Mar 02, 2021

March Featured Maker - Mary L.

Handmade Wallets

We received a lot of beautiful pieces for this month's feature. We love seeing what you all come up with (and there are a lot of unique projects). Our March Featured Maker is Mary L. with her beautifully handmade wallets.

The first wallet I made was in January 2018, but I’ve made lots of purses and even taught a purse-making class at my LQS. My first sewing project was a needle-turned appliqué of a black rooster on a dish towel that I still have. My mom taught me that when I was about eight—I’m 70 now. I sewed many of my clothes in high school and went on to attend Stout State University (now the University of Wisconsin-Stout) but unfortunately didn’t finish. Fun Fact: Nancy Zieman attended Stout as well.
I have made one bridal gown and several bridesmaid’s gowns, and my method for making matching ascots for the groomsmen was featured in Bride’s Magazine in the late 70’s. I do very little garment sewing anymore though. With purses and wallets, I don’t have to worry about fit! LOL.

The wallets can be a challenge, but there are several tips for success. I purchased acrylic templates, a rivet press, a scoring board to mark the fold lines for the credit card pockets, and a steam press for applying the interfacing. All these items make the job much easier.

Mary has sewn 25 wallets since her first in 2018. Most of which are shared to be gifts for others. Some have been donated to silent auctions for churches, some for friends in grieving times, and some just as a simple "Thank you" or an exchange.
The pattern Mary uses is the Necessary Clutch Wallet (NCW) by Emmaline Bags.


  • Denise EngMar 23, 2021

    Mary is my sister-in-law. I have admired her creativity and skill with her sewing machine for many years! I have been the lucky recipient of a couple of her products, including a beautiful wallet incorporating 2 of my favorite things—cats and the color purple. Thank you for featuring her work! It’s even better when you see it in real life!

  • Linda RussellMar 19, 2021

    Your wallets are lovely. What a gift you are blessed with.
    Thank you for sharing with others.
    In kind regards. Linda

  • Adriana CampuzanoMar 11, 2021

    WOW! Mary, I love your fabric combinations. Your wallets are beautiful. I just might have to try to make one.

  • Lori H.Mar 10, 2021

    Congratulations Mary, You have always been an extremely talented seamstress. From your work to sew our bridesmaids dresses to the ascot you fashioned for Jim (using material from my wedding dress – that was featured in Brides magazine), you are fabulous! So happy to see your creativity continues. Kudos!

  • Sharon Baldwin Mar 04, 2021

    Every pictured item today is so so beautiful.The workmanship professional and something every woman would love. But at my age of 76 and seriously declining health ( no matter how long I have quilted ) I can not make this. Beautiful tho.

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