A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of Handmade Style by Anna Graham, who writes and sews over at Noodlehead. I had seen bit of buzz about this book and knew that I wanted to see it in person. Well, three pages in I knew it was coming home with me!
I just love Anna's clean, thoughtful style. The projects are a perfect blend of beautiful and functional; and on top of that they all are relatively easy to sew! I picked up a couple fat quarter bundles of April Rhode's Bound and Wanderer collections to use for a couple projects. These fabrics are ridiculously gorgeous and a dream to sew up.
I started with one of the throw pillows (seen here on my Instagram account) and then moved onto the Double Zip Wallet. Seriously friends, I don't know if I've ever been so proud to whip out my wallet for my debit card or ID! I love the way the pattern is designed, giving you optimal storage space with two zippered halves for all your receipts, ticket stubs, or change.
The construction is relatively simple, even with inserting two zippers. Just read through the instructions first; it sounds like a mess but it all comes out just right in the end. All of the patterned fabric you see is quilting cotton and I used leftover denim scraps for the lining. I definitely recommend using a heavier weight like denim or canvas for that section of the wallet. I also would use a heavier interfacing on the tab - I just used some extra apparel weight stuff I had laying around and it works fine, but a bit more structure would be nice.
I don't know if I'd recommend this for a first sewing project, but if you're looking for something a little more advanced to boost your sewing mojo (like a first zipper project maybe?) I'd highly recommend this project and the whole beautiful book!