Let me just say this first: I CAN'T BELIEVE I SEWED THIS. 

What made me take on this DIY project with my amateurish sewing skills was because I could never find a wallet I truly like. I'm very particular about the size, number of pockets, and a coin compartment is a must. So when I saw this Have-It-All Wallet pattern on Oliver and S, I was thinking like, maybe I could sew one myself.

Before I even attempted it, I already hesitated a lot because I had to pay for the pattern. It was the first-ever pattern I paid for. With all the free online tutorials, you would think that it was rather lame to pay for a pattern.

But it was definitely worth paying for because comparing with some free online tutorials, I had absolutely no idea what a lot were saying but this pattern I bought was so detailed, it really helped me, who is at sewing beginner level.

The first few steps were a torturous experience because it was a steep learning curve for me. I had to undo the stitches like countless times, the sewing machine also often gets wonky and I even had to re-do the whole zipper pouch compartment right from the cutting of the cloth.

Now I know why people go for sewing classes. Sometimes it really helps if there's a real person guiding and having classmates encouraging you along. All I could see was the instructions in front of me. Thank God for a very nice hubby who told me like CONSTANTLY not to give up and reminded me like FOREVER to appreciate the whole learning process. He even gave me a few hours off to complete it.

I managed to finish it after 3 days 3 nights. I am really happy about it but because I didn't use a suitable cloth, it turned out rather flimsy. Hence, I can't really stuff a lot of things inside and ended up making a little card pouch on the sides to keep the extra cards (online tutorial at The Crafty Cupboard). So if you ever see me handling my wallet every so gently, you will know why - I'm trying to extend it's lifespan :)

the have-it-all wallet

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