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Announcing the April Sew Along: The Gemella Wallet

Announcing the April Sew Along: The Gemella Wallet

I love sharing in-depth sewing tutorial videos that show every step in the process of making a bag. When you watch my videos, I want it to feel like you’re sewing along with me. So, I thought, why not take that to the next level with a monthly Sew Along?


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.


For each Sew Along, I’ll break a pattern down into steps that we will follow week by week. Read on to learn more about the April Sew Along schedule, the materials you’ll need, and how to participate.


April Sew Along Schedule

For the next three weeks, I’ll be posting on the blog every Monday with a new part of the process. Each week, participants will work at their own pace each week to complete the same part of the pattern. Here’s what you can expect:


Monday, April 15 – Cutting & Fusing

Monday, April 22 – Steps 1 & 2

Monday, April 29 – Steps 3 & 4


Follow along, and by the end of April, you’ll 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.


Materials 

  • 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



Hardware

  • 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



Share Your Progress and Win

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 April and get inspiration and advice.


You’ll also have the opportunity to win a 25% off coupon for the Simply Classic store. When you share your Gemella Wallet progress photos in the Facebook Group, in the blog comments, or on Instagram with the hashtag #SimplyClassic, you will be entered to win. I’ll share more details in next week’s post.


I’ll see you next Monday, April 15, 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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