The Penny Inn PDF Pattern

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The wallet sewing pattern for the Penny Inn is comprehensive. The wallet 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. Make good use of one of the zipper pockets to stash some cash away for a rainy day!

The Penny Inn wallet features a gorgeous flip lock main compartment closure which opens into:

  • 8 card slots with optional slip pocket
  • Two large slip pocket
  • A zippered coin section
  • An additional zipper pocket
  • A phone slip pocket.

The second wallet section, secured by a snap tab, features an additional 12 card pockets. It also has 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.

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”)

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The wallet sewing pattern for The Penny Inn wallet has a full requirements list.  Included are suggestions on where to obtain the Decovil 1. There are 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.

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Additional information

Pattern Type


ChrisW Designs


• 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”)
• 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”) hook (inner diameter) (optional for wrist strap)
• 2 X 2cm (3/4”) 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)
• Double sided Wonder Tape
• Fray stopper (optional) & craft glue (I use Gutermann HT2 or E6000)

10 reviews for The Penny Inn PDF Pattern

  1. Lynn Palmer

    This is a long pattern, but it is so well written! Follow each step in turn and you will be amazed at the final result! The pattern instructions are really comprehensive and the wallet is so well thought out, there is a place for EVERYTHING! I modified slightly to take a cheque book too! Love this pattern so much!

  2. Rona Murdoch

    This pattern looks so complicated, but each step is so we’ll described in the pattern. The feeling of achievement at the end is fantastic. I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t stand up to daily use, but it’s been in my handbag and used daily with no signs of wear. Fantastic pattern and instructions.

  3. Elaine Bates

    I have loved this pattern since it very first came out – it’s an intricate pattern with lots of pieces to fit together, but with Christine’s extremely well written pattern and close-up photographs, you will complete it with ease. Just take your time to read through each point and you will find yourself with a beautiful wallet to treasure at the end. There is now a tutorial video that sets each step out in “units” to go with the pattern and is well worth viewing. It’s my “go to” pattern when I want something special for my customers and friends.

  4. Daryl Perry

    I tested this wallet pattern and it is the most complicated of Christine’s wallet patterns to make. Mainly because there are so many pieces and it’s like carrying your own file cabinet around with you! You can put so much inside this wallet. Money, credit cards, a phone, coins, papers, and so much more! You could carry it as a wristlet or add another ring to wear it as a cross body wallet. This is great for someone who doesn’t like carrying a bag, but needs to carry other stuff with them. If you only carry a few items, you might want to check out the Pick a Pocket Wallet or Brandt’s Blvd. wallet instead as they have fewer pieces and go together quicker than this Penny Inn Wallet. But if lots of pockets are appealing to you then this is your wallet!

    As long as you complete each step, you will eventually have an awesome wallet! This one is just more advanced and has more wallet than her other patterns, but it is doable. Instructions are very clear!

  5. Vickie Pearce

    Strikingly beautiful, it was love at first sight. All those awesome little cubbies – – – abundance of card slots, a phone slot that your phone won’t fall out of, 3 zipper pockets. It has instruction to make a wristlet strap and a cross-body strap. I made both but have only used the cross-body. I had to have this pattern. Then I realized how intricate and complicated the pattern is. I have to say initially I was a bit imitated by this pattern but being a fairly experienced sewist I was encouraged to give it a whirl. I agreed to be a test sewer. Wow . . . it is intricate and complex but . . . man oh man, Christine’s PDF pattern is so detailed and the instructional video, in my opinion, a must . . . . because it leaves absolutely no doubt whatsoever – – – she actually makes the entire wallet – – – start to finish – little oopsies and all – – – you can watch it, stop it, back it up, watch it again . . . she never gets tired of repeating herself !! LOL – – – absolutely amazing results – – – no matter your skill level – – – she is right there with you !!! I completed mine about 6 months ago and it has been my daily carry since – – I get so many compliments. I sew for hobby not business – – – but I have now taken several orders from friends to make the Penny Inn Wallet – – as they have insisted they “love it so” !! Special thanks to Christine – – – I appreciate your creativity and ability to put together such an incredible pattern and instruction!!!

  6. Janie Oren

    This wallet pattern is a work of art. I was fairly new to bag making when I decided I had to make this wallet. There are lots of pieces and my first thought when reading over the instructions were, “what have I gotten myself in to?” But when you take it a piece at a time and a step at a time it goes together smoothly and easily. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the final product (Well, I did install my flip lock upside down but that was my issue, not the pattern’s. LOL) Chris has great patterns with well written instructions.

  7. Mary Chandler (verified owner)

    I am working on the Penny Inn at the moment. This is a little like working on a wonderful jigsaw, I love it.

  8. Brenda Johnson (verified owner)

    Great pattern and video, takes patience but we’ll worth it. I get a lot of complements and am wondering if it could be enlarged or would it spoil the look.

  9. Charlotte

    I made this wallet a year ago and have carried it constantly since. I made it with the wrist strap (when I make it again I’ll do the extra clasp for a cross body strap). It is a detailed pattern and sew, but very worth it. My wallet was taken in November and although I was sick about the loss of my money, cards and ID, I cried about losing my beautiful wallet. Long story short, my wallet was found and returned to me (minus the cash) and I was so happy to have it back! I’ve never had a wallet I loved like this one with its many pockets, slots and storage, it’s a jewel.

  10. Beatriz Borges Fajardo (verified owner)

    The first pattern I made of Chris. I’m so daring!! Without any experience in sewing and with the most basic sewing machine to walk around the house. I have to say that I was a little resisted by the final seam, many layers of fabric for such a basic machine. But I got it and I loved the result. Of course, I asked the Three Wise Men for a new machine that year. Then there have been other “Penny Inn”. It is a large wallet, it could almost also be carried as a handbag. It is very complete, it has many sections to take everything in its place.

    Chris’ patterns are thought out in detail and are explained very well, down to the slightest. They are very easy to follow. I don’t understand the videos because I don’t speak English, but they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, I follow it perfectly.

    El primer patrón que hice de Chris. Qué atrevida yo!!. Sin ninguna experiencia en costura y con la máquina de coser más básica de andar por casa. He de decir que se me resistió un poquito la costura final, muchas capas de tela para una máquina tan básica. Pero lo conseguí y me encantó el resultado. Eso sí, le pedí a los Reyes Magos ese año una máquina nueva. Después han venido otras “Penny Inn”. Es una cartera grande, casi se le podría llevar también como bolso de mano. Es completísima, tiene muchos apartado para llevarlo todo en su sitio.
    Los patrones de Chris están pensados al detalle y están explicados muy bien, hasta lo más mínimo. Son muy fáciles de seguir. Los videos no los entiendo porque no hablo inglés, pero dicen que una imagen vale más que mil palabras, lo sigo perfectamente.

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