The Barcelona Wallet

One of my (sewing) goals for this year was to venture myself into the art of sewing bags. Some say it is easier than sewing clothes, some say it is harder. I say... it depends on the pattern! :)
This year I had already the opportunity to make two amazing bags - the Retro Rucksack and the Senna tote - and I loved sewing them up! The only thing I regret on bag patterns is that it takes a lot more time to cut and interface all the one million pieces then to sew it up. :) But the result is always so rewarding!

Today I am sharing with you my last making - the Barcelona wallet!

These next two weeks are going to be Handbags Galore on the sewing blogosphere, because it is time for Perfect Pattern Parcel #7 and it is all about HANDBAGS!!
This parcel includes: 

  • Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
  • Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns 
  • Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs 
  • Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White 
  • Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns 
  • BONUS PATTERN (if you choose a price higher than $32): Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet - this is an exclusive release!

Barcelona wallet, pattern by Pat Bravo.

Cork (as main fabric), wool (for the tab, you may recognize it from this dress) and floral cotton (for the lining).
Who would say that cork would make such an amazing fabric? Well, it does! It is super pliable and great to work with. It is very resistant and waterproof! Great for making wallets and bags. And umbrellas and shoes. Oh yes, just google it and you will be amazed! 

I really enjoyed making this wallet.The instructions are clear and easy to follow. 
This pattern has lots of pockets: 3 card pockets, a big bill pocket, a zipper pocket, and a main pocket which is perfect for carrying your smartphone!
It closes with a zipper and a snap that is sewn to the tab.
I have add a keychain and a little bling to the zipper - a charm and a little black bow.

This wallet is perfect to keep all your important stuff and the size is just perfect! (Not too small, not too big!)

I already have fabric cut to make one more bag from that amazing list... the Betty Bowler! I have been eyeing it since it was released and I have been tortured by all the wonderful versions of it on the Swoon Patterns group on Facebook. I am so excited for being working on this patern! 
I have to say I am not sure I will stop after this one... I mean, look at all these gorgeous bags!!... 

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

How Pattern Parcel Works
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year. 
This is the last Parcel of the year and it is all about great patterns to make gifts for the holidays as well as do some selfish sewing

Make sure to check all these links in the next two weeks to get your daily dose of Inspiration for these Pattern Parcel!

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted
Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings
Sunday, November 9  from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS
Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping
Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana
Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel
Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor
Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?' 
Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper
Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts
Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado
Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober
Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery
Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft
Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro

Happy sewing!

And, Peace!


  1. Cork fabric? How interesting! I love the look and I'll definitely be researching it. Thanks for the rucksack mention!

  2. Holy moly. That's awesome. Just so sweet.

  3. Adoro!!! Cortiça... Brilhante!!!

  4. Do you have a recommended source for the cork fabric? I am fascinated by it!

  5. Que ideia original, usar a cortiça como tecido!! Ficou muito gira!

  6. Two years ago I had a wallet made out of cork fabric and I loved it so much!

    I just love cork!

    Beautiful wallet

  7. Está bem gira e bem... cortiça é um DAQUELES materiais fabulosos de se ter numa carteira! ;-)


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