office tote perfectly, holding all your everyday essentials, such as your wallet etc, so you can just grab it and go out to lunch!
The Factotum is rated Advanced. Not because it is difficult to sew but because it is a long sew with many pieces to manage. It helps to use the cutting labels provided, pinned to your work so you don't lose track of what everything is!
Finished size: Approx. 41cm W X 30.5cm H X 18cm D (16” W X 12” H X 7” D)
The pattern for The Factotum has a full requirements list, 47 pages of comprehensive instructions which include 144 step by step colour photos.
There are printing instructions and test squares to check your scale. Cutting measurements are provided in both metric & imperial PLUS 5 Pattern pieces are included for shaped pieces.
Cutting Labels are provided for measurement pieces for your convenience.
A text only section of 12 pages for printing is also included. Save on ink as you don't need to print everything, just refer to the photos on your computer when you need them! !
The Lunar Collection provides THREE sizes to choose from.
Large – Full Moon perfect for a holiday away where you need to pack a lot, it's HUGE!
Medium – Half Moon is the perfect weekender or carry on luggage and makes a fantastic nappy bag too!
Small – Quarter Moon is just right for your toiletries or other bits and bobs. It also makes a fantastic handbag!
All versions sport a front slip pocket with optional flap and two side pockets each closing with a pull cord which are perfect for use as shoe pockets on the two larger bags. The Full Moon & Half Moon versions have a luggage sleeve at the back and the Quarter Moon version sports a slip pocket. The roomy interior has a large zipper pocket.
There is also an optional adjustable strap.
Available separately is an optional Pocket Supplement Afor adding extra interior pockets – suits all bag sizes!
Finished size, including side pockets is approx.
Full Moon: 61cm W X 43cm H X 25.5cm D (24” W X 17” H X 10” D)
Half Moon: 46cm W X 35.5 H X 18cm D (18” W X 14” H X 7” D)
Quarter Moon: 36cm W X 29cm H X 15cm D (14” W X 11 ½” H X 6” D)
The pattern for The Lunar Collection has a full requirements list with suggestions on where to obtain your hardware, 29 pages of comprehensive instructions which include 86 step by step colour photos.
There are printing instructions and test squares to check your scale.
Cutting measurements and cutting labels are provided PLUS 5 Pattern pieces for the shaped parts are included for EACH size.
PLUS a TEXT ONLY version of the instructions (9 pages) comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes, should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!
*Fabric, interfacing and stabiliser requirements are provided for each size within the pattern or refer to the image provided at left for further info.
*Full Notions requirements for each size are provided in the pattern or refer to the photo at left for further info!