This is a PDF Sewing Pattern. You must be able to open and print a PDF file. This is a digital sewing pattern, not a finished bag.
- 16 page full color tutorial with photos + 6 pages of *bonus feature* instructions with photos (boxed corner & back zip)
- 6 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (two rectangular wristlet sizes, two boxed corner sizes and two pocket sizes)
- Detailed construction and zipper instructions
- A download link will be provided after purchase
The idea for this wristlet came to me before a girl’s weekend trip to Canada, where I knew I would need to have my passport, hotel room key and phone on me at all times, even when just in the hotel. Since my passport doesn’t fit in my wallet, that meant carrying a purse everywhere.
I ended up using my wristlet all the time after my trip, in fact most of the time I use the small size AS my wallet. (The iPhone still fits in the small size, but it won’t fit in a pocket in the small size. Choose the large size if you wish to fit phone and passport.) If you’re like me and carry a huge tote everywhere, it’s nice to just pull out the wristlet for a quick trip into the store.
I’ve spent the past month and a half getting those corners *just right* so that you too can have a perfect zippered wristlet. Tabs at both ends make it difficult to open the pouch wide enough to get things in and out, and zippers in side seams give you that dented corner look. This pattern will teach you, step by step, with photos, how to fearlessly install the zipper. And once you learn the technique you can apply it to any other bag that needs a top-zip. It’s a simple rectangle so that you don’t need to spend time sewing darts or boxing corners. They will sew up quickly and I promise you’ll love the result. Learn how to install the perfect zipper and be ready to amaze your friends when they ask where you bought your wristlet!
**UPDATE 10/22 Now with bonus features!** Make a larger boxed corner wristlet for that special occasion or attempt a back zippered pocket to keep your cash & coins even more accessible!
Main fabric: Fat quarter or 1/2 yard
Lining fabric: Fat quarter or 1/4 yard
Fusible interfacing: 1/2 yard (Pellon SF101)
Sew-in interfacing: 1/4 yard (Pellon 926 or Pellon 50) Hardware: 1 Lobster Clasp & 1 D-Ring
(My favorite sizes are 1/2” or 5/8” D-Rings & Lobster Clasps)
9” or longer zipper (10″ or longer for largest boxed corner size)
Size 80/12 or 90/14 Microtex/Sharp needles
Hand sewing needle
This bag has a zipper closure with an inside patch pocket.
Choose from two rectangular sizes:
Finished size: 7.75” wide x 5” tall with your choice of passport/phone pocket or card pocket
Finished size: 6.75” wide x 4.5” tall with card pocket
Choose from two boxed corner sizes:
Finished size: 7.75″ wide x 5″ tall x 1.5″ deep
Finished size: 8.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall by 2″ deep
Dangerously Addictive Pattern
I have not done much sewing for years but due to recent retirement, I have time on my hands. I made the large boxed clutch for my daughter and she loved it and so did her friends! I have now made 3 more as well as the regular version. Requests have been made for more.
Erin's instructions are wonderfully complete and the pictures are great. I have purchased six of Erin's patterns and have not been disappointed.
Her instructions for zippers have alleviated my fears of tackling other projects. Thank you Erin for your inspiration.
The Essential Wristlet is My Favorite Wristlet
I have made items from many, many patterns. Too many to count. I've even made my own patterns when I had the inspiration. The Essential Wristlet became my #1 favorite pattern the first time I made it.
The directions were clear and had an abundance of pics for anyone who is a visual learner. The finished product is a wristlet with clean lines that holds everything I need. I can fit my iPhone in the large pocket. I stick my cards, license and cash in smaller pocket and that still leave the rest of the interior my keys, gloss, hair tie and other small things.
I always make the large version with two inside pockets stacked. It's clean lines and simple shape lend it to just about any fabric design you want to use. I have also used a lot of solids and embroidered designs on them. I think The Essential Wristlet definitely looks best when you use Pellon 926. It gives it a beautiful shape and structure. I have also made several that were quilted and didn't need the Pellon. A good foundation is important for the structure of this wristlet when finished.
I feel that because the pattern is so well written and visual learning aids are provided that someone with limited sewing experience would be able to make this pattern and come out with a beautiful and professional looking wristlet. Make one to match every outfit and occasion!
Thank you Erin for a great pattern. I love it.