If you follow my blog, you may have seen my post on the froggiest of frogged projects in 2016. It was a scarf I had intended to make for my brother-in-law that, let's say, just wasn't meant to be. However, the cloth that I did weave was pretty and it seemed such a shame to let it just wallow in a closet until a sad day when it was finally just thrown in the bin. I kept my eyes peeled for a project that might suit the material...and maybe make me feel better about it.
A couple of months ago, I saw some free wallet patterns on Craftsy. I downloaded one (link provided) with no thoughts of making it in any foreseeable future. However, as I straightened up my craft room the other day, I stumbled upon the scarf that was not a scarf...and a little lightbulb went off. It was the perfect size fabric for the wallet! I even had some scrap fabric I could use for the interior! So, in a fervor of excitement over the discovery I had EVERYTHING I needed to make a wallet, I spent my Sunday morning break from the kiddos doing just that.
I have to say, I have mixed feelings about the results. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a lovely wallet- its my craftsmanship that wrinkles my brow a little. I have enough materials to make it again, so I think I will now that I know the pitfalls and limitations of my own abilities. However, it was a ton of fun. I got to try some sewing things I'd never done, like zippers and topstitching. And the wallet can even hold my phone...it has its own little pocket.
The takeaway from my experience, though, really was that I finally made something new out of something a wove, which was a great feeling. I am fairly new to weaving and I have always just woven completed objects- like a scarf, a towel, a rug mug...I have not made anything worth a hoot out of the fabric I have woven. I feel like a whole new door has opened for me. That is not necessarily a good thing...I really don't need any more doors open in my crafting life, it's getting drafty. But I'm smiling about it anyway.