Padded Wristlet Tutorial

This wristlet is a a quick and easy project and with practice, can be completed in less than 30 minutes. Fat quarters of fabric can be substituted for 1/4 yard lengths. Customize each wristlet with decorative stitching, adding interior or exterior pockets, or adding trim and buttons. The creativity is up to you!

Materials Needed:

  • 1/4 yard of outer fabric
  • 1/4 yard of lining fabric
  • 1/4 yard of fusible fleece
  • all-purpose zipper
  • thread

RS: Right side of fabric or zipper
WS: Wrong side of fabric or zipper

Step 1:

Cut the following pieces

  • Outer fabric 6” x 9” – cut 2
  • Outer fabric 2” x 12” – cut 1
  • Lining fabric 6” x 9” – cut 2
  • Fusible fleece 5½” x 8½” – cut 2

Step 2:

Center the fusible fleece on the wrong side of each larger outer fabric, and use a steam iron to fuse in place.

(Optional – use decorative stitching, free motion quilting, or applique to ornament one or both pieces of the wristlet outer fabric.)

Step 3:

Place zipper RS up against the long edge of lining RS. Place fused outer fabric with RS facing down towards zipper. Align edges of fabric with edges of zipper and pin in place. Using a zipper foot, stitch the three layers together with a 1/4” seam, being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of stitching.

Press seam away from zipper.

Step 4:

Place second piece of lining with RS facing up on workspace. Place the free edge of the zipper RS up against the long edge of the lining. Side edges of the pieces already sewn to the zipper should match with the new lining place on the bottom. Place second fused outer fabric with RS facing down towards zipper. Using a zipper foot, stitch the three layers together with a 1/4” seam, being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of stitching.

Press seams away from zipper.

Step 5:

Working with strap, fold in half length with WS together and press. Open out and fold outer edges in to meet crease. This will conceal raw edges along the long edges. Press again. Edgestitch along each long edge of the strap.

Step 6:

Fold strap in half, matching ends. Pin the ends of the strap to the short end of one of the outer fabric panels, close to the zipper. Be sure to keep the lining and other side of bag free when pinning. The strap loop should be pointed up towards the center of the bag where the zipper is sewn.

Step 7: Partially unzip the zipper. This ensures you can turn the wristlet right side out after sewing it all together.

Step 8:

Match outer fabrics RS together and pin around 3 sides. Match lining fabrics RS together and pin around 3 sides.

Stitch around all edges of wristlet using a 1/4” seam, leaving a 3” opening along the long edge of the lining. Stitch slowly over zipper ends to prevent breaking needle. Trim zipper ends and corners.

Step 9:

Turn bag right side out. Tuck raw edges inside along opening in lining. Close opening by hand with whipstitches or by machine by stitching close to edge and backstitching at either end of the opening. Tuck lining inside wristlet and you’re done!

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