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Vintage tea towel wallet/purse

Added Mar 11, 2010

by Zyanya Walker

Sydney, Australia






A while ago I discovered a bag of vintage tea towels in the linen cupboard which my nanna must have brought over and left in there. They were all unused and in such nice condition. I made this wallet with one of the tea towels. At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to cut it up but as it was so nice. It was so nice I wouldn’t even ever use it as a tea towel so then i figured that it is silly to have something so nice and never use it! Now I am glad I did it. I have another nice tea towel but that is definitely not getting cut up. It is of the cutest donkey.
This is my first wallet I’ve made properly. I did not use a pattern I just thought about how I wanted it to look then cut out all the pieces i would need.
There is 5 card holder pockets. 1 Zip pocket with a pocket behind that. It closes with a wooden button and elastic which was just a hair tie.

Material Notes

vintage tea towel




Garment Type

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    Dec 23, 2010, 04.31 AMby Abby Díaz

    Do you have a tutorial? I really like it _.

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      Dec 23, 2010, 11.52 PMby Zyanya Walker

      Sorry I don’t have one. I sort of made it up as i went! If you do decide to make something similar I recommend using interfacing inbetween the layers so it isnt floppy! I made one for my mun and it was a bit floppy but that green one stays firm because of my cards.

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    Mar 12, 2010, 01.56 PMby mandicoulter

    great job! :)

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    Mar 11, 2010, 05.02 PMby smallone

    FANTASTIC!!!! just love the re-purpose /up-cycle of the tea towel to a wallet – who’d have thought….lovely print too and the end result is so pretty – that wooden button really just finishes it all off nicely - lovely work!

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    Mar 11, 2010, 04.20 PMby sunnilj9

    I love it! Totally jealous I don’t have one and out of that same fabric!

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    Mar 11, 2010, 07.00 AMby ragdolly


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    Mar 11, 2010, 05.18 AMby nattyjane

    I have definitely eyed pretty tea towels in the past, but haven’t known what to do with them… this is a great idea! Your end result is just wonderful. Very neatly done and handy too.

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    Mar 11, 2010, 01.56 AMby mlssfshn

    Great work , nice details , love the finished piece.

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