Move Over Oprah – It’s a Favorite Thing!

Once in a while I come across a pattern that’s so much fun to make that I become a bit obsessed. One of my favorites is the Little Wallet sewing-card pattern from Valori Wells Designs (  It’s a perfect little gift item that goes together quickly, but can become addicting because of the fun of putting different fabric combinations together. I’ve made at least a dozen and haven’t tired of them yet.

Closed View

If you’re going to give a gift card or cash, tuck it into one of these little gems to enhance and personalize the presentation! Store your fabric punch cards in one – it saves time digging through your wallet at the register. I carry my business cards in a separate one – it keeps the cards from getting dog eared (there’s nothing worse than finding your last business card looks like you used it to scrape gum off the bottom of your shoe). 

Pattern Cover

The pattern directions are easy to follow and it only takes an hour or so to put one together. All you need are fabric scraps, lightweight fusible interfacing, and a snap. I prefer making it with two coordinating fabrics: one for the top flap and one for the bottom, alternating them for the three slots inside. Of course I had to give it my own touch, so I added a fabric-covered button (5/8”) to the top of the flap. To make the button lay flat on the flap, pound (or bend) down the metal loop on the back of the button and glue the button to the flap. Fabri-Tac from Beacon Adhesives is a permanent (washable) glue that works great (I found it at Michael’s).

Open View



Have you made this pattern or do you have another favorite pattern for a gift item? Post a comment on or before May 23rd and tell me about it. Watch for my May 24th post where the winner (selected randomly), will be announced and will receive a little wallet.        Happy sewing.



12 thoughts on “Move Over Oprah – It’s a Favorite Thing!

  1. Hello–Just received the pattern card from Amazon but the photo on the card is different. Guessing that the instructions are the same though. This Holiday weekend is a good time to try making one and I like the pop of color from your button bling! Joann


  2. Haven’t made that wallet yet but have made some other wallets for my grand kids! Looks like a good one especially for the gals…


  3. Your “little wallets” are adorable and quite captivating! Who wouldn’t want to mass produce them?

    Well…there are all sorts of things I’ve made and after each one I’ve announced that I would make tons more because they were so beautiful/easy/practical…Alas, I haven’t always managed to carry out those good intentions. The thing I do manage to reproduce regularly, however is a simple gift bag. I’m committed to reducing my carbon footprint in as many ways as possible. By packing gifts of any shape and size in a custom made fabric bag, I avoid paper waste! At the same time, I’m providing a reusable package for the recipient! I didn’t use a scrap of paper last Christmas. No pattern necessary…I just grab a piece of fabric and cut a rectangle. I slip two lengths of pretty satin or grosgrain ribbon into the seam a few inches from the top, sew around two or three sides (depending upon fabric cut), then turn a narrow hem at the top and topstitch. the ribbon is then tied around the bag, creating a pouf at the top. Voila! Quick, attractive package that’s good for the planet!


  4. Love these little wallets! I have made several of these. A fun & easy gift to make. Try using a sports team fabric and then send it off with a gift card or snack money to that special sports fan for their next trip to a game. You can also embroider a name or initials before you fussy cut the flap piece if you feel creative. The possibilities are endless! Good choice of “favorites” to share Christie! Can’t wait for your next post.


    1. Hi Linda,

      It’s there – just hiding. On the website select books and patterns, then Valori Wells Sewing Cards. Scroll down through the sewing cards and you’ll see it. Take care and thanks so much for checking out the post. Let me know when you make the pattern and how you like it.



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