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Minis, Wonder Wallets, and a Giveaway – Oh My!

What accessory could be more perfect for our Mini Series than a mini wallet? Lazy Girl Designs‘ Wonder Wallet pattern finishes at 4 1/4″ x 3″, making it just the right size to showcase these pint-sized prints. Tuck one into your pocket for those summer days when you’re always on-the-go!

We paired Mini Series cottons with Soho Solids in the following duos. Experiment with different options and let your creativity run wild!
Instructions for the pieced-body variation are included below (this variation is not part of the published pattern).

And don’t forget to enter our fat quarter bundle + pattern GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

Foxes with Citrus
Pandas with Black
Hedgehogs with Almond
Birds with Sun

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These wallets are so addicting, you’re bound to end up with a whole collection of them. Keep a stash for impromptu gifts, or hand them out as party favors!

The pattern itself gives instructions for a non-pieced body, however Joan made some variations to her pattern for the fox and bird wallets pictured above. See how the body of the wallet is pieced? Here are her instructions for this variation. (The variation will yield two Wonder Wallets with complimentary pieced flap closure and front pocket as shown.)

You’ll need a bird FQ and a yellow FQ.
Two pieces of Face-It Soft lightweight fusible interfacing by Sew Lazy
Coordinating thread
1” of Fusion or sew-on Velcro

Cutting
Mini Birds:
Two 2 ½” bird strips
One 2 ½” bird strip
Cut 2 Pocket #3

Soho Sun (yellow fabric):
One 1 ½ yellow strip
Two 2” yellow strips
Cut 2 Pocket #2
Cut 2 Pocket #4

Making the strip sets
First strip set:
One 1 ½ yellow strip
Two 2 ½” bird strips

Sew bird/yellow/bird right sides together, should measure 5” across.

Second strip set:
Two 2” yellow strips
One 2 ½” bird strip

Sew yellow/bird/yellow, should measure 5” across.

Cut one cover piece and one Pocket #1 piece from each strip set and swap.

Each Wonder Wallet will have the same fabric arrangement for Pockets #2-4.
Pocket #2 Yellow
Pocket #3 Birds
Pocket #4 Yellow

Use Cover from strip set #1 with Pocket #1 from strip set 2
Use Cover from strip set #2 with Pocket #1 from strip set 1

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Giveaway Time!

Enter to win this summer-ready bundle of assorted Mini Series novelties and blenders (Sketch & Soho), PLUS  a copy of Lazy Girl‘s Wonder Wallet pattern (thank you Joan for generously providing a copy!).
The bundle contains ten fat quarters of our 100% cotton quilting fabric. With Lazy Girl’s FQ-friendly pattern, that’s enough to make up to 20 wallets, depending on your fabric choices and combinations.

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To enter the drawing, leave a comment telling us a little bit about your Lazy Girl side. What’s your favorite sewing room shortcut?

As usual, you’re allowed a bonus entry when you share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or your own blog. Just leave one extra comment with a link to the place where you shared it. That’s a total of two comments allowed per person.

A winner will be selected at random from the comment pool next Wednesday, June 12. Good luck!

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  1. kimberlee
    kimberlee says:

    I store my WIPs in the plastic zipper bedding cases with their patterns. Keeps the pieces separated from other WIPs, but together.

  2. kimberlee
    kimberlee says:

    I store my WIPs in the plastic zipper bedding cases with their patterns. Keeps the pieces separated from other WIPs, but together.

  3. Pam
    Pam says:

    What delightful fabric! Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial. My favorite shortcut is using jelly rolls and charms.

  4. Pam
    Pam says:

    What delightful fabric! Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial. My favorite shortcut is using jelly rolls and charms.

  5. Joanna
    Joanna says:

    I’ve learned that being organized saves time for me. I cut all my fabric at once, do as much strip sewing as I can, keep the ironing board and iron up and turned on once I begin to sew so that I don’t have to stop, and keep all of the parts of my project together in a plastic bin when I’m finished for the day. The more I keep things in order, the less time I spend trying to get them organized.

  6. Joanna
    Joanna says:

    I’ve learned that being organized saves time for me. I cut all my fabric at once, do as much strip sewing as I can, keep the ironing board and iron up and turned on once I begin to sew so that I don’t have to stop, and keep all of the parts of my project together in a plastic bin when I’m finished for the day. The more I keep things in order, the less time I spend trying to get them organized.

  7. LINDA
    LINDA says:

    HI! LIKE TO USE SOLID JELLY ROLLS FOR MY SASHINGS!
    NEAT LITTLE WALLETS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A PRETTY GIVEAWAY!

  8. LINDA
    LINDA says:

    HI! LIKE TO USE SOLID JELLY ROLLS FOR MY SASHINGS!
    NEAT LITTLE WALLETS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A PRETTY GIVEAWAY!

  9. Jill
    Jill says:

    Some may not consider it lazy but I prefer to make my own bias binding. I find it easier to match using fabric and love the little surprise of print or color in bound seams. Thanks for the chance to win this sweet giveaway!

  10. Jill
    Jill says:

    Some may not consider it lazy but I prefer to make my own bias binding. I find it easier to match using fabric and love the little surprise of print or color in bound seams. Thanks for the chance to win this sweet giveaway!

  11. Kimberlee
    Kimberlee says:

    My tip is I store my projects in those plastic zippered bedding bags to keep them organized & protect them from water & bugs. My sewing room is in the basement.

