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Join the May Sew Along: The Gemella Wallet

A Sew Along is an opportunity to give sewists of all experience levels a chance to make something new with the support of a community. The beauty of a Sew Along is that you have a group of makers who are creating the same thing at the same time, so you can ask advice, share your progress, and get inspiration.

April was the first time we’ve done a Sew Along on the blog, and it was exciting to see your creations. However, I know some people didn’t hear about it until later in the month, and quite a few just bought the pattern at AQS QuiltWeek last week.

I would love for more people to be able to participate. So, in May, we will do one more Gemella Wallet Sew Along for anyone who didn’t join in April — or anyone who just wants to make another Gemella!

Starting on May 13, I will make a new post each week in the Simply Classic Inspiration Group on Facebook where you can share your progress, ask questions, and see what others are making. Read on to learn more about the May Sew Along schedule, the materials you’ll need, and how to participate.

May Sew Along Schedule

Every Monday in May, I will be posting on the blog with a new part of the process. Participants will work at their own pace each week to complete the same part of the pattern. Here’s what you can expect:

Monday, May 13 – Cutting & Fusing

Monday, May 20 – Steps 1 & 2 (Begin Construction)

Monday, May 27 – Steps 3 & 4 (Finish Construction)

Follow along, and by the end of May, you will have a one-of-a-kind wallet that you created yourself!

About the Gemella Wallet

The Gemella Wallet is chic, practical, and customizable. It has a unique design featuring 15 card slots, one ID slot, two zipper pockets, and one cell phone pocket. The wallet folds in half lengthwise and has a flap closure that yearns for a decorative touch.

The Gemella Wallet in brown cheetah print, shown from two angles
Made by Anne of Compass Fibers Boutique

You can make the Gemella your own by adding unique hardware, reducing the number of card slots, moving or removing the cell phone pocket, or adding an additional ID slot. The possibilities are limitless!

The Gemella Wallet in black and gray cheetah print
Made by Deb of Whebbie’s Whimsy

What Will You Need for the Gemella Sew Along?

The Sew Along is free to join, but you will need the Gemella Wallet pattern to follow along. The pattern is available in PDF format for $14.95.

You will also need to prepare your materials and supplies. The Gemella Wallet pattern was designed to be versatile, and you can use leather, faux leather, or cork. Here is a detailed breakdown of the materials you’ll need.


  • 1/4 yard of material for the exterior (1/2 of a roll of 18” cork or faux leather)

  • 1/4 yard stabilizer

  • 1 yard of lining material

  • 1/2 yard of woven interfacing if using cotton, linen, or other similar fabric for the lining

  • 4” x 2.5” of clear vinyl


  • 2 – #3 zippers cut to 9”                                  

  • 2 – #3 zipper pulls                                          

  • 1 – Magnetic snap or twist lock (Try the Magnetic Concho.)

  • 1 – Push snap or other similar closure (I’m using these snaps from Amazon.)                 

  • Base coat and edge paint as indicated

Tools and Notions

Sign Up for the Sew Along

To get the most out of the Sew Along, join the Simply Classic Inspiration Facebook Group. That’s where you can share your progress throughout May and get inspiration and advice.

I’ll see you next Monday, May 13, for the first part of the Sew Along! In the meantime, don’t forget to purchase the pattern and get your materials ready.

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