on a whim, during a recent trip to the always-inspiring rock paper scissors I picked up the cutest pattern for a little wallet. it’s from valori wells and the whole pattern fits on a little card called a ‘sewing card‘. it’s a clever design and a simple project and it has completely sucked me in. I had no real plans for making little wallets but now I can’t stop.
these are the first three I made and, trust me, I have made more…I just don’t have pictures of them yet. these three are made with the lovely hand-printed linen I received in the handprinted fabric swap at maze and vale. these are made with fabric scraps that lamina from do a bit sent along WITH her fat quarter of handprinted fabric. the prints are so beautiful and have a lovely quiet but lively style. the best part is I still have an entire fat quarter of her amazing fabric left to work with! lucky me.
while making these I was truly contemplating different ways to become a millionaire so that I could work exclusively with lamina’s prints. her style is bang on…organic prints with a geometric leaning in a stunning repeat. her color choices pop out at you but not too much and they maintain a wonderful sophistication due to being printed on linen. it is luxurious. I’m so happy I got exposure to her work through the fabric swap. lamina has a great feel for color and she uses bright colors but somehow manages to keep the overall looks so soothing. It also inspire me to keep hand printing. nothing beats the look of hand printing, I tell you.
as for these wallets, they are lined with regular linen and fastened with a cowgirl snaps I got on etsy ages ago (sorry I can’t remember where.). I kept the grey and pink kitty one for myself and gave the other two as gifts.
they make great gifts…one of those nice little somethings. I’m thinking that some of the others I made are going to be great teacher’s gifts at the end of the school year. probably with a bit of cash inside, teachers deserve a bit of extra cash, ya know.
as an aside, thanks to everyone that entered the sew mama sew giveaway. you are all so sweet and witty. it took great willpower to avoid replying to everyone’s comments. I usually like to do that but I didn’t want to mess with the random number generator by throwing in my own comments. but, I appreciated each and every comment and was warmed by how many of you thought of others! then again, that is crafters for you, isn’t it. we are a good crowd.