Dog Under My Desk Essential Wristlet - Downloadable Pattern


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The idea for this wristlet came to me before a girl’s weekend trip to Canada, where I knew I would need to have my passport, hotel room key and phone on me at all times, even when just in the hotel. Since my passport doesn’t fit in my wallet, that meant carrying a purse everywhere.

I ended up using my wristlet all the time after my trip, in fact most of the time I use the small size AS my wallet. (The iPhone still fits in the small size, but it won’t fit in a pocket in the small size. Choose the large size if you wish to fit phone and passport.) If you’re like me and carry a huge tote everywhere, it’s nice to just pull out the wristlet for a quick trip into the store.

I’ve spent the past month and a half getting those corners *just right* so that you too can have a perfect zippered wristlet. Tabs at both ends make it difficult to open the pouch wide enough to get things in and out, and zippers in side seams give you that dented corner look. This pattern will teach you, step by step, with photos, how to fearlessly install the zipper. And once you learn the technique you can apply it to any other bag that needs a top-zip. It’s a simple rectangle so that you don’t need to spend time sewing darts or boxing corners. They will sew up quickly and I promise you’ll love the result. Learn how to install the perfect zipper and be ready to amaze your friends when they ask where you bought your wristlet!

Bonus feature:  Make a larger boxed corner wristlet for that special occasion or attempt a back zippered pocket to keep your cash & coins even more accessible!

  • 16 page full color tutorial with photos + 6 pages of *bonus feature* instructions with photos (boxed corner & back zip)
  • 6 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (two rectangular wristlet sizes, two boxed corner sizes and two pocket sizes)
  • Detailed construction and zipper instructions

Description/Finished Size

This bag has a zipper closure with an inside patch pocket.

Choose from two rectangular sizes:

Finished size: 7.75” wide x 5” tall with your choice of passport/phone pocket or card pocket
Finished size: 6.75” wide x 4.5” tall with card pocket

Choose from two boxed corner sizes:

Finished size: 7.75″ wide x 5″ tall x 1.5″ deep
Finished size: 8.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall by  2″ deep

Materials Needed

Main fabric: Fat quarter or 1/2 yard
Lining fabric: Fat quarter or 1/4 yard
Fusible interfacing: 1/2 yard (Pellon SF101)
Sew-in interfacing: 1/4 yard (Pellon 926 or Pellon 50) Hardware: 1 Lobster Clasp & 1 D-Ring
(My favorite sizes are 1/2” or 5/8” D-Rings & Lobster Clasps)
9” or longer zipper (10″ or longer for largest boxed corner size)
Zipper foot
Size 80/12 or 90/14 Microtex/Sharp needles
Point turner
Matching Thread
Hand sewing needle

Designer Terms of Use:  You may sew a small quantity of items to sell. Please give credit. Do not distribute pattern pieces or instructions.

Format:  PDF File - Available for Instant Download
Pages: 28 (Instructions + Illustrations:  16; Pattern Sheets: 3; Bonus Boxed Corner Instructions/Pattern Sheets: 9)
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