Flower Child Barcelona Wallet- Parcel #7

Is it just me, or does it feel like we just did this... it's Pattern Parcel time again!! The last one ended just a week ago, but I'm not complaining- I LOVE seeing what everyone makes with these patterns, and I love sewing things up for the Parcel blog tour. This is the last parcel of the year so I'm soaking it up while it lasts.

Parcel #7 is all handbags. Feast your eyes.

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

Parcel #7 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: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet

Bonus Pattern:

Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers! And in case you haven't been around here much, or don't know what Perfect Pattern Parcel is- here's the spiel:

"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 Donorschoose.org 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."
I am Holli Coats, and I support this message. (just a little post-election humor for you :)
Anyhow, Parcel #7 launched TODAY and I'm happy to be sharing my (first) make from this parcel today on the blog tour. I've got quite the story for you on my Betty Bowler bag journey that I'll be sharing some time soon, once I can get it sewn up, but suffice it to say I ran in to some snags (not pattern related at all) and decided to put that project on hold for a bit and sew up the Barcelona Wallet. Don't see it up there in the parcel pictures? I almost missed it too, since it isn't pictured, but the Barcelona Bag comes with a wallet pattern as well- double bonus! And it's a super cute wallet pattern, at that!
I was drawn to the quilting detail on the front immediately. I wasn't sure how this striped fabric would work with the diagonal quilting but I went for it anyway because I love it. Also I'm channeling my inner hippie/flower child here with the retro green/blue stripe and the floral lining. I'm totally ok with this.
This wallet is a great size. I have a small wallet to hold all my cards (and occasional cash) that my keys attach to. If I'm ever going out for a quick trip without my kids I just grab my wallet/keys and phone and leave my purse that is generally caked with smashed goldfish and littered with kids meal toys from Chick-fil-a. Then there's the diapers, wipes, random bags of snacks, water bottle, multiple sets of headphones, and whatever else I've left in there for far too long. I love being able to ditch all that when I'm out by myself, but then I never have a place for my phone. Enter the Barcelona wallet. This is just big enough to fit my cards, phone, chapstick, keys, and even some feminine products if the need arises. It is cute enough to carry by itself, but small enough to stash in whatever bag I need to take on any given day.
I find that I have a lot of packed bags- my every day with kids bag (the above mentioned one caked with goldfish crackers), my church bag, and another bag for day trips or times when I need more stuff. I switch between all of these depending on my needs, so I'm excited to have a wallet to hold my essentials that I can throw in whatever bag I'm using, which invariable is stuffed with various kid stuff. It's sort of like my own little space where my things won't get lost in the sea of markers and board books.
As for the sewing details, here they are:
Pattern: Barcelona Wallet by Pat Bravo
What I loved:
  • the quilted front
  • separate pattern pieces for interfacing mean I don't have to cut into my pattern or trim down myself
  • the size, as I've already raved about
  • lots of organization inside
What I changed:
  • I used heavy weight interfacing because that's all I had. Don't do that.
  • I omitted one card pocket because of bulk (from the too-thick interfacing)
  • used leather for my flap piece and opted to leave the edges raw
  • added a leather pull tab to my zipper
What I'll change next time:
  • BUY THE RIGHT INTERFACING. Because the bulk makes the lining sort of buckle and not fit right inside the wallet
  • if I use this thin leather again I'll fold over the edges
  • I'd like more card slots and less cash pocket spots, so I'll probably omit the card pockets and stitch down the cash pockets to the lining in intervals to form pockets. Does that make sense?
  • insert my interior zipper the same direction as my exterior one- right now when the outer zipper is open it covers the tab of the inner zipper and makes it hard to open. A simple switch would make life easier
  • I might add a d-ring on the side for latching keys on to, just to keep things easy to find
Notions & Fabric:
  • exterior fabric- thrifted years ago, a medium weight wool blend I'm guessing
  • lining fabric- floral remnant from a dress up cape I made a while back- originally from Joann
  • leather- upcycled from a leather jacket
  • heavy duty yellow thread for topstitching
  • zippers both from Joann
So there she is, my new wallet, and a whole parcel of fabulous bag patterns just in time for holiday gift sewing! As I said, today is the first day of the blog tour, so you can follow along with all the great bloggers over the next two weeks. Links are below, or you can make it even easier and follow @patternparcel on instagram, like the Perfect Pattern Parcel Facebook page, and even join the Pattern Parcel Facebook group for a more interactive experience.

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

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