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The Penny Inn - June 2015 Bag of The Month Club

YES! At last it is my turn to show you my contribution as "Miss June"  for the Bag of the Month Club (Yes you can still join! Click here!)

This year I decided to offer something a little bit different - A Wallet! I have had a lot of FUN as well as a little bit of hair pulling designing this wallet BUT I am happy to say I really love using my "Penny Inn" and I hope you will too!

The Penny Inn  Wallet - A ChrisW Designs PDF Sewing Pattern

While this is one of my Advanced designs, my pattern testers and I have worked really hard to make sure the pattern is as easy to follow as it can be so that anyone with just a little bit of bag making experience under their belt, can make it too! Truly!


The Penny Inn features a gorgeous flip lock main compartment closure, opening into 8 card slots with optional slip pocket, two large slip pockets, a zippered coin section, an additional zipper pocket and a phone slip pocket. The second wallet section, secured by a snap tab, features an additional 12 card pockets, an ID window and a slip pocket as well as another zipper pocket. You can choose to add a wrist strap, or an adjustable cross body strap. Both are secured via detachable hooks, so why not make both straps so you can swap them as desired. Or remove them completely so you can pop your wallet in your bag instead!

Approx. size when closed and empty: W 21cm X 11cm X D 4cm (W 8 ¼” X H 4 3/8” X D 1 ½”)


Firstly a great BIG HUGE thank you to all of my testers for their patience and persistence in working out all of the BUGS for this particularly challenging pattern to design AND test. Great work Ladies, on all counts....... and I cannot say it enough, without my testers, I wouldn't be able to do what I do!

Let's check out the testers fabulous work!

First cab off the rank is one of my best bag buddies,  Samantha of Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. and fellow Bag of the Month Club designer. 

While designing this wallet, one of the biggest challenges I faced was keeping the thicknesses down...with all the features and pockets, some places ended up mighty thick!

Even after much fussing and re-working I was still worried about wether some machines may struggle.

When I mentioned this to Samantha, she told me her machine was a weakling and she would be happy to test it for me! 

So before I finalised the pattern, I sent it off to Samantha for her expert opinion! I was blown away (and mighty relieved) when in hardly no time at all she had finished! Her expert opinion is that if her machine can do it, so can anyone's....just take your time and sew slowly with a nice fresh needle! Just look at these awesome photos!

Samantha's Penny Inn!

Next up we have Marilyn of Shades of Bold. I really love the freshness of Marilyn's fabric choices! Awesome! Such neat work too!

Marilyn's Penny Inn

Next up is Ellen with her gorgeous back & white Penny Inn....How stunning is this:Ellen's Penny Inn

Ellen made not one but TWO Penny Inn's.....I think this one really catches your eye!

Ellen's 2nd Penny Inn

Next up is Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio. Daryl didn't have a flip lock so opted to use a magnetic snap instead! she always impresses me with her gorgeous fabric choices:

Daryl's Penny Inn

Of course I was most surprised that Liz of Moments didn't have a red interior this time BUT how awesome is this! Liz got brave (REALLY brave!) and used Faux leather for her very first Penny Inn!

  Liz's Penny Inn

Next up is Krista's Penny Inn....another gorgeous black and white creation! LOVE the blue lining! AWESOME! Krista made her Penny Inn using a supplement which I will be offering in my Facebook Group at a later date. The supplement will give you the option of extra pockets instead of one lot of 8 card slots....

Krista's Penny Inn

Krista has also written us a tutorial showing how to apply the corners! You can see it HERE!

Lorena of My Way Of.... always does awesome work and this is no exception! Gotta LOVE this bright red interior with the black exterior. Gorgeous!! Lorena - my way of

Norma of Norma's Bag Boutique has made this stunning version. The patterned fabric on the flap is way cool! I LOVE it! Norma's Penny Inn

Robin of Robin's Fabric Nest has showed me just how AWESOME it is to mix and match a bunch of Fat quarters! SO inspiring! I have to give this a try for my Summer Penny Inn! :) 

Robin's Penny Inn

Just look at this gorgeous Penny Inn, by Anna! What AWESOME fabric choices! I love how Anna combined her two exterior fabrics for the lining!

Anna's Penny Inn

Next up I Brinkley's bright and cheerful Penny Inn. I love all the bright colours Brinkley has used here. Awesome! Brinkley has a Facebook page which you can check out HERE! I'm sure she would appreciate some new likers! ;)Brinkley's Penny Inn

Gwen has made this awesome pink version of The Penny Inn. So gorgeous! Admittedly, I am not usually a 'pink' person BUT this one I adore! Gwen has a Facebook page HERE. Do check it out and see some of her other wonderful works and you can even buy them too!
  Gwen's Penny Inn

Next up is Simone's Penny Inn! Simone used Echino linen......doesn't it look gorgeous? I SO love the bright interior too...Green is my favourite colour BUT lately I am finding myself quite drawn to orange as well! Do check out Simone's Blog, The Equilateral Donkey! (How is that for an interesting name?) Simone has lots of inspirational creations on there for you to admire!

Simone's Penny Inn

Last but definitely not least is Rachel's Penny Inn! Gotta LOVE the Tula Pink Fabric! I thought I had it in my stash BUT after searching for it I remembered it is on it's way in the mail! Now I cant wait to get my hands on it! LOL The cute heart lock looks so sweet too, don't you think? You can see more of Rachel's awesome creations on her blog Tiger in a Tornado!

Rachel's Penny InnThe Penny Inn will be available via my website as of the 1st July but for now it is currently exclusive to the Bag of the Month Club and can still join and get ALL of this years patterns by clicking HERE!

You can check out all the fabulous prizes and awesome sponsors by clicking HERE!

Don't forget to share your awesome completed bag photos in our Flickr Pool for a chance to WIN a share of those prizes!

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I also have a FREE surprise coming soon to my Facebook Group. (If you aren't a member, you can check it out and join by clicking here!) The supplement will provide you with an alternative pocket arrangement in place of the bank of 8 card slots....Perfect if you don't have so many cards as I do! Here's a sneak peak:
I hope you enjoy making your Penny Inn and I am looking forward to seeing your finished creations! For me, that is THE most FUN part! :)


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