Recently, While she was sleeping, I made a nappy wallet for a friend. It comfortably fits two walker size nappies, a slim nappy box and a small changing mat.
To make a nappy wallet you will need:
- measuring tape
- fabric for outer layer
- fabric for the lining (if you would like to use different prints)
- scissors (for both fabric and paper)
- button or velcro
If you think you would like your nappy wallet bigger or smaller, here is how I worked out measurements.
I put together what I wanted to be able to place in a nappy wallet.
I needed to work out the width of the nappy wallet. I placed nappies on top of each other and using my measuring tape measured the distance from the point where I wanted the pocket to begin all the way around to where the centre of the nappy wallet would be. To get the width of the wallet, multiply this measurement by two and add seam allowance.
Alternatively, put the rest of the items on top and run your measuring tape as if forming another pocket. Or come up with something else that suits you :)
To determine the length of the wallet I simply measured the longest item in the pile and added seam allowance.
I will explain how I worked out the measurements for the strap a little later. For now let's make a nappy wallet.
I traced my pattern onto fabric and cut out two rectangles. I chose to use two different prints for the outer layer and the lining.
I placed two pieces of fabric right sides facing (simply speaking the brighter coloured sides were facing each other), then pinned them together.
Stitched around leaving a small opening on one of the shorter sides. Clipped corners.
Turned the wallet right side out, tucked the raw edges on the opening inside and carefully pressed.
Next, I sewed along the shorter sides very close to the edge.
Now I had one massive rectangle. It was time to mark the position of the pockets. I put everything back in the wallet, folded my massive rectangle to form pockets on each side and pinned them in place. If you are using my measurements, my pockets are 12 cm (or 4.7 in) wide each.
Then I marked the position of the pockets on the inside of the nappy wallet with a pencil.
Now it was time to make a strap. Let's face it, a basic nappy wallet is not the most exciting looking thing in the world. A strap can make it look more interesting. So what is it going to look like? There are so many options! Would you like a thin strap? A thicker one? Would you like to use velcro? buttons? elastic? How about embellishments?
For my very first nappy wallet I made a thin strap with velcro.
For the second, I made a thin-ish strap with elastic inside and a button to make it look funky. Having elastic sewn inside the strap also allowed the recipient to place an extra nappy in the wallet.
And here I played with piping.
For this wallet I opted for a thicker strap and a button.
I used my measuring tape to work out how long the strap had to be by wrapping it around the nappy wallet.
I noted the length, decided on the width and cut my pattern out of paper, adding seam allowances of course.
The rest was really straight forward. I cut out two pieces of fabric, placed them right sides facing,
stitched around as shown in the photo below, trimmed the corners and the curve. I really wanted a curved strap :)
Turned the strap right side out and pressed.
Top stitched very close to the edge. I stitched all around, but there was no need to stitch the side that would be sewn onto the wallet. I got carried away.
I made a buttonhole. This was my first automatic buttonhole. Excited much!
Next, I marked where the strap needed to be sewn onto the wallet.
Stitched the strap onto the body of the wallet.
Folded the wallet again to form the pockets, lined up each side with the markings I made earlier, and pinned the pockets in place.
Marked the position of the button...
Please let me know if you end up making a nappy wallet using this tutorial. I would love to hear from you and have a look at the photos. I would appreciate a link back to this tutorial should you choose to use it.