DIY Embroidered Wallet with Free Patterns and Designs

My wallet recently broke and I haven't found one that fits my needs or style.

I decided to make my own and came across a great free template.

I also chose to create my own unique textile print with embroidery and created the embroidery design in Bernina software. You can find out how I created the design in my previous blog post: Create your own embroidered textile.

What will be needed:

  • Sewing machine 735
  • Embroidery module
    Large oval hoop
    Embroidery foot #26
  • Portfolio Template (see below for a free template)
  • Embroidery pattern (see below for tutorial and free patterns)
  • 35cm x 50cm Fusion/Iron Vilene
  • Cotton fabric:
    50 cm for the whole wallet
    Or
    Outdoor fabric 15 cm x 40 cm
    40 cm fabric for interior
    Or refer to the pattern for other suggestions
  • 1 snap/snap/snap (I used the metal type attached by hand stitching)
  • Optional: 10 cm zip
  • Optional: foot for zipper no. 4
  • Regular foot n°1

Free Portfolio Template

I used the Small tri-fold wallet template by Yoan Zivkovic.

It has many great features that I want in a wallet. However, I made some changes to the model:

-I omitted panel 4 because I didn't need a second compartment for notes.
-I wrote a new pattern piece for the exterior of the wallet by merging panels 7, 9 and the button tab.
This meant I also had to draft a liner for the flap.
-I ended up including the zippered compartment on the outside but made it a built-in zipper.

You can download the pattern pieces and sewing steps for the variations here:
External variation of the portfolio

Free Wallet Embroidery Designs

I created some free multi-hoop embroidery designs based on the outer wallet variation I drafted.

There are 2 designs available and each has a variation for an Inset Zip.

One pattern is a row of Proteas and the other is an all-over Daisy pattern.

You can download the designs here:
Wallet embroidery designs by Hannah-Rose Smith.

The original works were generated by AI.

Not

The model comes with instructions and one video tutorialSo I'm not going to repeat the steps.
Instead, I'm going to share how I created my own unique embroidered textile.

Since my embroidery design is larger than my largest hoop (the large oval hoop), I needed to create a multi-hoop embroidery design. You can learn more in this blog post: Create your own embroidered textile
Below are the steps to embroider a multi-hoop embroidery design.

Embroidery designs digitized for Multi-Hooping include registration marks and are digitized for specific Hoops. This is a great example of how Bernina 9 embroidery software and Bernina embroidery machines with Pinpoint placement work hand in hand.

Multi-strapping

I do not recommend cutting the fabric before embroidering it. This way we can avoid any additional challenges that may arise when floating the fabric.

Keep the final shape of the embroidery design in mind when hooping the fabric.
As the designs in this wallet are rectangular, the two multi-hoop placements will be linear (overlapping, directly above each other). This is a very simple hoop shape and placement to embroider with this technique.
Note which part of the pattern will be the first hoop and take this into account when hooping the fabric. For the free designs I have provided, the first hoop will be the top of the design.

Print models

Print templates of your design will help with placement.

I've provided the printable templates for the free designs, so print them as you would normally print a PDF document. The models are scaled to A4 paper.

If you are using your own design, here are the steps to print the templates:
How to print templates of an embroidery design

Embroider

  1. Circle your fabric with a stabilizer underneath.
    I cut my stabilizer twice along the length of the hoop so that when I re-hoop for the second part of the pattern, the stabilizer is continuous.
    If necessary, use the printed template and your hoop template to help you place the hoop.
  1. Enable off-center positioning if possible.
    Some of the newer machines have the capability of off-center positioning.
    When this option is enabled and you load an embroidery design, the machine will not automatically center the design in the hoop. Instead, it will retain the location it was scanned in.
    Go to your machine settings and click on the Hoop icon.
    Click the Off-center Positioning icon.
    Click the slider to activate it.
    If your machine does not have this feature, when you load the design you may need to manually move the design location using the machine's multi-function buttons. Use the printed templates to help you determine location.
  1. Load the first part of your embroidery design onto your machine.
    Select the embroidery menu tab (the needle icon at the bottom right of the screen), follow the instructions, and load the hoop when prompted.
    Press the green button to start embroidery.
  1. Once the embroidery is finished, the machine will ask you to change the thread color to sew the placement x's.
    You don't have to change thread, but a contrasting color to your fabric can help.
    Start embroidering the x's when you are ready.
  1. When finished, remove the hoop from the machine and unroll the fabric.
  1. Place the template on your embroidery and match the markers.
  1. Also using the hoop template, hoop your fabric.
  1. Load the second part of your embroidery design onto your machine.
    Select the embroidery menu tab (the needle icon at the bottom right of the screen), follow the instructions, and load the hoop when prompted.
  1. Confirm the location of the embroidery design with Pin-point Placement.
    Return to the Edit menu.
    Open the information box.
    Choose the Locate Placement icon.
    Select the Free Pinpoint positioning icon.
    On the screen, tap one of the placement markers.
    Zoom in to see better.
    Touch the center of the x.
    Use the machine's multifunction buttons to move the needle to the center of the respective sewn marker.
    Turn the handwheel to lower the needle to check placement and adjust if necessary.
    Select the Set button when you are satisfied with the placement.
    Zoom out.
    Repeat steps for the other placement marker.
    1. Return to the Embroidery menu.

    I received this message which meant that part of my design was not in the embroidery area of ​​the hoop. I looked closer and realized it was just one of the placement markers.
    If part of the design itself was not in the embroidery area, I would have re-hooked and redone the precise placement. Instead, I decided to ignore the message and proceed with the embroidery since sewing the second set of markers is not too important since I had confirmed the placement with the precise stitch placement technique. This is also why on the screen there is a red line around the hoop while I am embroidering.

    1. The machine will want to sew the second set of placement markers before the pattern to allow you to confirm placement.
      If placement is correct, the x will be sewn directly above the previous placement marker.
    1. Once the markers are sewn, move on to embroidering the design.
    1. Remove the fabric from the hoop and press it. Tear off the placement markers and the embroidered textile is ready to use in your project.I placed my outer wallet pattern piece on top and used that as a template to cut out.
      The embroidered design does not extend into the seam allowance to reduce bulk. This is an intentional feature that I applied when creating the design in Bernina Embroidery Software 9.


Advice

  • Recommended fabric for outdoors: quilted cotton, linen, canvas, light denim, leather/light vinyl
  • Recommended fabric for interior: a thin but durable fabric such as Quilting Cotton or Cotton Lawn
  • Here are all the downloads again:
    Free Portfolio Template
    Portfolio Exterior Variation Model and Tutorial: Portfolio Exterior Variation
    Create your own wallet embroidery design tutorial: Create your own embroidered textile
    Free Embroidery Designs: Wallet Embroidery Designs by Hannah-Rose Smith.
    How to print templates of an embroidery design
  • Please keep in mind that because the embroidery designs provided are relatively simple for the multi-hoop, I was able to easily use the Auto Hoop tool when digitizing. They are also relatively simple to embroider with the multi-hooping technique. Of course, the more delicate the shape and the larger the size of the embroidery design, the more difficult multi-hooping can be. This blog post is just an introduction to Multi-Hooping.

I’d love to see what you make, feel free to share with me!
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-Hannah-Rose

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