  12. Kimberlee
    Kimberlee says:

    My tip is I store my projects in those plastic zippered bedding bags to keep them organized & protect them from water & bugs. My sewing room is in the basement.

  13. Karen
    Karen says:

    I love lazygirlsdesigns patterns! I’m new to being lazy & have 4 patterns & can’t wait to get them all. Thank you for the lazy way of sewing I love it!

  14. Karen
    Karen says:

    I love lazygirlsdesigns patterns! I’m new to being lazy & have 4 patterns & can’t wait to get them all. Thank you for the lazy way of sewing I love it!

  15. Karen in Breezy Point
    Karen in Breezy Point says:

    My lazy tip would be to do everything in multiples. I stack fat quarters when cutting out patterns, wind 6 or more bobbins before starting a project, chain piece whenever possible, and keep a pressing surface close to the sewing machine–every little bit helps save time.
    Those little prints are adorable!

  16. Karen in Breezy Point
    Karen in Breezy Point says:

    My lazy tip would be to do everything in multiples. I stack fat quarters when cutting out patterns, wind 6 or more bobbins before starting a project, chain piece whenever possible, and keep a pressing surface close to the sewing machine–every little bit helps save time.
    Those little prints are adorable!

  17. Becky Greene
    Becky Greene says:

    My favorite tip is to never put anything away!! What a timesaver!! I really do tend to work with the fabric that is laying around rather than those treasures that are neatly put away.

  18. Becky Greene
    Becky Greene says:

    My favorite tip is to never put anything away!! What a timesaver!! I really do tend to work with the fabric that is laying around rather than those treasures that are neatly put away.

  19. Joyce Mitchell
    Joyce Mitchell says:

    I used to sew my binding on by hand, but now I take the lazy shortcut way & sew it all on by machine. Thanks.

  20. Joyce Mitchell
    Joyce Mitchell says:

    I used to sew my binding on by hand, but now I take the lazy shortcut way & sew it all on by machine. Thanks.

  21. Darlene Krystal
    Darlene Krystal says:

    I love quilting….and I don’t have any shortcuts because I enjoy every step of the process…but if I had a shortcut it would be that I pin baste so that I can get to the quilting a whole lot faster….have a great quilting day….

  22. Darlene Krystal
    Darlene Krystal says:

    I love quilting….and I don’t have any shortcuts because I enjoy every step of the process…but if I had a shortcut it would be that I pin baste so that I can get to the quilting a whole lot faster….have a great quilting day….

  23. Marthie
    Marthie says:

    My lazy girl side is – my Lazy Girl hand bag pattern that my daughter bought in the UK for me as we don’t get it in SA. Now I can sew lazy on a hazzle free Lazy pattern

  24. Marthie
    Marthie says:

    My lazy girl side is – my Lazy Girl hand bag pattern that my daughter bought in the UK for me as we don’t get it in SA. Now I can sew lazy on a hazzle free Lazy pattern

  25. Jane
    Jane says:

    My favourite time saver is having the iron beside me on a little table I have fitted with a cover. That way I can press seams as I go and putting the project together is much faster. My iron has a power saver function and beeps at me as a reminder it is still on. These are lovely fabrics!

  26. Jane
    Jane says:

    My favourite time saver is having the iron beside me on a little table I have fitted with a cover. That way I can press seams as I go and putting the project together is much faster. My iron has a power saver function and beeps at me as a reminder it is still on. These are lovely fabrics!

  27. Cecilia
    Cecilia says:

    My favorite lazy shortcut is to keep my portable ironing table beside my machine along with my travel iron . This keeps me from having to constantly getting up to go over to my pressing station. I love the wallets, they are too cute.

  28. Cecilia
    Cecilia says:

    My favorite lazy shortcut is to keep my portable ironing table beside my machine along with my travel iron . This keeps me from having to constantly getting up to go over to my pressing station. I love the wallets, they are too cute.

  29. Debbie Rogowski
    Debbie Rogowski says:

    It took me a while to figure it out…. but I went to your site on FB and then shared this tutorial from there with my quilty friends

  30. Debbie Rogowski
    Debbie Rogowski says:

    It took me a while to figure it out…. but I went to your site on FB and then shared this tutorial from there with my quilty friends

  31. Debbie Rogowski
    Debbie Rogowski says:

    I found you from the Christmas in July contest and stayed to look around. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some fabric. I’ve been sewing for many years and have a lot of Lazy Girl ways LOL. With pattern cutting my favorite is using pattern weights instead of pinning. I even use them now with stencils on my quilts.

  32. Debbie Rogowski
    Debbie Rogowski says:

    I found you from the Christmas in July contest and stayed to look around. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some fabric. I’ve been sewing for many years and have a lot of Lazy Girl ways LOL. With pattern cutting my favorite is using pattern weights instead of pinning. I even use them now with stencils on my quilts.

  33. Patricia Hersl
    Patricia Hersl says:

    Chain piecing is a great time saver. Couple that with using thread nips instead of scissors at your machine. You’ll love the easy flow.

  34. Patricia Hersl
    Patricia Hersl says:

    Chain piecing is a great time saver. Couple that with using thread nips instead of scissors at your machine. You’ll love the easy flow.

  35. Virginia Frazier
    Virginia Frazier says:

    Joan’s patterns are so user friendly. I love watching her on Kaye Wood.

    I just love the prints in this fat quarter line.

  36. Virginia Frazier
    Virginia Frazier says:

    Joan’s patterns are so user friendly. I love watching her on Kaye Wood.

    I just love the prints in this fat quarter line.

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